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duncanhayden May 11, 2007 12:55 PM

My husband and I are spending next Sat night at the Millenium Hilton for our 5th anniversary. We live north in the 'burbs and have a 2 yr old and a 1 yr old who are staying with family, but this is the first time we've been out alone since our last anniversary! Needless to say, we're really looking forward to this outing! We're staying downtown because I've never really spent any time downtown--Tribeca, Soho or the Village, and wanted to check it out. We have dinner reservations at Dylan Prime on Sat night, and wanted to have brunch at Balthazar on Sunday, but they're booked. Does anyone have any recs for another nice brunch or lunch for Sunday where we have a hope of getting a reservation? Thanks!

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    Lucia RE: duncanhayden May 11, 2007 01:00 PM

    If you want to stay in the same family of restaurants, Morandi has a very good brunch (haven't had dinner, which I've heard very mixed things about). You could also try Artisanal, Jane, or Craftbar.

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      financialdistrictresident RE: Lucia May 11, 2007 02:53 PM

      Artisanal is lovely. We went for dinner. The cheese plate and cheesecake with praline layer were delicious. The mac and cheese, brick chicken were good but not as good as some of the reviews I had read. Next time I go we will try the fondue and go for brunch or sit at the bar vs. dinner. It is like Balthazar, a lively, noisy, fun french bistro atmosphere.

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        bac528 RE: financialdistrictresident May 14, 2007 07:57 AM

        I have to disagree about that overrated stinky cheese purveyor, Artisanal....I resent a bunch of snooty waiters looking down their noses at me when I am the one who will be leaving the tip!!!!!!!!!!

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      kobetobiko RE: duncanhayden May 11, 2007 01:01 PM

      Hi duncanhayden,

      I am wondering if you are planning to have brunch just within the Tribeca/Soho, Village area, or if you are willing to travel a bit to Gramercy or midtown. There are some nice brunch options there, and just so if you are willing to travel a bit, then I can provide you with some suggestions.

      Also, do you have a budget constraint, or preference for cuisine? And just curious, is there a specific reason that you pick Dylan Prime?

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        duncanhayden RE: kobetobiko May 11, 2007 01:12 PM

        Hi kobetobiko,
        I guess we'd be willing to travel a bit for something unique, but we were hoping to find something in the mentioned neighborhoods, so we can stroll a bit after eating. We have no budget or dietary constraints. As far as our choice for dinner, my husband is a real steak freak and it's his birthday also, so I looked for something with a bit more depth than just a basic steakhouse, and I've read and heard some good things about Dylan Prime.

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          kobetobiko RE: duncanhayden May 11, 2007 01:34 PM

          Hi duncanhayden,

          As for brunch, I love the brunch at Eleven Madison Park (EMP) on 11 Madison Ave at 24th St. While the usual brunch items are very good, their "lunch" items are great! If you haven't decided on your dinner place I would have recommended EMP for dinner, but having brunch there will be just as enjoyable.

          If you do not want to travel beyond the village, I think Bouley is a great place for lunch on Sunday. Landmarc, as suggested by jmo9, also has a nice brunch menu. Except for Landmarc, you should be able to make reservation on Opentable.com for brunch / lunch on Sunday.

          As for steakhouse, it is hard to get a consensus on what's the best as every steakhouse (other than Peter Lugar) seems to have mixed reviews. I personally enjoy Craftsteak and Strip House better than Dylan Prime, but I am sure there will be other hounds who have other opinions. I will just throw out the options for your consideration.

          I hope you have a wonderful trip, and Happy Anniversary!

      2. jmo9 RE: duncanhayden May 11, 2007 01:09 PM

        I really love Dylan Prime and think you'll enjoy it. Try Landmarc for brunch, or if you feel like going to the Village, 5 Points has a great brunch. Have fun and try not to think about the kids! ;-)

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          jdream RE: jmo9 May 14, 2007 11:30 AM

          Although I agree that Five Point has a good brunch I wouldn't recommend it for a weekend away from the kids. It's pretty loud/chaotic during brunch.

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          jsmitty RE: duncanhayden May 11, 2007 04:57 PM

          blau gans

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            ChefNet RE: duncanhayden May 11, 2007 05:18 PM

            I definitely recommend Landmarc (179 Broadway) for brunch but they don't take reservations. Happy Anniversary... have fun!

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              bac528 RE: duncanhayden May 14, 2007 07:57 AM

              go to Buddha Bar
              www.buddhabarnyc.com

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                kayonyc RE: duncanhayden May 14, 2007 01:32 PM

                I love Clinton Street Bakery in the LES for its brunches - but they are famous for a guaranteed long wait - they don't take reservations. You can get there on the early side, around 10 am, put your name down, and stroll to cafe falai on Rivington for a a nice strong cup of coffee while you wait. It is guaranteed one of the more innovative and consistently good places for brunch around. The Lower East Side is now a destination neighborhood with many boutiques, restaurants and the like, very much like Soho or the Village.

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