Brunch/lunch on a Saturday in the Village or Chelsea
I am looking for a casual and fairly inexpensive place to have a nice lunch or brunch tomorrow. Village or Chelsea, reasonably close to either the 1, A, C, or F trains.
Good on Greenwich Avenue in the West Village, if you can get there relatively early (before noon is optimal); otherwise, expect to wait.
Favorite brunch dishes include the corn arepas topped with fried eggs and queso blanco, and the "BLT" omelette. The bar pours strong drinks if you need a little hair of the dog with your brunch, the coffee is good and the staff is friendly.
Easy access from either the A/C or the 1/2/3 at 14th St.
89 Greenwich Ave (between 7th and 8th Aves)
New York, New York 10014
Gascogne, the charming French bistro, on 8th Av., b/t 17th & 18th Sts., serves an excellent 3-course brunch prix-fixe for $16.50. They start serving at noon and take reservations. There are stops nearby on all the lines you list, though the closest is on the 1 @ 7th Av. & 18th St.
Both excellent choices. Good a tad more boisterous and casual. Gascogne a bit more traditional, but by no means fussy. The Gascogne brunch, by the way, is a GREAT deal.
All that being said, I think it's worth the schlep west to Cookshop, which, to my taste, has the best brunch going these days.
skigirl, I think you are slightly mis-representing Gascogne. First off, it's a very casual place. As for the menu, it has a mix of breakfast and lunch dishes, all decidedly French. (Love the escargots prettily tied in phyllo packages.) While I've not been to good, looking at the menu on their website -- http://www.goodrestaurant.com -- I see it's contemporary American. I do agree wholeheartedly that Gascogne's brunch is a terrific deal.
its east side/union square, but you could take the L over to it easily..how about Candela? they ahve great atmosphere and really good, well rpiced food. the brunch is 15 with one drink or 20 for unlimited drinks. Ive had a very nice fritatta and the best pancakes Ive ever had! light and crispy. they open at 11 on sunday and get really packed by 1pm.
My favorites in the area are:
Jane on Houston Street -- great french toast
Westville on West 10th street
Shopsin's on Downing/Bedford (don't go if you're more than 4)
Pastis on 9th Ave. (a bit outside your zone, but close to the A/C)
Hands down - barmarche........
Fantastic morning cocktails, great array of brunch items. Perfect location on Elizabeth and Spring. Get the Monterrey Eggs and on the way out pick up a new lampshade across the street.