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.