Manhattan attorney Robert Halpern is suing the State Liquor Authority over a loophole in the 1999 law that allows the boozy brunches, saying he’s surrounded by 454 restaurants slinging drinks in the area.
“Bottomless brunches lead to more drinking in the neighborhood, which leads to more noise, more crowds and more uncivil behavior,” Halpern, 62, gripes in court papers.
“I hear the noise. I hear the shouting. I hear people outside my window — more people treating every evening as a celebration,” he fumed.
The SLA has claimed that bottomless brunches — where customers pay a set amount for endless mimosas and Bloody Marys — are exempt from a rule prohibiting unlimited drinks because the “service of alcohol is incidental to the event.”
Halpern insists that’s nonsense.
“Alcoholic beverages are not ‘incidental’ to the bottomless brunches, they are intrinsic to them,” he said.
The exception to the law was meant for truly special events including weddings, banquets and New Year’s Eve packages, according to Halpern’s Manhattan Supreme Court suit.
“I don’t think there’s anything particularly special about brunch,” Halpern added.
The “bottomless brunches encourage young adults to drink excessively in short periods of time in order to get the most bang or their buck,” he added.
His suit accuses the SLA of ignoring his complaints about four establishments including Pardon My French on Avenue B that offers one entree and limitless drinks for $29.95.