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Oct 18, 2008 09:41 PM

New York on Sunday

out of towners (from San Francisco), staying in Chelsea (more specifically, on w. 15th bet 6th and 7th Aves) seek recs for Sunday meals (brunch OR early dinner) in the area. any help?

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  1. pretty last minute, huh? ;)

    chelsea market has two+ good brunch spots: 202 (eclectic -- everything from southwestern to traditional brunch fare) and the green table (greenmarket, simple preps of very high quality ingredients). There's a sarahbeth's bakery, but mostly they just do baked goods. i don't remember whether the amy's bread there does breakfast food other than pastries, but it would be worth a quick look.

    markt at 6th ave. and 21st st. is also not bad. good food, belgianish, i think. they make fantastic bloody marys. brunch menu here:

    The Green Table
    75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    1. Le Petit Bistro, 258 W 15th St, is one block from where you're staying, opens at 8AM on Sunday, serves French toast that I rather like, stays open until midnight, and I've read positive comments about their steak frites.

      Elephant & Castle, 68 Greenwich Ave at 7th Ave & 11th St (it's complicated in Greenwich Village), is about 5 blocks away, is open on Sunday from 10AM to midnight, and I've enjoyed both brunches and dinners there on various occasions during the past 17 years.

      Sarabeth's Bakery in the Chelsea Markets is open from 10AM to 6PM on Sunday, serving things like omelettes of various kinds, pumpkin waffles, and other brunchy/lunchy stuff. I've never eaten at this outpost of Sarabeth's, but I've been pretty happy at others of hers.

      I personally found 202 to be no great shakes compared to the other places I've mentioned. Nothing wrong with it, mind you, just not where I'd go. And is it just me, or is there something perverse about sitting down in a clothing store to eat a meal? Actually, the one time I ate there it was kinda fun, but I think that was more the company I was with, rather than the food or the setting.

      Amy's Bread once sold me the worst sticky bun ever. Just awful. No excuse. I had, previously, gotten some other stuff there that was pretty nice, but after that betrayal I felt that they were simply not to be trusted.

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        1. re: Lucia

          Bummer. Thanks for the update.

      1. MARKT is a really good choice....but so is a place called Paradou on Little W. 12th St. between Greenwich and Washington. UNLIMITED Champagne cocktails!! Yes.

        1. Other suggestions: Crispo, La Nacional, Petite Abeille, Maroons

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          1. re: Lucia

            just had dinner--boquerones, pinchos morunos, paella de casa, bottle of tinto from Navarre--at La Nacional and boy o boy did we enjoy it. seemed just like the tabernas we love in Madrid and regional Spanish cities.