Visitors on Saturday
I've been living in New York for about 6 months and have found some great place, but still need some help. My aunt and her friend are coming down on Saturday and we are meeting up for lunch/brunch and then going shopping in Soho/East Village area. I was wondering what some good moderately priced places to eat in that area are. I was thinking of trying Dos Caminos Soho for brunch.
I have heard from the board that even if you go right when Prune opens (which i think is 10am), there will already be a line and you are likely to be waiting for 45min or an hour to be seated. I remember someone mentioned that he went at 11 or 11:30pm, waited in line for 3 hours, and then at around 2:30pm the waitress told him that they are closing and cannot accomodate them...
My point is, if your main objective for that day is for having a great bunch and have tons of time to spare, then Prune will be your choice. But if you have something else to do, like you are planning to shop with your aunt and friends, IMO it is not worth spending the time waiting for a table.
Balthazar takes reservation on OPENTABLE so you may try that one for sure.
I have no idea what the wait time is at Prune, but the main reasons I have avoided going there is because, from what I've read on this board, the seating there is exceedingly cramped. I like to be comfortable when I dine out regardless of whether it's brunch, lunch, or dinner.
Both Prune and Balthazar are both very good and get very very crowded. My recollection is that Balthazar will have more in the way of lunch items on the menu than Prune. For Prune, you need to get there around 9:45am to grab a seat without waiting.
I would call up the Balthazar reservationist right now and see if you get a reservation, otherwise you're in for a long wait.
If it were up to me, and I couldn't get a Balthazar reservation, I'd try to make a reservation at either Five Points (also has a good mix of lunch/brunch items) or Jane (Jane is more lunchish than brunchish on Saturdays but there are 4-5 brunch items on the menu).
Agree with Balthazar, though it usually get REALLY crowded for brunch. Raoul's is only open for dinner.
Prune is the best for brunch, the wait is outrageously long and you probably need to wait for more than an hour even if you arrive at 11am.
Here are some of my suggestions:
inoteca for cheap Italian (one of my favorites)
Lucien for Bistro fare
Veselka for great Eastern European food
Zoe for contemporary American, and convenience (right on Mercer, best location for shopping at Soho)
Honestly there are so many choices in this area it is hard to include just a few. If I can think of any others I will post again.
I'm looking for something casual with prices ranging for entres between $10-20. I'm open for any cuisine and looking for a friendly laid back ambience. I love brunch so I would love to do that. I'm not sure if they are going to be up for it so something that has a good selection of lunch items for brunch.