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Brunch Near Chelsea Markets

Elyssa Aug 16, 2007 10:14 AM

I'm a DC Hounder and I'm coming to NYC to visit some family and friends in a few weeks.

I've been wanting to check out the Chelsea Markets and thought I would go on the Sunday I'm there. Prior to that I'm going to meet up with 2 friends and was looking for a brunch spot within walking distance to the Chelsea Markets. Some place with really delicious food, where the wait won't be super long. Cheap to moderatly priced (no $35 pancakes please).

Any ideas would be great...doesn't necassarily have to be traditional brunch (although it can be) as long as the food is really tasty.


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    Will4Food RE: Elyssa Aug 16, 2007 10:20 AM

    Figs and Olives...great meatpacking district decor...good (not great) food....

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      LeahBaila RE: Will4Food Aug 16, 2007 10:26 AM


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        Lucia RE: LeahBaila Aug 16, 2007 10:29 AM

        I second good. Also, Florent.

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      Elyssa RE: Elyssa Aug 16, 2007 10:37 AM

      I should also mention that I'm going to be meeting my best friend's girlfriend for the first time so a place condusive to conversation would be key in this situation.

      I was originally thinking of going to Cafeteria (I've never been and back in the day my Dad said it was great...when it first opened) but Zagats kept commenting on the loud music. Wasn't sure if that's all day long or just late at night. Thoughts?

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        LeahBaila RE: Elyssa Aug 16, 2007 10:40 AM

        Cafeteria is very loud and not condusive to conversation

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          Blumie RE: LeahBaila Aug 16, 2007 10:42 AM

          And there's often a wait. And the food's not that good.

          Cookshop is another option. It's not cheap, but not ridiculously expensive either, and they accept reservations.

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          lanadai RE: Elyssa Aug 16, 2007 10:42 AM

          202 cafe in the Nicole Farhi store at Chelsea Market, the food's pretty decent, I like their fish n chips with mushy peas.

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            Elyssa RE: lanadai Aug 16, 2007 10:45 AM

            Do they offer brunch?

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              Lucia RE: Elyssa Aug 16, 2007 10:47 AM

              202 has a brunch menu. I haven't been.

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              JungMann RE: lanadai Aug 16, 2007 11:18 AM

              I do not like the brunch at 202 at all. The atmosphere is certainly conducive to conversation, but I found the food too fussy and bland for brunch. For goodness sake, my English fry up came with three sad grape tomatoes and a chewy strip of turkey bacon! Also the chef refused to serve the eggs any way but poached, which I found rather irritating since a traditional fried egg is hardly an exorbitant request.

              I would strongly recommend sitting outdoors at Good, even in a humid day, over 202.

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                Elyssa RE: JungMann Aug 16, 2007 12:13 PM

                Oh wait Good is a restaurant?? LOL I thought people were saying that what the other person posted was a good choice.

                Ok I'll have to check out "Good's" website. lol

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                  LeahBaila RE: Elyssa Aug 16, 2007 12:16 PM

                  Yes! Hahaha. Good is a restaurant, and it's goooooooooooood: www.goodrestaurantnyc.com

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                    Elyssa RE: LeahBaila Aug 16, 2007 12:37 PM

                    Ya it looks it. I just checked out there menu. It's certainly on the top of my list but I wonder how long the wait usually is on a Sunday.

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                      LeahBaila RE: Elyssa Aug 16, 2007 12:41 PM

                      You should be fine as long as you get there by 11 a.m.

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                        JungMann RE: Elyssa Aug 16, 2007 12:43 PM

                        There is a wait for most places in that neighborhood. I know of some places that put a time-limit on how long you can keep a table outside. Maybe they're willing to take reservations for brunch.

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                          ABT RE: Elyssa Aug 16, 2007 12:43 PM

                          The wait can be really long at Good, clogging up the sidewalk outside. But Cookshop is usually really pleasant, given that they take reservations. And the food is really good too. As for prices, check out www.cookshopny.com.

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                kobetobiko RE: Elyssa Aug 16, 2007 11:11 AM

                As others mentioned, brunch at 202 or Cookshop are excellent (better than normal dinner or lunch IMO).

                At 202, I adore the scrambled eggs with mushroom - the plethora of mushroom is heaven for anyone who like the earthy taste.

                At cookshop, everything eggy is good!

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                  kathryn RE: kobetobiko Aug 18, 2007 06:34 PM

                  And so is anything porky!

                  I've had the best bacon in Manhattan there. Berkshire, I believe. House smoked, thick-cut, and wonderful.

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                  RGR RE: Elyssa Aug 16, 2007 11:27 AM

                  Slightly south of Chelsea Markets is Gascogne, on 8th Av., b/t 17th & 18th Sts. Small French bistro with delicious food. The 3-course brunch prix-fixe is $17.50. The garden is totally charming (as is the interior), the noise level is conversation-friendly, and they accept reservations. On a warm summer's day, the garden is one of our favorite places for brunch.


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                    erin07nyc RE: RGR Aug 16, 2007 12:10 PM

                    I like gascogne a lot, too.... the escargot in pastry pouches are great. I believe they open at noon for brunch.

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                    Elyssa RE: Elyssa Aug 16, 2007 01:14 PM

                    Thanks so much for all these suggestions! Certainly keep them coming if you can think of more. :)

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                      lanadai RE: Elyssa Aug 16, 2007 01:38 PM

                      The brunch at tiapol is really good and there's hardly anyone there, very different than night time. you can walk to chelsea market from 23rd, not a very long walk.

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                      nokitsch RE: Elyssa Aug 17, 2007 06:40 AM

                      Brunch in the Maritime hotel restaurant is good, too. It's not cheap, though. Florent is good, very laid back.

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                        LolaNYC RE: nokitsch Aug 19, 2007 09:15 AM

                        I also love Cookshop.

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