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Mar 30, 2007 06:22 AM

Sunday lunch/brunch near Gramercy

looking for something this Sunday--must have vegetarian options but need not be a "vegetarian restaurant." preferably something inexpensive but creative...any suggestions?

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    1. re: LFeinberg

      actually, I'm hoping for something newer/less typical...

        1. re: LFeinberg

          ooh, I'd forgotten about Barbounia! both of those look like good choices. thanks!

    2. Cafe at Country is in the Carlton Hotel, on the corner of Madison & 29th. We've had dinner there twice and the food was delicious. Their brunch menu is more creative than the usual humdrum breakfast stuff, and there are some vegetarian-friendly items. Not inexpensive.

      Turkish Kitchen, on 3rd, b/t 27th & 28th Sts., serves an ayce Sunday brunch buffet. We've been to T.K. countless times for lunch and dinner, and the food is always excellent. The only reason we haven't tried the brunch is that I detest buffets. It includes dishes from their regular menu, many of which are vegetarian-friendly, along with normal breakfast foods. The cost is $21.95.

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      1. re: RGR

        Turkish Kitchen always excellent, RGR? We'll have to agree to disagree.

        1. re: Pan

          Pan, I recall that you were not happy with your one experience at Turkish Kitchen. However, as you are probably aware, my view is based on countless visits there over a 10-year period with not one disappointing experience. Regardless of that, I can fully understand your feeling because, as I've said before, a restaurant only has one chance to make a first impression, and it's obvious that T.K. fell short for you. This is the same "argument" I've had over and over on this board about Bar Americain. I had a very poor first meal there and, despite all the raves from other Hounds, I have no intention of trying it again.

          1. re: RGR

            I've seen very mixed comments about Bar Americain, though.

            Anyway, thanks for understanding, and you have a good memory!

            By the way, what do you think of Pasha? I went there a couple of days ago and found it merely good, though certainly better than my one dinner at Turkish Kitchen. I'm not in a rush to go back to Pasha but wouldn't disrecommend it.

            1. re: Pan

              I've never been to Pasha. To be honest, we don't "travel" for Turkish food. If we happen to be in a particular neighborhood and are in the mood for Turkish, we might try a place that we wouldn't ordinarily go to. That's how it was with Beyoglu, on the UES, which we thought was very good, at least, when we were there, which was a couple of years ago. We also tried Dervish once, which is in the Theater District. I thought it was just o.k. I've been wanting to try Akdeniz, also in that area, but it's closed on Sunday, which is when we most often go to the theater.

              Pasha is on the UWS. We tend to eat in that neighborhood only when we're going to Lincoln Center. Our favorite pre-performance restaurant for the past few years has been Compass. We've done Picholine a couple of times but have not been there since the refurbishment. Telepan is definitely on our "go to" list for the next time. As you can see, these are in the upscale category. It would take a lot of raves for me to consider Pasha, and your comments certainly don't sound like one. (Is "disrecommend" a word? lol)

              If you haven't already done so, you might want to consider giving Ali Baba a try. It's on 34th, b/t 2nd & 3rd. We've been there once, and I thought the food was quite good -- though, in my view, not quite as good as Turkish Kitchen. However, there are many Hounds who prefer it T.K. As I recall, the stand-out item we had at Ali Baba -- something T.K. does not serve -- was the lahmacan, the Turkish-style pizza topped with lamb and vegetables. The thing is, even though it isn't too far from our apartment, we haven't been back because it is a bit further than T.K., and we often don't feel like shlepping the extra blocks. Yes, a silly "excuse," especially since our favorite Greek restaurant, Ethos, is right around the corner, and we don't mind the walk to eat there.

        2. re: RGR

          RGR, thanks for your recommendation of the Cafe at Country! Went there this morning. They had a very impressive pastry basket, and I really enjoyed my pulled pork grits dish (with scallions, BBQ sauce, and shrimp). The bacon was very smoky and a little too crispy, but it's hard to ruin bacon. My boyfriend's stuffed french toast was very good, but rich. We both enjoyed the environment a lot and the prices didn't seem at all out of line with similar places downtown.

        3. so after all that we ended up going to Taralucci e Vino on 18th & B'way and it was really great--my friend and I shared poached eggs over steamed asparagus and brioche French toast with marscapone and bananas. really simple preparations, and quality ingredients. we had their cookie plate just to be indulgent and it was completely worth it--and everything was quite well-priced. I can't wait to go back.

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          1. re: Sophia.

            Another branch of Tarallucci e Vino, on 1st Av. and 10th St., is in my neighborhood and I like their panini and desserts. I've never ordered eggs or anything like that, but I believe their other branch is bigger and probably better set up to cook stuff to order. I've gotten quiche before at the 1st Av. branch. They microwaved it and it was cold in the middle, so I don't get things like that anymore.