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Jan 11, 2009 07:39 AM

Can you recommend a good brunch buffet?

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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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

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      1. re: Marge

        Is the food at The Water Club good?

        1. re: jackieparis

          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. Does TriBeCa Grand still do something?

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        1. re: il Trifulau

          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.

          1. re: il Trifulau

            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.

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

            1. 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.