When: Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What’s bottomless: $28 for mimosas, margaritas, Bud Lights and bloody marys.
What to eat: Tex-Mex breakfast dishes, like tomatillo chilaquiles or steak and egg tacos.
The scene: Imagine the nightmare brunch scenario: You have a date on the calendar, the evites are sent, the reservation is made, the outfits are picked. Then your crew arrives with a few too many tag-alongs, leaving waiters to scramble for extra chairs as everyone packs around a too-small table and the whole thing devolves into cramped, grumpy awkwardness. That doesn’t happen at Mission Navy Yard, where there are eight (eight!) different event spaces available to rent — granted, some of these spaces are, literally, a nook between the edge of the bar and the wall. But you can also rent private rooms, or even the entire restaurant. Mission Navy Yard has four bars, including one it claims is the largest in the city, measuring a whopping 150 feet. And on the second floor, six garage doors open to balconies. There’s no room rental fee, but some spaces do come with a minimum — a perfect way to encourage plus-one invites to graduation gatherings, wedding after-parties, alumni events and corporate receptions.
The food, billed as Tex-Mex, is a heavy hangover antidote. A waitress tells me that she’s never had a complaint about the breakfast burrito, filled with rice, beans and scrambled eggs, and that the vegan mushroom tacos are mistakenly overlooked. Remember that bottomless drinks are served only with the order of a menu item (chips don’t count!), and only if the whole table is partaking (though exceptions are made for those who don’t drink). There’s no time limit, but groups of five or more doing bottomless are subject to a 20 percent automatic gratuity.