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Putting the Fun Back in Brunch

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Sunday Brunch at your average local restaurant can be a rather genteel affair. Eggs Benedict, carving stations, perhaps livened up with a bloody mary or mimosa, but usually pretty staid.

That image seems to be changing—or at least evolving--in the New York City area, according a recent report in The New York Post.

Feel like warbling your favorite song between while your scrambled eggs are cooking? Check out Bar 9, where karaoke is on the brunch menu from noon till 4 p.m. This Hell's Kitchen hot spot is a bit of a dive bar, offering choices like scrambled eggs with tater tots and bacon cheeseburgers—plus unlimited bloody marys and mimosas included on the prix-fixe menu. Now that’ll get your singing pipes lubricated.

How about brunch at a bowling alley? Brooklyn Bowl offers fried chicken, buttermilk pancakes, and cinnamon toast pizza with strawberries, bananas and Nutella. Strikes, spares and finger-licking fried chicken…what’s not to like?

At Body by Brooklyn, you can enjoy a leisurely meal along with your Jacuzzi sauna or facial. The three-course brunch prix-fixe starts with a fruit smoothie shooter, and includes choices such as mac’n’cheese cupcakes and French toast with fresh strawberries.

Isa in Williamsburg may be a good choice if you have toddlers in tow. Williamsburg’s Puppetsburg troupe leads the youngsters in a puppet-making workshop and then performs a puppet show for tykes from infants to 4-year-olds. Offered every other Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m., the menu features things like zeppoles, breakfast pizza, and sourdough pancakes.

Could this trend spread west beyond the Hudson River? Only time will tell. Sure sounds fun, though.

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