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Brunch near the Museum of the Moving Image

empecot Feb 22, 2006 02:02 PM

Does anyone have suggestions for nice brunch places near the AMMI?

My mom and teenage brother are coming to town this weekend and I'd like to find someplace with good food and perhaps good atmosphere that we can go to before going to the museum.

I'm not really familiar with Astoria or its dining options.



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    Monkey Man Jake RE: empecot Feb 22, 2006 09:58 PM

    The *easiest* thing to do would be to go across the street to Cup. It's above average AT BEST. The atmosphere is nice, but the food is spotty. However, it is very comfortable.

    A block away, you can head to Cafe Bar. Again, comfy, but again, food is spotty. For brunch, I like it very much. The breakfast drinks are manifold and myriad. They've got yerba mate and rooibos and all sorts of coffee drinks. It's a pleasant and reasonable place for brunch.

    32-90 36th St.

    I've never been the Balkan places around there, so I couldn't really comment on that stuff.

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      Lambretta76 RE: Monkey Man Jake Feb 23, 2006 07:56 AM

      None of the Balkan places have much of an atmosphere and I couldn't recommend them to anyone bringing their mother. Well, unless perhpas their mother grew up in Sarajevo, but even then... (that's not true, but these places tend to be generally cold and dreary.)

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        bobjbkln RE: Lambretta76 Feb 23, 2006 11:10 AM

        I really like the Balkan place at (I think) 36th Ave. and 36th St call Sarajevo (something or other). BUT, although it was full of Yugoslav families, I douubt whether it would have the kind of atmosphere you are looking for.

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          Lambretta76 RE: bobjbkln Feb 23, 2006 11:49 AM

          I think you're talking about Cevabdzinica Sarajevo. It is very good.

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            bobjbkln RE: Lambretta76 Feb 23, 2006 12:29 PM

            Yes, that's it. Thanks

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      J RE: empecot Feb 23, 2006 08:30 AM

      lil bistro 33
      33-04 36th Ave
      astoria NY
      2blocks from Mus.

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        Astoria Lurker RE: empecot Feb 23, 2006 12:38 PM

        You could try Brick Cafe, I've heard they have a good brunch but I've only been there for dinner. It's a really nice neighborhood bistro type place, excellent atmosphere though it may be a bit of a long walk (1/2 mile +). http://www.brickcafe.com/

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          Dag RE: empecot Feb 23, 2006 04:20 PM

          I'd go with Cafe Bar, which has a nice brunch. I don't like the food at Cup at all. Brick is also a nice option -- a few more blocks away, though.

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            Katya RE: empecot Feb 23, 2006 04:39 PM

            Le Sans Souci on Broadway is a cozy, French country style place that serves a good brunch. It isn't that close to the museum, but it is one of the better brunch places in the neighborhood.

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              Ida Red RE: empecot Feb 24, 2006 03:13 PM

              Nobody has mentioned the Greek resturant on the corner, Sagapo. It's a wonderful place, but I don't know about "brunch" there.
              I also want to second the suggestion for Bistro 33.

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                divacooks RE: empecot Jan 14, 2007 02:04 PM

                Locale on 33rd St at 34th ave has a nice brunch, the staff is terrific, prices reasonable

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                  empecot RE: empecot Jan 15, 2007 02:51 PM

                  Brunch at Cafe Bar when I went was relaxing and satisfying. It's a cute place with good coffee.

                  1. Linda RE: empecot Jan 16, 2007 01:32 AM

                    and to update.. lilbistro33 is closed and moving somewhere else in astoria, and sans souci is closed, period.

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