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UES Saturday Brunch

cauletta Jan 10, 2007 02:16 PM

Have some guests coming in for Saturday brunch and I never go out for brunch on Saturdays! Any suggestions near the UES (or we can meet them near Grand Central)? Thanks

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    Kanger RE: cauletta Jan 10, 2007 06:09 PM

    It's a little pricey and lots of Chowhounders seem to find it unexceptional ... but I really enjoy brunch at Sarabeth's. There are multiple locations--notably for you, one at 92nd/Madison and another on Central Park South between 5th and 6th Ave.

    I love the eggs benedict and the pumpkin muffins, but there's lots of good stuff.

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      Toot RE: Kanger Jan 10, 2007 06:43 PM

      I second Sarabeth's, it's one of my favorite brunch places

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      acpi RE: cauletta Jan 10, 2007 06:21 PM

      Panorama on 85th and 2nd has a pretty traditional and inexpensive brunch menu. The restaurant is also quite large so it's good for groups.

      I really enjoy the upstairs cafe at Eli's Vinegar Factory on 91st between 1st and York as well. It's a bit out of the way, but well worth a vist to the market on your way out.

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        RGR RE: cauletta Jan 10, 2007 06:44 PM

        I've not yet been to Cafe d'Alsace, but it's a favorite of my daughter and her boyfriend. Brunch is served there on Saturday.


        Interestingly, it's a sister restaurant of Marseille, which is a favorite of mine, is not too far from Grand Central, and serves brunch on Saturday. Very popular with the pre-Saturday matinee crowd, so reservations are a must!


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          raybird RE: RGR Jan 12, 2007 02:16 PM

          we went to cafe d'alsace once. the food was pretty good, as i remember, and the atmosphere is kind of fun. i'd recommend it even though i remember the service being a bit less than stellar.

          for something different, there's supposed to be a terrific restaurant inside the neue galerie.

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            RGR RE: raybird Jan 12, 2007 04:13 PM

            In the Neue Galerie, that would be Cafe Sabarsky. I've had lunch there. The food is delicious, and the dining room is beautiful. They don't serve "brunch." It's either their breakfast menu until 11 a.m., or after that, their all-day lunch/dinner menu.

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          Michael Ambrosio RE: cauletta Jan 10, 2007 08:04 PM

          I've mentioned a spot called Uptown on a few posts... a great brunch deal... two drinks and an entree for $15. Excellent burger and above average brunch food.

          And the other UES spot that gets mentioned all the time is Cafe d-Alsace, and rightfully so.

          Another suggestion is Yura & Co., the location on 92nd and 3rd is the one I am familiatr with. Always very creative omlette specials.

          1. Melanie RE: cauletta Jan 10, 2007 08:27 PM

            I think the brunches at Aquagrill are fantastic!

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              hps RE: cauletta Jan 11, 2007 05:57 PM

              Sarabeth's is good, however please note that they do not take reservations and sometimes you can be waiting for an hour or more during peak times.

              Cafe d'Alsace is okay...service is not that great but the food is good. I would definitely recommend making a reservation.

              If you're looking for something "interesting" - Vermicelli (it's Vietnamese) has a GREAT brunch deal. It is a more ethnic brunch, but worth trying.

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                MMRuth RE: hps Jan 11, 2007 05:58 PM

                Definitely true about Sarabeth's - I live near the one on Mad & 92nd, and there is always a line on the weekends.

                Vermicelli - haven't been for brunch, but have always enjoyed the food there.

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                haa RE: cauletta Jan 11, 2007 06:04 PM

                I love Annie's for the quintessential UES brunch.

                1. teresa RE: cauletta Jan 11, 2007 08:03 PM

                  If you don't mind a more diner type atmosphere, EJ's Luncheonette at 73rd and 3rd Ave would be a great place. They serve great brunch and I LOVE their sweet potato fries.

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                    laurennycfoodie RE: cauletta Jan 11, 2007 09:12 PM

                    Sarabeth's is worth the wait, especially for the lemon ricotta pancakes, pumpkin waffles, and cranberry-almond FT. The classic eggs benedict and velvety cream of tomato are good, too.

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                      pcwd RE: cauletta Jan 11, 2007 09:43 PM

                      I agree with a lot of the posts above. Sarabeth's is my favorite, but it could be a wait. Their flower juice is the best! I believe they take reservations for parties of 6 or more. Annie's is also a nice spot, though it also tends to be crowded. Some of my friends disagree, but I also like The Barking Dog, which is further east. For a quintessential New York brunch, these are three great options.

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