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Brunch in Gramercy/Murray Hill

tcab Jan 2, 2008 04:55 PM

I love Penelope's, but I can't stand the long wait.

I would love to hear of any brunch suggestions in the East 20's/30's.

159 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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    nycchitownmix Jan 7, 2008 10:14 AM

    Banc Cafe and Choice both do decent brunches. Definitely nowhere near as upscale as EMP or Artisinal, but good, basic brunch food without much, if any, wait.
    Banc is 30th and 3rd and Choice is 27th and 3rd.

    Banc Cafe
    431 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

    Choice Kitchen & Cocktails
    380 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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      sambolef Jan 7, 2008 07:51 AM

      emp, cafe at country, artisinal all great choices. but, much pricer than penelope. vertigo & la cocina for a mexican brunch. la cocina just got this new bartender from vegas & he does some killer drinks. my favorite is a fresh horseradish infused vodka that he uses in his bloody mary.

      354 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

      La Cocina
      430 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

      1. Spiritchaser Jan 7, 2008 05:31 AM

        Just wanted to agree with all those who said Artisanal, one of our guaranteed go to places, we always leave happy. know before oyu go, it can get loud.

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          RCC Jan 6, 2008 03:40 PM

          Artisanal is OK for us especially for the regular run-of-the-mill brunch items.
          But, when you factor in the cheese selections and/or fondue which the other suggested places here don't have, then it becomes one heck of a good brunch place!

          BTW, the gougeres apps and the beignets dessert are pretty good, too.

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            nyebaby37 Jan 7, 2008 04:46 AM

            El Rio Grande, Hudson Cafe

            El Rio Grande
            160 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

            Hudson Place
            538 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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            katie570 Jan 4, 2008 10:49 AM

            I love the Dining Room at the Morgan Library for brunch. That's at 36th and Madison, inside the Morgan Library and Museum.

            Morgan Dining Room
            225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

            1. scarlet starlet Jan 3, 2008 09:33 PM

              Artisanal is great, and you can make a reservation - no waits!

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                roze Jan 3, 2008 01:52 PM

                Resto has a great brunch. I tried to post pictures before with this but it was taken away for some reason. Great Croque Madame.

                111 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

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                  MB fka MB Mar 27, 2011 10:54 AM

                  I second Resto -- really solid offering. One of my favorites in the area.

                  111 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

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                  RGR Jan 3, 2008 09:17 AM

                  Our favorite brunch place in that area is (no surprise to regulars on this board) Eleven Madison Park.


                  Pamplona is open for brunch. We've only been for lunch and dinner. The food's delicious, and I'm sure that would be the case at brunch.


                  Both places take reservations.

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                    G3B Jan 3, 2008 09:25 AM

                    I also second EMP. My friend calls it dessert for breakfast. Both their savory and sweet items are delicious. Also wonderful coffee I am told by my friend.

                    Eleven Madison Park
                    11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

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                      ellenost Jan 3, 2008 01:18 PM

                      I love EMP for brunch!

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                        dkstar1 Jan 4, 2008 03:21 AM

                        Agreed...however the price point from Penelope to EMP is a considerable jump.

                      2. dkstar1 Jan 3, 2008 06:41 AM

                        Artisanal is good...but I would also try the Cafe at Country in the Carlton Hotel.

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                          abud Jan 3, 2008 05:57 AM

                          Turkish Kitchen Sunday Brunch. Btw 27th and 28th on third. Make a reservation.

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                            Prabhakar Ragde Jan 6, 2008 03:31 PM

                            I second Turkish Kitchen, though it is not a conventional brunch. Definitely good value compared to some of the other suggestions. --PR

                            Turkish Kitchen
                            386 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

                          2. ellenost Jan 3, 2008 05:40 AM

                            You should try Artisanal on E. 32nd St. & Park. I've always enjoyed brunch there.

                            2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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