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Dec 31, 2008 02:25 PM

New Year's Day Lunch/Brunch ideas?

Hi there --

We (a party of five) would like to have a nice brunch tomorrow somewhere. This is last minute, so many places are already full. Expensive is okay, though ├╝ber-expensive is probably not.

Midtown/uptown is probably easiest (my parents are coming in). My stepmother made reservations at the Algonquin as a fall-back. I just called Nougatine (the more casual Jean Georges restaurant) and got a 2pm reservation, but I think I may have to cancel as that will probably be too late for them.

Any other ideas? My parents are somewhat conservative eaters if that makes a difference (ie Japanese fusion brunch is probably not what they have in mind).


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  1. Have you looked on OpenTable? Right now I see openings for a bunch of places (not midtown/uptown though):

    Chinatown Brasserie (excellent but somewhat pricy dim sum)
    EU (more traditional brunch but also a good burger)
    Hundred Acres (by the folks who brought you Cookshop and Five Points)
    Klee (have heard positive things)
    Lupa (Batali, very popular)
    Lure Fishbar (although it depends if your folks are into seafood)
    Otto (Batali)
    The Smith (same folks who do Jane/The Neptune Room)

    1. Looking at OpenTable, I see that Marseille, on the corner of 9th Av. & 44th St., can accommodate a party of 5 tomorrow at noon.

      Town, on 56th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., is more expensive. It has various times available for a party of 5.

      Both have excellent food. Different ambiance. Marseille's attractive, bustling brasserie setting vs.Town's gorgeous subterranean space.