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May 13, 2006 04:44 PM

Brunch in the east village?

  • m

anyone have any recommendations that won't break the bank? Great bloody marys are a big plus.


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  1. six recommendations that are moderately priced, in no particular order:

    1) prune
    e. 1st st btwn 2nd/1st aves
    one of the best brunches in the city. it's small and cramped, so not necessarily good for large groups. not sure if you can rsvp for brunch but if so, definitely take advantage of that option. almost everything's great here, but definitely don't miss out on the sausages.

    2) great jones cafe
    cajun dive on great jones st btwn lafayette st & bowery in noho, very close to the east village. good brunch and fun times in a small, cramped, honky-tonk style cajun eatery. they have good cocktails, including vodka lemonade, dark and stormy (dark rum and ginger ale), and yes, good bloody marys.

    3) five points
    great jones st btwn lafayette st & bowery in noho, across the street from great jones cafe. one of the best brunches in the city. not sure if they have bloody marys but i'd bet that they do, based on their drink selection. good for groups, and i'm pretty sure you can rsvp for brunch as well. nice, modern setting.

    4) clinton street baking company
    clinton st btwn houston/stanton sts, lower east side
    just south of the east village. probably my favorite brunch place downtown; their wild blueberry pancakes are crave-worthy. only thing is that brunch waits are horrendous (1 hour +), so get there early (i think they open at 10am, but you should call to confirm this) to avoid lengthy waits. good lunch items (burgers, soups) as well.

    5) flea market cafe
    avenue a btwn e. 9th st/st. marks place
    nice, casual french bistro with solid but unspectacular brunch. it's particularly nice when the weather is pleasant, as they have floor-to-ceiling windows that are opened up when the weather cooperates. lunch here is an especially good deal.

    6) general store
    ave b btwn e. 3rd/e. 2nd sts
    classic, traditional american food in a faux-retro "americana" eatery with 5-and-10 store decor.

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    1. re: surly

      I was at Flea Market Cafe for brunch recently. They do a $9.95 brunch, which seemed like a pretty good deal - you get your choice of entree (french toast, omelettes, and a few other choices I can't remember), orange juice and either coffee or tea. I had the french toast which came with a fruit salad (it unfortunately consisted mostly of bananas and mangos which I don't like). The french toast was good, but there were only two slices, which left me a little on the hungry side. I probably would have been fuller had I ordered an omelette that came with a salad and hash browns. It's nice when they open up the front on nice days.

      1. re: surly

        General Store closed down. I definitely second Clinton Street Bakery and Prune as the best brunch options in the neighborhood.

      2. There is a new place on East 4th - Knife + Fork that just started brunch this weekend. Interesting menu, very diverse and won't break the bank. Excellent bloody mary made with Sake!

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        1. re: Kristi

          Tried to go to brunch here this afternoon having been once already. The place was dark and empty -- they were closed! Ran into the chef who apologized, said they were having trouble finding waitstaff. He said they might try to start doing brunch again in the winter.

        2. Sunburnt Cow - comes with unlimited Bloody Mary's, Mimosas, or Fosters.

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          1. re: R

            i think the food at sunburnt cow is ok at best, but the unlimited booze makes up for it.

          2. Try Café Mogador on St. Marks. Dunno about bloody marys, but the food and atmosphere are great (so was the service, despite the crowd).

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            1. re: piccola

              I'll second Mogador. Excellent food, nice selection.

            2. mogador thirded. cafe orlin does a great brunch as well.

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              1. re: wleatherette

                both are equally good, but the menu is larger at orlin. although has anyone noticed that the two places look identical inside?

                1. re: piccola

                  yes we went to Mogador today for the first time, and I thought for a second that we had been there before, but no, we had just been to Orlin many times.

                  Mogador has a an excellent brunch, overall food quality better than what I remember at Orlin, which is also good. Fabulous poached organic eggs benedict in about 6 styles, the Moroccan (spicy tomato sauce) and Blackstone (bacon and roasted tomato) were both really good. Good cappucino and fresh squeezed OJ, $11. Didn't have mimosas. At 11:30 on Sunday Orlin was packed but there was a lot of room at Mogador.

                  One of those places that makes you feel like the EV is the best place in the universe to be. Will return to try their couscous.

                  1. re: piccola

                    I believe Orlin and Mogador are the same or related owners. ACtually I believe they're Israeli.