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Upscale brunch in East Village/LES tomorrow

fatbuddha Mar 23, 2007 11:40 AM

I'm looking for a nice brunch place around the EV or LES to take two friends to celebrate their engagement. Thinking about EU or Falai (but not sure if either have brunch or what they are like), Balthazar or something along those lines?


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  1. LFeinberg RE: fatbuddha Mar 23, 2007 12:41 PM

    Try brunch at The Stanton Social...it's really amazing! Perfect celebration place.

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      fatbuddha RE: LFeinberg Mar 23, 2007 12:48 PM

      Good idea-thanks

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        LFeinberg RE: fatbuddha Mar 23, 2007 12:54 PM

        Sure! Not a problem. Take my word for it, the place has a damn good brunch and great surroundings. Enjoy!

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          fatbuddha RE: LFeinberg Mar 23, 2007 01:06 PM

          Just called-- nothing available at the time I need. Damn! I was looking forward to it. Any chance you've eaten at EU for brunch? Seems to be the only place/time that is going to work for me tomorrow.

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            LFeinberg RE: fatbuddha Mar 23, 2007 01:09 PM

            Have not yet eaten at EU. Try "Thor" as your next place...awesome food and cool atmosphere.

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              Pan RE: LFeinberg Mar 23, 2007 09:34 PM

              Really? I haven't been there for brunch but found their evening bar food (perhaps on a dinner menu; I forget) to be way oversalted and just plain mediocre, at best. What's special about their brunch, and when was the last time you went there?

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                LFeinberg RE: Pan Mar 24, 2007 08:11 AM

                Hi there...I went to Thor about 2 months ago for dinner and about a month ago for brunch. I found dinner to be perfect, from start to finish. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy yourself very much.
                Try the: tuna tartare, gnocchi, egg dishes. I liked how it was a prix fixe menu for $25...and so much, including drink and dessert, was included.

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                  Pan RE: LFeinberg Mar 24, 2007 05:13 PM

                  I had the gnocchi. My remarks above apply to them! Oh well.

    2. LFeinberg RE: fatbuddha Mar 23, 2007 01:13 PM

      Question: what time did you make brunch reservations for?

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        fatbuddha RE: LFeinberg Mar 23, 2007 05:31 PM

        at stanton? i need early reservations and they only had 1:45. next time

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        allegra RE: fatbuddha Mar 23, 2007 01:17 PM

        schillers liquor bar has great brunch too-

        1. thursdayclubjason RE: fatbuddha Mar 23, 2007 02:12 PM

          Schiller's has an excellent brunch. You could also try Casimir or Esperanto (not really 'upscale', but good nontheless).


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            LFeinberg RE: thursdayclubjason Mar 23, 2007 05:14 PM

            I don't think Schiller's is very "upscale." Try Thor...it won't disappoint.

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            Lucia RE: fatbuddha Mar 23, 2007 02:13 PM

            Five Points

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              tabbac RE: fatbuddha Mar 23, 2007 02:17 PM

              I concur with Lucia; Five points is outstanding. The food is terrific, and it is a great space.

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                fatbuddha RE: tabbac Mar 23, 2007 05:32 PM

                Going to try EU after all for brunch-- will report back on our experience

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                  EVchickadee RE: fatbuddha Aug 9, 2007 10:04 AM

                  did you end up having brunch at EU fatbuddha? looking for a place for brunch with the parents this weekend and have been dying to try EU. curious what you thought of their brunch!

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                    AgentRed RE: EVchickadee Aug 13, 2007 09:15 AM

                    I took the initiative and went to EU for brunch, what a mistake!
                    It was just a lunch menu with nothing to reccommend, no eggs benedict, no stand out dishes. I settled for the EU burger which was really average. Service was good though and the decor is great for a bar at night. This place must be fun for groups or munchies before hitting Rivington st but upscale brunch? Forget it, I wish I'd gone to tHoR.

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