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May 14, 2008 02:28 PM

East Village Brunch

A few former Manhattanites are THRILLED to return to a land where Sunday Brunch reigns. It's been a few years since we've dwelled in the city--where to go in the East Village? Thanks!

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  1. 9th St. Market, Prune, Cafe Orlin, Cafe Mogador, Five Points

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    1. re: Lucia

      Those are THE places to go, well done Lucia.

      1. re: Lucia

        Wow--I'm amazed that nothing has changed...thanks so much!

        1. re: Lucia

          Definitely Five Points. Unless you want to wait for over an hour, make sure to make a reservation (4 years ago you could just walk in and get a table in 15 minutes, not so much these days).

        2. what Lucia said + The Smith, Westville, maybe EU.

          See also.

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          1. re: kathryn

            The Smith is actually a nice new aition to the neighborhood for brunch. It's lively, the food is good an you get a free cocktail.


          2. I recently had a few good meals (including brunch) at Belcourt. This place didn't get mentioned much on CH but I really liked it!

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            1. re: kobetobiko

              I've only been there for dinner, but had friends go to lunch, and they hated it, saying that the boudin noir was good but too expensive, and the poached eggs on the benedict were over-cooked. What did you have that you liked?

              1. re: kathryn

                Interesting. Those are dishes that I did not ordered.

                For dinners, I have previously ordered:
                - olive oil poached octopus, butternut squash and apple raviolo, lamb tongue (which was no longer present), and grilled sweetbreads (like Momofuku Ssam's better)
                - pork belly with lavendar spaetzle (couldn't tell lavendar taste but overally a lovely dish), hanger steak with bone marrow sauce (the sauce was the highlight), and branzino baked in sea salt crust (simple yet satisfying)

                For brunch:
                - Salt cod hash (salty goodness with perfectly poached eggs, but yes it was very salty which I liked)
                - Croque Madame with lamb ham- it was open faced and quite good
                - soup of the day (I had a asparagus soup, served with bread, nothing too special)

                I don't usually care about salad so I never ordered. Skip their sides as they were very mediocre.

            2. Westville East, Cafe Orlin, 7A, Veselka...many good options in the area!!