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In NYC next weekend for a birthday-looking for trendy places with good food

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My friend and I are in our early 30`s and are bringing our mothers (in their late 50`s) for a weekend in NYC. We all love good food but are also looking for trendy places. We booked Buddakan for Friday night and we were thinking of going to Prune on Saturday. How is the food at these 2 places. What do you recommend for breakfast and lunch? We don't mind splurging a little and we love all kinds of food. I would maybe not go for French as we are from MTL and we are spoiled when it comes to French food! Thanks a lot!

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  1. Brunch or Lunch
    Spotted Pig
    Fig & Olive

    1. Never been to Buddakan, but the food is very good at Prune. I hope they aren't picky eaters. The place is very cozy (a little cramped too) and the menu is on the small side and eccentric. I wouldn't say that it's trendy unless you mean that it's hip with chefs. It's not somewhere that people get all dressed up to go out to, really.

      Best brunch:

      Advice for Montreal visitors:

      1. If you prefer to avoid French, Pastis and Tartine are out.

        1. For brunch, you might want to try Five Points. Also, the Blue Ribbon Bakery is very popular in the West Village. A lot of people like to go to Norma's at the Parker Meredien Hotel and Sarabeth's Kitchen. For steak, the restaurant called The Strip House is fun and great. For dinner, you might want to check out the Grammercy Park Hotel (http://www.gramercyparkhotel.com/rest...). Be sure to check out their roof club and garden for a drink. You might enjoy a lunch at Pastis in the meat packing district.
          Five Points
          31 Great Jones Street
          New York, NY 10012
          (212) 253-5700

          1. From one Montrealer to another, Lupa is excellent, fairly priced and quite buzzing. I'd also add Crispo. I'm partial to Alta for tapas and for the vibe as well as Inoteca for simpler italian and a great wine list, they don't rerservations though. The SPotted Pig is also a very good rec. For breakfast or lunch, I like Le Pain Quotiden and they have numerous branches in Manhattan or Teany for vegetarian fare.

            1. I would skip buddakan and go to bar blanc or bobo which has great food and is more fun current and the food is great at both places. Also I would go to prune for brunch. It is the best brunch in the city...well at least I think so. Everything on the brunch menu at prune is great.

              I think at this point buddakan isn't trendy, but just played out. I would avoid pastis the crowd is tacky and the food has really gone downhill. Fig and olive is unremarkable I just ate there and it is not worth going to. I love the italian food at bar pitti, but not much atmosphere. The atmosphere at Perbacco is really great and the food is good although I think the appetizers trump the pastas.

              1. don't go to le pain qoutidian it is a good sandwich place, but not amazing.

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                1. re: alex70

                  I`m back from NYC and had a fantastic weekend! We had dinner at Buddakan on Friday and then had drinks at Salon de Ning at the Peninsula Hotel. Had Breakfast at Bouchon Bakery on Saturday, had a quick bite at some random restaurant in Little Italy and went to Crispo for Dinner. We then had drinks at Gansevoort Hotel and went out at The Library in Hudson Hotel. On Sunday morning we went to Pain Quotidien for baked goods and coffee. Not sure why people don`t like Buddakan, I`m sure there are better places but I thought the food and service was outstanding. Crispo was also excellent but service was slow and not very attentive. Thanks for all your suggestions!