Downtown’s Biggest Party Is at Toro Loco’s Sunday Drag Brunch

06/24/2024 in
Downtown’s Biggest Party Is at Toro Loco’s Sunday Drag Brunch

Everyone knows the three most important aspects of any drag brunch are 1) high-energy drag queens, 2) plenty of drinks and 3) solidly good brunch food (in that order). Most seasoned drag brunch veterans have come to expect only two out of the three, so we were delighted to discover on a recent visit that all three components were not only present, but excellent at Toro Loco (15 Stone St.). 

First thing’s first: this place is a party. The lights are low, the music is loud (there’s a live DJ) and the crowd is lively. But that’s what you’re there for. If you’re not, be advised that there is also lovely backyard seating for those who prefer sunlight and Lower Manhattan birdsong over color-changing lights and Madonna stuck in your head for days.

The #1 thing to know about Toro Loco is that the food is great. The generously apportioned chicken and waffle sandwich was the most popular dish at our table, but the California bowl was a close second. The señor sandwich, a BLT with chipotle mayo and an over-easy egg on a croissant, was also delicious, filling, and came with a heaping side of fries. The food came out quickly, crucially with plenty of time to stuff our faces before the show started. (Because is there anything worse than rushing through your meal while someone does splits on the table next to you?) The servers were helpful and attentive, so we were able to take advantage of the 90-minute bottomless drink special — which, at $32, is a great deal if you want at least two drinks. And the classic margaritas on the rocks are perfectly tart and refreshing, not too sweet, so you probably do want at least two. You can also try them flavored and frozen, or opt for a mimosa, Bloody Mary or spiked seltzer as part of the bottomless deal.

Of course, you don’t just come to Toro Loco on a Sunday for the grub. You also come to Toro Loco on Sunday for its hour-long drag show, hosted by Frida Cox and Jessica Rose. The hilarious duo calls themselves Las Borrachas, which roughly translates to “drunk girls” in Spanish. The queens leave it all on the dance floor, lip sync for their lives and, of course, encourage you to drink up throughout the show. So bring your dancing shoes, your ones, and expect to whoop it up, lose your voice and release your inhibitions (feel the rain on your skin). 

For a perfectly rowdy afternoon spent with friends, reserve your table here.

photo: Toro Loco

Tags: drag brunch, pride 2024, toro loco

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