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Jan 9, 2009 07:35 AM

chelsea brunch

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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    1. re: chow_gal

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

      1. re: ChileRelleno

        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

          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

            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

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

    2. 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

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

        1. re: mrnyc

          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


            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.