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May 16, 2008 05:03 PM

Saturday Brunch in Queens?

Have car, will travel...Looking for a nice brunch on a Saturday, pre-graduation. (Probably 4 people, but could be 8) Breakfast/lunch items. $20 per person, without booze, have to maintain decorum for the ceremony :)
Any help you provide is appreciated. (Lunch or dinner is not an option because of time and other commitments on that day.) Thanks!

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  1. I love Valverde's in Astoria (Steinway and 36th Avenue)... small place, but all fresh ingredients, amazing coffee. I've heard good things about Winegasm's brunch, but haven't tried it yet.

    1. I had a wonderful brunch at Bistro 33 in Astoria (Ditmars and 21st Street). They have pancakes, egg dishes, and other things, including sushi. Pretty good coffee, and meal comes with a drink, too. One of the best brunches I've had in town.


      Bistro 33
      19-33 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

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      1. re: megc

        thanks for the link, but $14 for pancakes? That is just insane.

        1. re: janie

          I've never been but that does say it includes a Mimosa or Bloody Mary, so not totally ridiculous.

          1. re: Widmark

            I had brunch there and it was pretty bad. The staff is hopeless and the food is very mediocre -- just like Astoria!

        2. re: megc

          My brunch there was disappointing. Presentation was nice, but eggs were overcooked, and the toad in the hole (frog in the hole?) was very difficult to eat, from a purely technical standpoint. Omlette was pretty good, but not great. Service wasn't great either, but was very friendly. It was also a little pricey for what you get. I've heard good things about their dinner, so I might go back for that, but was underwhelmed by brunch.

        3. If you're in Glendale, you probably already know of it, but I just love, love, LOVE La Tavernetta. I no longer live in the area, but I've been known to rent a zip car just to go. And I just realized that they finally have a website www.latavernettaqueens.com. I've had great service there. My boyfriend and I once thought it a good idea to walk there when I lived in Kew Gardens and, after being unable to get a car service to pick us up (it was pretty late), the owner drove us home. It was very surreal.

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          1. re: urbancowgirl

            La Tavernetta has a brunch menu? Since when?

            1. re: janie

              I'm not sure they have a 'brunch' menu per se as an Italian restaurant, but I know they open early (11 am, I believe) for lunch. It's been awhile since I was there that early, but I recall that they added some sandwiches and lighter fare to the lunch offerings.

          2. This post comes probably a few days late but Tournesol in LIC has a pretty good brunch menu, as does Brick Cafe in Astoria. Both are definitely under $20 (w/o booze). I think both open around 11 am.

            I also second Bistro 33 for brunch.

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            1. re: mepm231

              Tournesol has really gone bad. I ordered a steak frites my last time there and it was unchewable. It was like chewing on a rubber tire. Not good. Manducatis Rustica is much better.

              1. re: marburyqueens

                I've eaten at Tournesol on average about 10 times a year for the last 8 years or so.
                The last time I ate there was last night, in a party of 5.
                We all enjoyed our meals.
                Of those 80 meals at Tournesol, I would say half dozen were transcendent, and 3 or 4 were disappointing. The rest were why I keep going back: It's a reliably very good bistro. The fries rock. The specials are inventive. The room, at times, glows. And though it's not cheap but there's definitely a Queens discount.
                I had a special duck entree last night that was good but not particularly memorable. 3 of us each ordered a blue cheese tart appetizer special; we all devoured it.
                I disagree with your assessment that Tournesol has in any way "really gone bad."
                Sorry you had a disappointing steak.
                And I'm a fan of Manducatis Rustica, too, yes.

            2. The brunch at Winegasm is wonderful - it's about $15, but the food is really good and it comes with THREE mimosas, and not tiny ones, big mimosas. Great space, really nice staff and good food. It's a wonderful addition to Astoria.