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Sunday brunch/lunch in Williamsburg

deb-in-billyburg Oct 26, 2001 11:59 AM

You'd think I'd know, wouldn't you? I need a place for noon lunch or whatever on Sunday; I prefer lunch, rather than brunch food, and we don't want to wait for a table. Suggestions?

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    Kevin K. RE: deb-in-billyburg Oct 26, 2001 01:38 PM

    Teddy's (Berry & N. 8) servers above average pub fair and has amazing bloody mary's. Good mix of options for brunch. Most of the time, there isn't a wait and if there is, it tends to be short. Relish (Wythe & N. 3) has been hit-or-miss lately, but I still really enjoy it there and they have a good mix of breakfast/lunch items for brunch. No wait at all, too. Still haven't tried Oznot for brunch (because of the wait), but people say it's amazing for brunch.

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      deb-in-billyburg RE: Kevin K. Oct 29, 2001 01:22 PM

      Thanks. We went to Teddy's, and, while I'm not with you on the bloody marys (mine wasn't sufficiently bloody or spicey), I did have fun food, and our waitress was a great mix of attentive and sarcastic. I was surprised by how good the guac was.

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        The Pie Queen RE: deb-in-billyburg Oct 29, 2001 02:08 PM

        I'm in Queens now, but I used to live in Williamsburg, and often went to the Grey Parrot for brunch. It's on Bedford and North 5, or maybe 4. It's a small, unassuming little cafe, but the food is surprisingly good. Their basic breakfast food is yummy- the bacon is meaty and not overcooked, and the toast is made from quality bread. They have great hot cocoa, and in the summer at least, good fruit cups. If you want non-brunch stuff, their soups and salads are usually good. I've never had to wait for a table, though sometimes it's pretty crowded.

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          deb-in-billyburg RE: The Pie Queen Oct 29, 2001 03:54 PM

          It's funny--I've had brunch there several times, and, while I always comment positively on the sheer volume of food for a low price, I've always thought of the food as basically what I could slap together at home if I just had both eggs and tomatoes in my fridge. The fruit cups I've found kind of watery. The mimosas, however, have made me smile, and I've always thought that the service was kind.

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            The Pie Queen RE: deb-in-billyburg Nov 2, 2001 03:40 PM

            Yeah, I agree that it's not that much better than what a decent cook could make at home. I find that's true of most brunch food, though. The main benefit is not having to do the dishes on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Still, even though a monkey could be trained to cook decent bacon and eggs, a lot of places screw it up, so the ones that don't are worth mentioning. :)

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          Jason W. RE: deb-in-billyburg Oct 31, 2001 02:53 PM

          I'm with you on Teddy's - not sure what's the big deal over the place. Bloody marys seems merely average -- again, not bloody or spicey enough, not balanced -- and the london broil sandwich, raved over in Jim's book, was a few measley grey slices of meet and about 4 inches of bread. Service was fair, none of us were inspired to go back. I know brunch is not the best yardstick for a restaurant, but a burger or steak and cheese should be able to pulled off anytime.

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