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Dec 15, 2008 03:57 AM

Great brunch places with reservations?

Hi All -- Trying to come up with some ideas for a friend visiting NYC in a couple of weeks for brunch places that take reservations (for a party of 5). The ones I can think of are:

- Balthazar and Pastis
- Blue Water Grill
- Markt
- Norma's

Can you help? Anything in Manhattan would work as long as it's delicious. Thanks so much.

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  1. Delicatesten

        1. Great brunch for a group (they all take reservations):
          - Pastis (communal table)
          - The Neptune Room (communal table), also on OpenTable
          - Freemans (they have a private room)
          - Jane (private room downstairs), also on OpenTable
          - The Smith (same peope who do Jane), also on OpenTable
          - Morandi (also quite large, and a nice space)
          - 'inoteca (downstairs room)
          - Five Points (space for larger parties is in back -- there's a tables and a booth), also on OpenTable
          - Blue Ribbon Bakery (they can seat bigger groups downstairs)
          - Cookshop (they have booths and tables that can seat 6), also on OpenTable
          - Stanton Social (have an upstairs bar/lounge area that can be used, too) -- also on the pricey side, and it's all small plates, also on OpenTable

          Please don't go to Norma's. I think of that list my favorites are BRB, Five Points, and Stanton Social.

          RIP Tasting Room and Devin Tavern (rumored to be closing soon).

          6 Replies
            1. re: kathryn

              I would second Neptune Room and Jane - they are also by the same people.

              I was HIGHLY disappointed by cookshop so i would say stay away

              1. re: kelea

                I was also dis-satisfied with our Cookshop brunch.

                1. re: RCC

                  Not I. While I was disappointed by dinner, I really liked the brunch.

              2. re: kathryn

                Hasn't Neptune Room closed down, to reopen with new concept?

                I like Telepan's brunch. Perilla and Dovetail have both added tasty-looking brunch menus, although I've been to both for dinner only, so far.

                1. re: floretbroccoli

                  I wouldn't recommend Perilla for a big group because the menu is pretty limited during brunch. It is very comfy and low-key, though.

              3. I had a great brunch at Markt this past weekend.