food near 78th betw. 1st and York?
On Sunday we're having lunch or brunch with my husband's godmother who lives on 78th between 1st and York and can't walk more than 2-4 blocks at the max. The last time we ate with her we had a very mediocre brunch (at a place whose name I can't remember, unfortunately, but I think it was on the corner of 78th and York). Does anyone have a better suggestion for us? We'd consider almost anything. We'll have five adults and a toddler so we won't be able to stand a super long wait. It doesn't have to be extraordinary food, just good.
Given the somewhat limited constraints on your traveling distance, and having lived in the neighborhood for some time, I'd say your best bet is Cafe 79. It's a diner on 79th and first and has great breakfasts. It's not a brunch place but the food is really good.
Now, if you can travel a little bit, the restaurant at the Carlyle Hotel on 76th and Madison, Cafe Carlyle, has an amazing brunch in a wonderful atmosphere. It's kind of pricey, but totally worth. I Haven't been there for a while but I can't imagine it's changed much.
Dresner's does a pretty good brunch on weekends and is not crowded. They are on York Ave between 78 & 79 Street. I hope Dresner's wasn't the place you tried once before but I have a sneaking suspicion it may have been The Barking Dog. Barking Dog does one of those breakfasts with lots of food none of which is really edible.
Obviously, with a toddler involved, you need a place that's family-friendly. Atlantic Grill, on 3rd, b/t 76th & 77th, fits that description and serves Sunday brunch. I've never eaten there, but relatives of mine have gone there a number of times, and they say the food is good.
on 78th or 77th and 2nd is Doc Watson's which has a great brunch deal. For the UES $12 including 2 drinks. I've seen toddlers there on many occasions and never waited more than 5 minutes.
Just depends on how fancy you want to go...