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Oct 10, 2006 04:15 PM

Brunch Near the Theater District

I have some guests visiting from out of town who are going to see Les Miserables at the end of the month. Does anyone know an excellent brunch place in the area? Price is not really important - just someplace where we can make a reservation and get right in without having to wait for our table.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Marseille, on the corner of 9th Av. & 44th St., serves an excellent brunch in very attractive brasserie surroundings. Service is pleasant and efficient. They accept reservations and, from my experience, they seat people who reserve promptly.

    1. I second Marseille, especially if they're going to Les Mis!. Brunch is very good (French Mediterranean with some North African touches - try the ratatouille with poached egg and a side order of merguez), and reasonably priced. We've booked through Open Table and never had a problem being seated on time.

      One note on the service - recently we were there (for brunch, in fact), and near the end of our meal the host politley asked if our party of four would mind moving to a booth as he needed to combine some tables for a large group. To sweeten the request, he offered to comp us on coffee and desert. It was no problem, and we accomodated him. Only one of us wanted desert, as it turned out, and when we had finished, I found that he had observed this and not only comped us on coffee/desert, but also comped a round of drinks we had started with.

      1. I like Bryant Park Grill for brunch. Pretty setting and a short walk to the theatre district afterwards.

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        1. re: lisette

          While I agree that Bryant Park Grill's setting is lovely, it surprises me to hear that you like the food. While I've never eaten there, my daughter and her boyfriend had brunch there a few months ago, and they said the food was awful. Their view computes more closely with what I've heard from people on this and other food forums.