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ChileRelleno Jan 9, 2009 07:35 AM

meeting my partner for brunch tomorrow in chelsea. we've done markt and elmo, but frankly, i find them both subpar. can anyone help me some more options? thanks

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    Lucia Jan 9, 2009 05:15 PM

    Rocking Horse, Maroons, Cookshop. Good isn't in Chelsea but is close enough. I've always wanted to go to the Green Table in Chelsea Market.

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    1. re: Lucia
      mrnyc Jan 9, 2009 05:38 PM

      i ditto those. not to mention they are a lot more lively than mediocre GASCOGNE.

      1. re: mrnyc
        Lucia Jan 9, 2009 06:40 PM

        I've only been to Gascogne once for dinner and also found it mediocre. I've always wanted to give it a second chance for brunch, but now you've saved me the trip.

        1. re: Lucia
          RGR Jan 9, 2009 07:53 PM


          I'm sorry to hear that your one experience at Gascogne was mediocre. I find it surprising since we've been there many times, and the food has always been excellent. When we have brunch there, we skip the breakfast foods in favor of the French-style lunch dishes. If you do change your mind about giving brunch a try, I suggest you wait until the weather warms up so that you can sit in the lovely garden.

          As far as the vibe is concerned, one of the reasons I like Gascogne is that one can dine there without being assaulted by an uncomfortably high noise level. The one time we had dinner a Cookshop, I was totally unprepared for how exceptionally noisy it was. Plus, I found the food quite disappointing.

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      chow_gal Jan 9, 2009 07:37 AM

      Gascogne. Rocking Horse Cafe.

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        ChileRelleno Jan 9, 2009 07:42 AM

        thanks, will look at menus. which do you prefer?

        1. re: ChileRelleno
          RGR Jan 9, 2009 08:06 AM

          We've not been to Rocking Horse, but Gascogne is one of our favs for brunch, as well as for dinner and lunch. The food's delicious, and the small space is cozy and charming. When the weather is conducive, their garden is one of the loveliest in the city.


          Enjoy and Bon Appetit!

          1. re: RGR
            ChileRelleno Jan 9, 2009 08:16 AM

            thanks rgr. just looked at the menu and it sounds nice. my only concern is their lack of sweeter brunch fare (my partner has a sweet tooth)

            1. re: ChileRelleno
              RGR Jan 9, 2009 08:37 AM

              If you're referring to dessert, iirc, the a la carte dessert menu is available -- for an extra charge -- but you have to ask for it. The profiteroles are seriously delicious, and the clafouti is not too shabby either.

              1. re: RGR
                ChileRelleno Jan 9, 2009 08:52 AM

                thanks rgr. very helpful and i will report back. you're quite the chowhound :-)

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