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Can you recommend a good brunch buffet?

il Trifulau Jan 11, 2009 07:39 AM

Preferably downtown-ish, but willing to take the family to a good brunch buffet with a pleasing variety on a Saturday or Sunday anywhere in Manhattan.

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    RGR Jan 11, 2009 08:19 AM

    I generally detest buffets, but I was recently convinced to try the Sunday smorgasbord at Aquavit. Excellent! Especially if you are a fan of herring, salmon, and smoked fish.

    http://www.aquavit.org

    1. Marge Jan 11, 2009 02:48 PM

      I enjoy the Sunday brunch buffet at The Water Club. Bonus is a wonderful view (and it's fun watching the sea planes take off and land in the river) and free valet parking.
      http://www.thewaterclub.com/

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        jackieparis Jan 11, 2009 03:29 PM

        Is the food at The Water Club good?

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          Marge Jan 11, 2009 03:56 PM

          I've only had the brunch there, and it was very good--among the many offerings were fresh raw oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon, eggs benedict, freshly carved lamb, turkey, great desserts.

      2. il Trifulau Jan 12, 2009 02:23 PM

        Does TriBeCa Grand still do something?

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          small h Jan 12, 2009 05:16 PM

          I just went through their website with a fine tooth comb & could find nary a whisper about brunch. Which is fine, 'cause I've been, & it was pretty good, but I was annoyed by the 20% service charge. I liked Brasserie 8 1/2 better.

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            kobetobiko Jan 12, 2009 09:24 PM

            I think both small_h and I had put comments for Tribeca Grand's buffet before, and contrary to small_h's experience, mine was horrible. Food was nothing better than your cafeteria's food, like dry chicken in those catering metal tray, sausages, and cheap california rolls. It's really bad. The only good thing was the made-to-order omelette station, but the selection of fillings for the omelette was tiny.

            I will never go back to this place again.

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            audlor Jan 12, 2009 07:42 PM

            Another vote for Brasserie 8 1/2 - not downtownish - but not too far up either - 57th and 5th. Great variety and nice setting.

            1. Miss Needle Jan 13, 2009 09:57 AM

              I'm not a brunch person and am not a buffet person. But I like the brunch buffet at Turkish Kitchen on 20-something street and 3rd Ave because it's got a selection of typical brunch fare and Turkish food. You definitely need to make reservations.

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                bxgirl Jan 13, 2009 10:15 AM

                SInce there were several suggestions for Brasserie 8 1/2, I would like to know if there are vegetarian choices to be had? Are there freshly-made omelettes, fresh fruit, cheeses, and enough of these non-meat and non-fish foods so that a vegetarian can feel as welcome as the meat-eaters?
                Thanks

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                  LeahBaila Jan 13, 2009 10:21 AM

                  Check out the menu for yourself: http://www.patinagroup.com/cgi-bin/menu.cgi?url=http://www.patinagroup.com/east/menu/brasserie8/brunch.swf&LinkName=Brasserie%208%20%bd

                  www.thelunchbelle.com

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                    bxgirl Jan 13, 2009 10:37 AM

                    LeahBaila,
                    WOW. Thank you so much for the link. It looks wonderful!!!

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                    City Kid Jan 13, 2009 10:56 AM

                    I have been to brunch at Brasserie 8 1/2 several times and there are plenty of choices for vegetarians. They have an omelette station where they prepare them on the spot with your choice of ingredients, as well as a number of salads (veggie and fruit), as well as pasta, I think. Also a fabulous dessert bar! Anyone looking for a buffet brunch should be very happy here and not leave hungry!

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                      eameyer Jan 13, 2009 12:01 PM

                      Are any drinks included in the buffet price?

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                        City Kid Jan 13, 2009 12:36 PM

                        I don't believe they are included.

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