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sfcitygirl May 8, 2008 01:49 PM

My husband and I will be visiting NYC in a few weeks (staying in Greenwich Village). I've been reviewing this board for the past few months and have found some wonderful places to eat. But I'm still unsure about my favorite meals - breakfast and brunch!

Here are some places I'm considering. What do you think?

Tuesday - Elephant & Castle
Wednesday - Clinton Street Baking Company
Thursday - Barney Greengrass (Will be visitng the American Museum of Natural History)
Friday - need something quick, a croissant at Patisserie Claude

Saturday - Prune
Sunday - Little Owl

If you've been to San Francisco, I love brunch at Canteen & Universal Cafe (and La Note in Berkeley).

Thanks so much for your help!

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    Lucia May 8, 2008 02:04 PM

    Yes to CSBC. Elephant & Castle is OK, but you can do better in the area by going to Morandi or Florent. I haven't been to Barney Greengrass. Yes to Patisserie Claude. And, yes to Prune and LO.

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    1. re: Lucia
      sfcitygirl May 8, 2008 02:18 PM

      Great - thanks so much for the suggestions! I think I'd like to try Florent. Also, I'm happy my brunch choices sound good.

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      sam1 May 8, 2008 02:17 PM

      i think ive eaten at canteen...in the commodore hotel in san fran? i also live near washington square and can give you some good ideas for breakfast and whatnot.

      weekday breakfast isnt very popular since most brunch is on the weekends but i know tartine on 11th street is open for breakfast. ive only been for dinner...its a tiny and cozy french restaurant...cash only and byob (for dinner). its dirt cheap and a nice spot for a quiet meal...i think breakfast would be nice there considering that it wont be crowded. elephant and castle is a decent neighborhood spot but nothing amazing.

      coffee in the area is awesome...you have jack's on 10th street which has great espresso and joe the art of coffee on waverly and another branch on 13th street. there's also birdbath which sells city bakery baked goods and coffee. the cookies and cakes are ultra rich so dont overdo it.

      i was at clinton st baking for dinner last night and was quite impressed by the quality. i usually think of the place as just a brunch spot but its solid all around. weekday breakfast is a good idea as weekend brunch is a nightmare there.

      perilla is a good option for brunch over little owl in my opinion. its much nicer with more space and with much better food.

      have a great trip.

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      1. re: sam1
        sfcitygirl May 8, 2008 02:27 PM

        Yes, but now the Commodore has been turned into college dorm rooms!

        Thanks so much for the tips - and the coffee too! I'm an addict so this is great news. :-)

        I love Blue Bottle here in SF so definitely try it next time you're here (if you haven't already).

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        kathryn May 8, 2008 02:54 PM

        I love Clinton St., Barney Greengrass, and Prune.

        Little Owl's brunch is good but not great. I would do Blue Ribbon Bakery instead if you need to be in the area.

        What about Balthazar for weekend brunch? Five Points? Sarabeth's (weekday)?


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          sfcitygirl May 8, 2008 04:50 PM

          Thanks for letting me know about Little Owl. I wasn't so sure, but it has received good reviews for dinner (for the most part).

          Also, I loved your post about breakfast - I remember reading it and getting some great ideas! Maybe we'll try Balthazar instead. So many wonderful options!

        2. prdct May 9, 2008 10:53 AM

          I actually disagree with the Perilla brunch rec. While I've enjoyed dinner there, my one brunch there was downright awful. My pick in the area for brunch is August. Prune on saturday is a definite yes, but get there early and be prepared to wait. Don't forget to sample from their bloody mary menu.

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            sfcitygirl May 12, 2008 01:08 PM

            Thanks for your input. I'll check out August. And, luckily (?), I'm used to waiting here in SF too! :-)

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