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Great brunch places with reservations?

gramercyfoodie Dec 15, 2008 03:57 AM

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.

  1. bosun Dec 15, 2008 01:02 PM

    I had a great brunch at Markt this past weekend.

    1. k
      kathryn Dec 15, 2008 08:38 AM

      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
        gramercyfoodie Dec 15, 2008 09:46 AM

        awesome list. thanks so much.

        1. re: kathryn
          kelea Dec 15, 2008 11:16 AM

          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
            RCC Dec 15, 2008 03:13 PM

            I was also dis-satisfied with our Cookshop brunch.

            1. re: RCC
              Lucia Dec 15, 2008 04:29 PM

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

          2. re: kathryn
            floretbroccoli Dec 15, 2008 12:33 PM

            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
              kathryn Dec 15, 2008 01:35 PM

              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. m
            maggiej Dec 15, 2008 07:45 AM

            Five Points.

            1. ellenost Dec 15, 2008 05:27 AM

              How about Artisanal?

              1. u
                UES Mayor Dec 15, 2008 04:51 AM


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