Unlimited Drinks at Brunch Are Illegal, Endangered

According to Eater / a million people on Twitter, The New York City Hospitality Alliance has issued a press release reminding everyone that bottomless drinks at brunch are illegal. Thanks, guys:

The law, according to the SLA [NY State Liquor Authority) website, specifically prohibits restaurants “from selling, serving, delivering or offering to patrons an unlimited number of drinks during any set period of time for a fixed price.” Letting promotors or party organizers do the same is also unlawful, as is any drink special that “attempts to circumvent the law.”

In fact, the only kind of drink deals that are legal are two-for-one specials and discounts no larger than half off the original price. And while the SLA hasn’t cracked down yet, it’s only a matter of time before it puts a stop the practice of pounding as many bloody Marys as possible before 3 p.m.

Well maybe they could keep looking the other way if you weren’t sending out press releases about it, Hospitality Alliance! Sheesh.

I, for one, cannot drink during the day because it only makes me want to sleep / give up on life / descend into a weekend-long shame spiral, but I support others’ rights to drink bottomless, watered-down mimosas if they so please. And so I can be like, “Oh, just coffee for me, please, I want to get some work done later,” and make everyone hate me.

Photo: theculinarygeek

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