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It's Saturday morning, where are you having brunch today? If not today, where do you plan on having brunch tomorrow? Also, do you make reservations in advance, or just walk-in?

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  1. Danal, walking in...

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    1. re: LRS

      Ooooo...I've been dying to go there! What do you get?

      1. re: LeahBaila

        well i've been a regular there for a long time so i guess i've tried everything...last time i think i had eggs benedict. disclaimer: danal is not the best place to have dinner (food quality varies from day to day) but i certainly think it is very nice for brunch, the ambiance is nice, the brunch is not bad, i like it, you should go, preferably with some friends, it is a nice place for that.

    2. "Brunch" at 11 am at Shake Shack - finished up at the Farmer's Market just in time to find a parking spot on Madison in front of the park at 10:58. A hamburger, a double, and shared fries did the trick. V. short line.

      Noticed, by the way, that the custard flavor on Monday is salted caramel, which sounds pretty wonderful to me.

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      1. re: MMRuth

        That's exactly what we do when we go to the Shack on the weekend. We walk over there just before 11, when there is usually either not much of a line or none at all. Makes a great brunch! We had the salted caramel custard a few weeks ago. Yum! Here's the custard calendar:

        http://shakeshacknyc.com/05.07%20Cust...

        Btw, there's a note on the Shack's homepage that they will be closed tomorrow, Aug. 26th, because of the Pakistan Independence Day Parade.

        http://www.shakeshacknyc.com

      2. Saturdays I usually make my own breakfast. It's the only day of the week I can have a leisurely fry-up while reading the paper. In general, Sunday brunch is a spur of the moment thing, usually involving walking down the street and in-and-out of restaurants when the line is too long. Lately, though, I have had a hankering for some great smoked fish, so I may go to Barney Greengrass tomorrow afternoon for my favorite smoked salmon.

        1. Sad to report, but my boyfriend and I just got back from Le Gamin on 5th between A&B. He was craving crepes and said that the food here was pretty solid. I'd never been.
          ...And I will never go back. I was really disappointed by Le Gamin. There was no A/C; my "fresh squeezed lemonade" was just "fresh squeezed lemon water" that wouldn't have been helped by adding my own sugar; and my croque monsieur tasted like Oscar Meyer processed ham atop a melba toast cracker...super dry and boring. I did, however, enjoy the salad greens that accompanied my sandwich.
          Hopefully I will have a better brunch experience tomorrow!

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          1. re: LeahBaila

            oh... that sucks. we've just moved from the west village to the east village, and were very happy to find a Le Gamin so near-by. We've been to this one twice now, and have been extremely happy with the cafe au lait, eggs benedict and omlettes, including the potatoes and side salads. Last time we were there, I thought it was warm, however the couple dining that had the a/c blowing on them asked to have it turned down... so maybe that depends on where you sit. But it can get stuffy and hot with plenty of closed windows letting in the sunlight. I'll have to remember to stay away from that "lemonade."

            (btw, we tried the FD curried chicken salad you recommended today, and are very impressed :)

            We did have brunch today at Grape & Grain, which I have to say was really fantastic. It was their first day doing brunch, so I think I'll post a separate review.

            1. re: erin07nyc

              Glad to hear you all enjoyed the curried chicken salad, Erin! Can't wait to hear more details about your brunch at the Grape & Grain...we were there a couple of months ago and loved it.

            2. re: LeahBaila

              I usually really like Le Gamin. But we went the other weekend for dessert crepes during brunch time, and it took forever to get our crepes, and they arrived cold like they'd been sitting around. It's a good thing we'd actually eaten ramen prior to that at Minca right next door, and the food there was really good, especially the pork gyoza. I guess that's not really brunch; it's lunch on a weekend but I kind of prefer doing that because I hate crowds.

              --I'm not giving up on Le Gamin though because I blame our one waitress. People next to us who arrived later got their food in a timely manner because they had another server.

              This weekend, tried the macaroni and cheese pancakes from Shopsin's for breakfast. A little much for breakfast, but I do like their pancakes.

              http://www.howtoeatlikeabird.com/how_...

              1. re: traceybell

                I'm so jealous you went to Shopsin's! That's way up there on my brunch list!!

                1. re: LeahBaila

                  that place is still open? for anyone who's interested, there's a decent documentary that came out last year on shopsin's and it's cranky cranky owner called "i like killing flies" -- worth checking out >

                  http://www.thecinemasource.com/movies...

                  1. re: holland_oats

                    h-o, Perhaps you haven't heard, but Shopsins is now located in the Essex Street Market.

                    http://www.shopsins.com/

            3. I had brunch this morning at CraftBar. We made a reservation because there were 5 of us and a baby. But we certainly didn't need it. At around 11am the place was pretty empty---only about 4 other tables filled up. The food was very good though as always.

              I'm in town visiiting my brother and this is his go to spot for brunch on the weekends---mostly because he can usually walk in without a reservation prior to 12:30-1pm. I had the eggs with fingerling potoatoes but what looked REALLY good was the brioche french toast. If I wasn't trying to cut back on bread and carbs I would have gotten that. My friend said it was some of the best french toast she's had in the city.

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              1. re: Elyssa

                I'm a sucker for French toast!! I haven't been to CraftBar, but it sounds like I need to have brunch there soon.
                If you want a carb splurge, get the French toast at The Flea Market Cafe...it's the best I've ever had!