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Brunch/lunch on a Saturday in the Village or Chelsea

LJW Oct 27, 2006 12:31 PM

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.

Many thanks.

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  1. enrevanche RE: LJW Oct 27, 2006 01:18 PM

    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

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      LJW RE: enrevanche Oct 27, 2006 01:56 PM

      Thanks so much, I have heard "good" things about this place. Do they serve any non-breakfasty-type items?

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        Lucia RE: LJW Oct 27, 2006 02:16 PM

        Yes, they have sandwiches and salads, among other things.

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      RGR RE: LJW Oct 27, 2006 02:30 PM

      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.


      1. skigirl RE: LJW Oct 27, 2006 02:43 PM

        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.

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          RGR RE: skigirl Oct 27, 2006 03:01 PM

          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.

        2. skigirl RE: LJW Oct 27, 2006 03:28 PM

          I was just trying to point out that the two have very different vibes, though perhaps I could have better chosen my adjectives. I guess it's what one means by "traditional," RGR. Gasgone is pretty casual, too, but in a very different, perhaps more "grown up" way.

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            RGR RE: skigirl Oct 27, 2006 04:18 PM

            skigirl, If you're saying that good is a bit more "hip" and has higher energy than Gascogne, my guess (considering I've not been to good) is you are correct. :-)

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            food RE: LJW Oct 27, 2006 04:45 PM

            East of Eighth. 23rd between 7-8. nice casual place

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              raynardm RE: LJW Oct 27, 2006 04:48 PM

              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.

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                PickyMBA RE: LJW Oct 28, 2006 01:02 AM

                Check out Bright Food Shop - enjoyed a healthy, mexican-tinged brunch there a few months ago.

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                  debra1234 RE: LJW Oct 28, 2006 02:04 AM

                  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)

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                    vintage ricecake RE: LJW Oct 28, 2006 02:43 AM

                    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.

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