Typical New York Brunch?
Visitors from Paris say all their French friends insist they have a New York Brunch while in Manhattan. Does a typical brunch include smoked fish or is it pancakes or eggs and champagne? Where should I tell them to go on the West Side? Thanks in advance.
Your friends might enjoy the brunch, complete with gospel singers, at Sylvia's in Harlem. (I'm not sure if they still have it, I havent been there in years.)
Judging from your last 3 posts, your French friends seem to view New York dining as theatre. The equivalent would be an American who goes to Paris for one day and wants to eat at a really quaint bistro just like the one in the film Victor/Victoria. You, by contrast are a true Chowhound who eats at Robuchon and Senderens (and posts detailed reviews about them.) Now that I think about it, there is one sure-fire way to convince your French friends to concentrate on the food. Remind them it's so much cheaper than in Paris!
I recommend the Redeye Grill
They have a Jazz brunch. It is a lovely room, and the food choices are terrific.
For a less formal, very authentic New York Jewish brunch, try to get a table at Barney Greengrass, order the lox, eggs and onions with an onion roll or bagel, some great coffee, and prepare to wait on line. The decor is early formica.