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This is the weekend to go to the DNV Rooftop Brunch. It’s supposed to be sunny and in the 80s during brunch this Saturday and Sunday. You should go to the DNV Rooftop Brunch for the view. The view is reason 1, the drinks are reason 2 and the food is reason 3. If you only want a drink and a view, that’s fine too.

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That isn’t a knock on the food. The Zentan inspired dishes (Zentan is on the ground floor and you should go) are great, especially the shrimp and grits (sauteed tiger prawns, manchego cheese grits, shiitake mushrooms) and shumai (steamed house made pork & shrimp dumplings, masago, chili-garlic sauce). Order those (if you’re with someone, if you’re alone, just order the shrimp and grits (and there’s no shame in getting brunch alone, especially on a rooftop)) and a Handlebars (Wild Turkey rye, carpano antica, campari & citrus fruit leather mustache) and that’s more than enough.

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If you’re in a group larger than two, try the easily sharable chicken & waffles (fried‎ chicken served in a waffle cone bowl, Negi compound butter, cashew honey butter, maple syrup) and the Beignets (Gluten free Beignets, powdered sugar, strawberry-brandy sauce). Regardless of your group size, order the Beignets. We were surprised by these. They actually pair really well with the Handlebars so maybe just drink a recommended Sake with your entree and the Handlebars with desert. Actually, just drink whatever the bartender recommends you drink at the Donovan House Rooftop Lounge. Their staff is friendly but not overbearing and knowledgeable without being judgey.

DNV Rooftop brunch

If you’re not able to get a seat on 14th between P and V and don’t love the idea of doing downtown, consider the DNV Rooftop Brunch. Wear sunglasses and go around noon. You’ll be happy with your decision and if you’re not, eat the citrus fruit leather mustache (it’s got booze in it) from your Handlebears and if an alcoholic mustache gummy on a roof doesn’t make things a little better maybe you shouldn’t ever go to brunch.

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The DNV Rooftop Brunch is every Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the roof of The Donovan.

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