Sat Brunch UWS - Not much wait?
This is probably an impossible goal.
We're coming into the city on Saturday to take our 7 year old to the Gazillion Bubble Show at World Wide Plaza and thought it would be fun to have brunch first. The UWS seems to make sense as a neighborhood for brunch. Approximately a million years ago, when we lived in the city, we always like Sarabeths and Popover Cafe and good brunch places always had a long wait. I can see from various UWS brunch threads that those are still mostly recommended, along with Barney Greengrass, Fairway Cafe and a few others.
So here's the million dollar question (ok, maybe the 100K question in the current economy), is there anyplace for a good brunch around 11ish on a Saturday morning that doesn't require a long wait?
For this coming Saturday, for three people? Can you commit to a reservation? I see availability at the Neptune Room on OpenTable for 11:30am - I would grab that ASAP.
As much as I like Neptune Room's brunch, I think Fred's might be better for a 7 year old. The brunch menu at Neptune Room, other than the french toast, is a bit more sophisticated. Unless you have a sophisticated 7 year old.
Also, if you feel like going earlier you might have a better luck at a place like Sarabeth's.
Fairway Cafe is definitely the best option. Its laidback and affordable and you, or your 7 year old, can be as loud as you want. Go grab some cookies at Levain Bakery on 74th Street right after and keep your 7 year old happy (and hyper) for a long time.
Attached is a photo of the Levain cookie, its unreal, get the chocolate chip walnut. Best cookie Ive ever had.
i am a fan of freds although i've never had the brunch but i always enjoy my dinner. definitely kid friendly though. across the street is hi life. i hear they have a mean bread/muffin basket at brunch. could be another option