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Brunch spot on UES for a couple and both sets of parents

I'd love suggestions on a great brunch spot on the UES. My SO and I will be taking both sets of parents. Thanks in advance.

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  1. I'm a big fan of Sarabeth's - it's a little pricey (but worth it) and you'll definitely need a reservation. If you want something a little more casual, you could go to EJs, which is always good, though there's always a line so you'll want to get there early, and they only take cash.

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    1. re: EpicuriousOenopheliac

      I don't think they take reservations for brunch at Sarabeth's, do they? I always see a big line at the one on Madison. I'm not much help otherwise as I prefer lunch to brunch.

      1. re: MMRuth

        There is also a sarabeth's at the Whitney Museum and there isn't usually a wait there.

    2. Atlantic Grill works well for this type of occaision.

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      1. re: kesues

        I second or third Atlantic Grill. They take reservations, treat you well and let you linger for as long as you want.

      2. The Agata & Valentina restaurant at 79th & 1st (across 79th st from the store) is a really nice place for brunch.

        1. I agree with the Agata rec- we go there quite frequently and somehow this is one of the few spots on the UES where you can actually enjoy a nice brunch without being knocked over by crazed brunch crowds and long lines.

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          1. re: acenyc

            This restaurant closed! But Eli's is open

          2. I don't know how far up the UES you are... but if in the 80's the York Grill at York and 89th has a lovely brunch on Sundays. Nice atmosphere for "older types", good service, good food. They'll take reservations for 6.