Birthday lunch/brunch suggestions
I'm planning on my birthday weekend lunch or brunch for six people (the most). I know it's a relatively large group but I would like to know your suggestions on where's good to eat with this particular number.
In terms of food preferences, I'm planning to invite foodies so we're flexible on that. Price range: under $30 pp without drinks. Location? Anywhere in Manhattan but prefer downtown.
Thanks in advance!
I just threw my sister a brunch baby shower at the Cornelia Street Cafe and we had a great time. We had 13 people in our group and at $25 per person for a full brunch menu which consisted of a breakfast pastry, a choice from a variety of brunch entree, a choice of coffee or tea, AND fresh OJ, champagne, mimosa, bloody mary, or screwdriver (plus tax and 20% tip), it was very affordable. Everything we tried were very good. They even printed out our own special menu with our event title on top. We had a larger group so we had to get the prix fixe menu, but I think for a smaller group you can order a la carte, or even the brunch special for $16 which includes the food mentioned above. The manager and the staff were organized and friendly (but not uncomfortably so) and the atmosphere was cozy and pleasant. We got there around 11am and was half full but by 12 o'clock the place was packed with people waiting outside. I would definitely consider this place again for a large group event, and I think for your group of 6, this place would be great. Plus the neighborhood is so nice and Cornelia Street is quaint so sitting outside or near the window would be nice during a sunnier warmer day.
By the way, the cafe looks much much better in person then the photos on their website.
- Pastis (communal table)
- The Neptune Room (communal table)
- Freemans (they have a private room)
- Jane (private room downstairs)
- Devin Tavern (huge space)
- Tasting Room (they have a big communal table, some booths)
- Morandi (also quite large)
- Five Points (space for larger parties is in back -- there's a tables and a booth)
- Blue Ribbon Bakery (they can seat bigger groups downstairs).
We've had brunch there twice and thoroughly enjoyed it. One of them was for Mother's Day.
The first time we ordered the pastry basket but we ended up with too much food. You would be much better off skipping that and having a strudel or one of their other desserts at the end of your meal.
I recommend the Kaiserschmarren and the pork & veal sausage that comes with a hot pretzel. And I also like the Wiener Schnitzel Sandwich as well as the Palatschinken.
I knew somehow you're going to mention Fleur but I don't know...I don't mind going there again (I went there last year for RW and the experience was quite good) but some of my friends would prefer something a bit different.
What I mean as in "different" was that yesterday a few of the people I'm planning to invite, went to Fatty Crab with me and thoroughly enjoyed the food. I would say Momofuku Ssam but then again, I ate there a few weeks ago and I don't want to do another round of Bo Ssam.
I guess they want something fusion-like food or something bold in terms of flavor?
Please help! I'm running out of ideas!
If you like something fusion-like and you enjoy Ssam Bar, why don't you just go to Momofuku Noodle Bar for lunch? You don't need to order the ramen (which is not really that special other than the pork), and instead you order all the other dishes like the seafood and the vegetable. They are different dishes compared to Ssam Bar, but still bold in flavor and delicious!
If another visit to Momofuku's stores is too "soon" for you, you may also consider Shilla in Korean Town, Highline for Thai, or Gyu-kaku for Japanese BBQ.
Hill Country will offer something bold in flavor but not fusion-like.
I like Jane, Blue Water Grill and the Odeon for an inexpensive and good brunch which will definitely take a reservation for 6. If you want to go totally off the traditional brunch track, sushi samba has an interesting brunch as does kittichai. Or you could always do Dim Sum at a place like dim sum a gogo which is inexpensive and fun.
Happy birthday! For brunches with slightly different menu options and a really convivial atmosphere fit for a birthday, I really like Cafe Mogador's middle eastern brunch items and Mesa Grill's great bread basket, cowboy printed banquette and solid food. Really like the sweet potato hash with chicken.
Oh, and I've always wanted to try it, but have yet to make it to Amy Ruth's for fried chicken and waffles, although it does sound fantastic!
Ok...it seems like I have a slight problem now that my list has grown to a group of 9 people (including myself).
I want to try Highline but I don't know if their food is really good since I'm reading mixed reviews about it from the NY Times and a few other 'hounders.
I want to try something different, as stated earlier but am really stuck on where to eat! Gah! I'm doomed...help again, please! Thanks again!
I recommend Balthazar if you can get in. Or if you can get a reservation. They have a lot of options on their menu (including oysters!), many for less than $20.