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Fun sunday brunch in lower manhattan for visiting family

My sister and step-mother are coming to NYC and I'd like to find a sunday brunch in lower manhattan to finish off their weekend. Looking for somewhere that is fun and has an interesting interior withoput being too noisy expensive. Reservations a plus. Many thanks for any suggestions. I don't often have brunch in the city and am looking forward to it.

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  1. My answer will always be the same: The Stanton Social. I can't speak enough on how much I love this place.

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    1. re: LFeinberg

      I won't recommend Stanton Social as it is insanely loud and noisy which the OP does not prefer. Other options that I think may fit the criteria include:
      Public - 210 Elizabeth St.
      Cookshop - 156 Tenth Ave
      Freemans - Freeman Alley, off Rivington St.

      You can look up their menus at menupage.com or go directly to their websites through the links in menupage.

      Hope you enjoy your brunch with your family!

      1. re: kobetobiko

        It is hardly insanely loud and noisy at brunch...I will say that for dinner, but not brunch. Have you been there at that time?

        1. re: LFeinberg

          agree, stanton social is a much overlooked brunch spot...and often has many empty tables at brunch!

          my other favs:
          blue ribbon bakery....super delicious
          jane on houston also has a nice brunch
          and clinton street bakery

          1. re: winebitch

            Yum...I love Clinton Street Bakery!!! The biscuit sandwich is to die for!

            1. re: LFeinberg

              Clinton St. Bakery is AMAZING. I'm practically drooling thinking about their pancakes. There's an insane wait for weekend brunches though and they don't take reservations. If you want to go get there 1/2 an hour before they open.

          2. re: LFeinberg

            Hi LFeinberg,

            A fair question and indeed I have only been to SS for dinners a few times. I take your point of brunch not being noisy, and service may be better when it is not as crowded. In terms of food, I still think that SS is mediocre. I haven't had their brunch dishes, but I will be surprised if their brunch dishes are of much higher quality than their dinner offerings which I found to be just good, but nothing great or memorable.

            I hope you did not take this as offensive as I am just trying to share my personal experience and views. And I think you are right that if I haven't been to brunch at SS then it may not be a fair judgement. Your points are respectfully taken. =)

            1. re: kobetobiko

              None taken at all! :) I apologize for coming off that way...it's so hard to "read" someone on the computer.
              As for their brunch, I recommend it highly. There's such a great selection and I enjoy it more than their dinner. :)

      2. Hear that "Quest" has a good brunch, though have not been there...Looks good though

        1. I suggest wandering around Alphabet City. Specifically around Tomkins Sq. Park. There are loads of places to go.

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          1. re: eateryrow

            I second Cookshop, delicious brunch and nice atmosphere for out of towners. Not exactly in the middle of it all, though.

            1. re: Bugsey34

              I had brunch at Cookshop a couple of weeks ago based on posts on this board and loved it. Reservations are available (and essential) at opentable.com.

            2. re: eateryrow

              The Flea Market Cafe has great french toast!

            3. I think Blue Water Grill in union square has a great brunch, great menu not too pricy and they offer the regular dining room or the jazz room for brunch. An added plus is that brunch comes with a complimentary brunch drink and coffee or tea.