Saturday brunch/lunch place on Upper East Side
Can you recommend a lunch/brunch spot for a small group for a Saturnday on the UES? Looking for something "special" but not ridiculously expensive where we will not feel rushed. Preferably some type of American food. Have heard david burke & donatella might work well but interested in hearing what you all have to say!
atlantic grill on 3rd ave btwn 76th and 77th has a great brunch, and it's a nice restaurant. i've been there with a group for a birthday. they have all kinds of eggs, like eggs benedict, crab cake eggs benedict (very good), lobster eggs benedict, etc. omelettes, french toast, pancakes, burgers, salads, soups, etc.
The new French place on 2nd Avenue around 89th street, Cafe D'Alsace is quite delicious. A lot of people like York Grill or Annie's or Peter's as well (I was not all that impressed), but to be honest, the best brunch spot on upper East side is Taco Taco (2nd avenue between 89th and 90th). Fantastic coffee, great authentic mexican brunch dishes (get the Heuvos en Cazuela) and incredibly friendly service. They let you stay and talk and relax and will not give you the check until you ask for it.
Surprised, that Sarabeth's hasn't been mentioned. IMHO, the best brunch food on the UES, although lines can be a problem on the weekends. In a very different vein, Caffe Grazie on E. 84th, off Madison, offers a very nice, fairly priced brunch menu in a very relaxed setting. You won't be rushed or crowded there.