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Nov 3, 2007 11:17 AM

Looking for new brunch place downtown?

Live on the Lower East Side and am looking for a new brunch place for tomorrow. Have tried all the usual suspects - Clinton St., Prune, etc. but am looking to try something new either in the LES or EV. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Not sure what else can be included under the "etc" you've already tried, but here's where I'd start beyond CSBC and Prune in the neighborhoods you've listed:

    9th St. Market
    Westville East
    Jane (closer to Noho/WV, but walkable and worthwhile)
    Balthazar (in Soho, but you probably know that anyway)
    Stanton Social (better with a group)
    Cafe Brown (far LES)
    Tasting Room (a handful of enthusiastic recommendations on this board, but I've yet to try it)

    Tasting Room
    264 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

    100 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10012

    Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002

    Brown Cafe
    48 Hester St, New York, NY 10002

    80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

    Ninth Street Market
    337 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

    Westville East
    173 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

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    1. re: CalJack

      I really like the Tasting Room, Westville East, Jane (but only on Sundays, they have a larger menu then), 9th Street Market (but the waits can be long), Balthazar (make a reservation, waits can be long), and Stanton Social (make a reservation, it can get busy).

      Other spots in the EV, LES, and Noho areas (places is being slow so i only linked a few):

      Caffe Emilia (mostly egg stuff and panini, like Taralluci e Vino or 'ino/'inoteca, but done very well)
      Cafe Mogador (some middle eastern dishes)
      Cafe Orlin (cheap, tasty)
      La Palapa (inexpensive pre fixe)
      Grape and Grain (on my list to try)
      Stage Restaurant (old school diner style)
      B&H Dairy Vegetarian Restaurant (same)
      Tree (on my list to try)
      Schillers (not as good as Balthazar)
      Back Forty (just opened, on my list to try, haven't heard anything about brunch yet)

      Five Points is technically in Noho but the brunch is quite good and on par with Prune and Clinton Street, so that might be my first stop. I liked Stanton Social but the menu is extensive and not every dish is equally delicious (or equally sized). I can't wait until the new restaurant on 3rd ave and 10th (former Pizzeria Uno) by the owners of Jane and Neptune Room opens up.

      Frankies 17 Spuntino
      17 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

      76 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

      Five Points
      31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

      1. re: kathryn

        A few more more to try:

        Spitzer's Corner (saw a promising "pig benedict" on the menu today as well as a german apple pancake, hickory shortrib burger)
        Little Giant
        Rayuela ("freestyle latino" brunch apparently means pancakes with agave nectar, french toast with agave nectar, churros, huevos rancheros)
        Belcourt (spotted on the menu: english breakfast, vanilla bourbon french toast, salt cod hash, lamb burger, squash/apple raviolo)

        1. re: kathryn

          Menus for Spitzer's Corner, Rayuela, and Belcourt below. Sorry about the camera phone quality, and lack of rotation.

    2. May be Shopsins? I like the hearty brunch there!

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      1. re: kobetobiko

        D'oh, knew I left off something on my list. Shopsin's is closed on Sundays, BTW. Which I always forget, and then I show up and Essex St Market is closed.

        1. re: kathryn

          Oh Kathryn, thanks for reminding. It is indeed closed on Sundays...

      2. I Coppi has a nice brunch and a lovely year round garden. Based on my experience service can be relaxed and a few recent reports indicated inconsistent service. That said, I've always enjoyed their brunch.

        1. Have you tried Mancora? It's often overlooked.

          Or, if you're into that kind of thing, try Organic Grill on 1st Ave. It's not entirely vegan, so you can get eggs - or go for the waffles or veggie burger.

          1. What about Jule's? They have live jazz. Is that still the EV?

            Mole. Barrio Chino. Those maragritas can get pricey. Especially the jalapeno grapefruit ones . . .

            Also like the Good World on Orchard (LES), primarily for their hot pepper vodka martinis. Last time I went food was not good, they adjusted the bill. Time before that it was. Like the ambience (and those martinis). They have a little patio too.

            Wish I could still suggest long defunct Cafe Lika (became: One91, Heirloom, Core91, now ?) on Orchard. They had a decent, affordable brunch and a nice garden.