New Yorkers have lots of options. Film, theater, dance, music, art, cuisine – New York has it all and more. We’re often overwhelmed with the amount of choices of things to do in this amazingly crazy city that truly never sleeps.
Last week my girlfriend and I chose to try something a bit different for our weekend brunch outing. We heard about the new Burlesque Brunch at Toro Loco. What could be better on a lazy Saturday afternoon than a bit of booze and booty, with a bit of food thrown in?
ToroLoco is a new-ish Mexican eatery down in the Financial District that opened this past May on Cinco de Mayo. The decor inside is festive and the restaurant is cozy yet spacious. We arrived to some sexy jams from a guy playing live sax, warming up the audience for what would be coming next.
Diving in we ordered a Mezcal Mule and Mimosa. Both were good and to warm ourselves up more for the show we ordered a Blood Maria and Michelada. The Burlesque Brunch is $50 per person which includes six different drink offerings as well as the food, and it’s bottomless!
The Flautas de Chorizo, crispy corn tortillas filled with chorizo and potato, chopped iceberg lettuce, sour cream and cotija cheese, were a good start, which we immediately followed with Huervos Rancheros with overeasy eggs, crispy tortillas shells, ranchera sauce, black beans, tostadas, avocado, queso fresco and sour cream. Then the real show began.
The MC of our show was Storm Marrero. We immediately recognized her from her amazing performances at Brooklyn’s Company XIV. She’s got a voice – oh my, she’s got a voice, that woman can SING! After prepping the audience she introduced the first performer of the afternoon, a dazzling beauty who began dancing and disrobing before our eyes.
Before the next artist came out we ordered some more fuel. The Sopes Benedict Toro Loco, crispy tortillas shells topped with refried pinto beans, shredded chicken tinga, chopped lettuce, sour cream and cotija cheese were yummy, as were the Quesadilla Callejeras, chicken patties, lettuce, sour cream and cotija cheese. Now, time for some more SKIN!
The next lady was a true knockout. Her sexy show was fun, but too short as we wanted to continue ogling her beautiful body. But hey, that’s burlesque! The final performer was just as sexy if not more so. What more could you ask for at a bottomless burlesque brunch?! We had a nice time and will probably be going back to check out Toro Loco’s other Drag Queen Brunch Party on Sunday afternoons!
– Michael Riegelman
15 Stone Street
btw. Broad and Whitehall Streets
New York, NY 10004
Photos courtesy of Molly Tavoletti for Toro Loco and by Socially Superlative