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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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  1. ellenost RE: tcab 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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      abud RE: tcab 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 RE: abud 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. dkstar1 RE: tcab 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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          RGR RE: tcab 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 RE: RGR 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 RE: RGR Jan 3, 2008 01:18 PM

              I love EMP for brunch!

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                dkstar1 RE: RGR Jan 4, 2008 03:21 AM

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

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                roze RE: tcab 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 RE: roze 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

                2. scarlet starlet RE: tcab Jan 3, 2008 09:33 PM

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

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                    katie570 RE: tcab 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

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                      RCC RE: tcab 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 RE: RCC 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

                      2. Spiritchaser RE: tcab 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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                          sambolef RE: tcab 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

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                            nycchitownmix RE: tcab 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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