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Feb 1, 2008 11:16 AM

Saturday brunch near St. Vincent's hospital

I admit I know nothing about the West Village. At all.

My SO is having a MRI very, very early Saturday morning. I want to take them somewhere nice for brunch afterwards. Foolishly I thought we could go to Balthazar, but nooooo.

Where can we safely go in the 9:30-10am range, anywhere in the Village, where the food is yummy and they will feel pampered? Do I want to try Prune? I don't want anywhere too overwhelming.

We have to go uptown later, so if there was somewhere in the 40s or 50s, that would also work. Price range is irrelevant.

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  1. Prune is nowhere near St. Vincent's. I'm not sure that any of these are open as early as you'd like to grab food, but some of my favorites in the area: Morandi, good, Elephant & Castle, Jane, Agave. A little further out: Cornelia St. Cafe, Deborah, August, Westville.

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    1. re: Lucia

      Oh, I know Prune isn't anywhere near St. Vincents, but neither is Balthazar. :) I'm game to go anywhere that would be considered the Village.

      Thanks for the suggestions.

      1. re: coyote64

        Norma's at the parker meriden hotel is in the 50's. i believe that Perilla recently added a brunch menu. Ino also does a breakfast/brunch. i've never been, but cornelia street services breakfast/lunch. pastis in the meatpacking district gets crowded in a hurry but worth checking out. Florent is a standby for me. nothing special, but the retro digs are cool and you never have to wait to long as they turn tables over quickly

        1. re: cdog

          Norma's is mediocre and over priced.

          I love Perilla and would definitely recommend brunch there but it doesn't open until 11am.

          'ino is open at that hour, but small, and on the cramped side, so I don't know if it's really all that pampering. But the coffee is great.

      2. re: Lucia

        In addition to these, I just saw that Cafe Cluny opens at 8:00. I haven't been, but it sounds like it would fit.

      3. dbBistro Moderne, on 44th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., serves breakfast on Saturdays until 11 a.m. It's one of Daniel Boulud's restaurants, so, while I've only had dinner there, I'm sure breakfast would be delicious. Definitely upscale.

        Hope all goes well with your SO.

        1. I am a west villager...and there is no need to stray as far from St. Vincents as others are suggesting...since price is no object, try Sant Ambroeus on Perry and W. 4th...a luxurious breakfast in a really scenic part of the west village. It will be quite and will feel special. Also, fun, and a bit decadent in a totally different way is The Pink Tea Cup on Grove. Great pancakes and you can get a pork chop on the side ! This may not be what you had in mind, but a fun soul food option.