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Cute/Trendy Brunch Spots

Help! The parents are coming in this weekend and I want to take them to a cute/reasonably priced brunch spot with some healthy items on the menu...any ideas? Upper East, Midtown, Soho, East and West Village please!

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  1. Two places my parents loved for brunch Elmo and Noho Star. MY Dad Loves outdoor seating so both were perfect and the food was good. Elmo is quite a bit cheaper.

    1. Elmo's great, but it's a little loud for parental conversation, in my view.

      I second Noho Star.

      I also like Negril Chelsea, Popover Café, Crepes on Columbus, Pigalle, Westville, and Counter, among others. Or you can always hit Le Pain Quotidien...

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      1. re: piccola

        I don't love the food at NoHo Star. Maybe Markt on 13th & 9th?

      2. best brunch spot in the city (in my humble opinion) are both owned by the same folks and they are "five points" on great jones street and "cookshop" on 10th ave and 20th st. both have really terrific food and atmospheres. i reccomend a reservation thought. "good" on greenwich ave. is also a favorite.

        1. I've eaten a couple of good brunches at Friend of a Farmer (below Gramercy Park on Irving Place). The food is great; not too sure about the healthy part though...

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          1. re: jakew8

            5 Points
            Extra Virgin

          2. I like good and Extra Virgin, but neither take reservations, and there's often a wait, if that's a concern. Five Points takes reservations, as does Jane. I don't know if Deborah takes reservations, but brunch there is very good and I've never had trouble getting a table.

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            1. re: Lucia

              Deborah does take reservations. I second Five Points but it may be tough to get a reservation this late but it is worth a shot. Jane is also a great option.

            2. Blue Ribbon Bakery is a good option. You can avoid the weekend lines by getting there at about 11:20 (10 minutes before they open). If you haven't had it, try the Brioche French toast. It's incredible.

              1. Also always love brunch at Schiller's Liquor Bar, Norma's (more expensive), or Essex.

                I was NOT happy with my food at Friend of a Farmer's. Have been there a couple times and vowed not to go there again.

                1. i agree with five points. but for the UES i suggest Annie's on 3rd and 70th i think.

                  1. Le Pain Quotidien is very good, very reliable. The problem at weekends is that it becomes family time, with lots of under 10s, bless 'em.

                    But my fav brunch is a toss-up between Balthazar and Pastis (the latter serves beans on toast, mmm).

                    - Sean

                    1. Wallse has brunch ... we never go b/c DH hates brunch (as opposed to a proper lunch) ... but I've thoroughly enjoyed every dinner I've had there, and would expect no less at lunch.

                      1. Westville would be my choice. It's on a cute West Village street, the food is super fresh, has "market sides" (fresh produce inspired dishes) and never fails to impress, yet it's very accessible and affordable. It also has that quaint "how do they fit a restaurant in here" Greenwich Village thing goin on. Get there at 10am (when they open) and there will be no wait.

                        1. I would second:

                          -Markt - we've always had great brunch there, but I heard they're losing their space... looks like that whole block is under construction.
                          -Blue Ribbon Bakery - our parents were impressed.
                          -Deborah - different variety for brunch, great flavor combinations.

                          And will add:
                          -Inside on Jones St - generous portions of standard brunch items (plus chilequiles) with interesting flavors. This one is also closing soon... I heard by the end of the year :(
                          -August (on Bleecker) also has a delicious brunch.