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kimsy Jan 16, 2009 02:38 PM

Looking to take my best friend to birthday brunch this Sunday. Prefer not to wait in line, so somewhere that takes reservations and/or is not touristy. So no Prune or Pastis/Balthazar or Essex or Jane suggestions. Also, no EV spots like Westville East, Cafe Orlin, Smith, etc. I'm looking to make it somewhat special. I've compiled a small list so far, and I would appreciate any comments about them as well as new suggestions.

Little Owl
Blue Ribbon Bakery

Thanks in advance!

  1. p
    Pan Jan 17, 2009 03:53 AM

    Balthazar does take reservations. You feel it's touristy, is that it?

    1. l
      Lucia Jan 16, 2009 06:56 PM

      Had a really nice brunch at August a couple of weeks ago. I'd also recommend Perry Street (although more of a lunch-y menu).
      I haven't been to Little Owl brunch, but based on dinner, there, I'd recommend. Also in this camp, Market Table and Perilla.
      Blue Ribbon Bakery is very good, but it's busy.

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      1. re: Lucia
        Sugar Jan 17, 2009 06:47 AM

        Good suggestions on August and Perilla. This time of year I would probably recommend Perilla -- August has the covered outdoor space in the back and I don't know if it's open right now.

        1. re: Sugar
          Lucia Jan 17, 2009 04:06 PM

          It is--that's where we ate. We were in the back corner, which was comfortable despite a slight draft.

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        RCC Jan 16, 2009 06:21 PM

        The last time we were at Blue Ribbon for brunch, there was a waiting line for small parties and most of those waiting appears to be not locals. Plus the brunch was not that impressive.

        I have not been to Terroir in the E Village for brunch, and feel that it's not fair to suggest place(s) that I've not personally tried, but fwiw this is one that we're looking forward to going to.

        1. k
          kathryn Jan 16, 2009 06:00 PM

          I don't think Little Owl takes reservations for brunch but it is fairy easy to walk-in; however, the menu is quite limited/small. I don't think they do waffles or french toast. If your friend has a specific craving for an item, he/she may not be happy with the menu there.

          Blue Ribbon Bakery is pretty popular and only takes reservations for small groups. The "breakfast"-y part of the menu is not that extensive, so, again, if your friend has a specific craving for an item, he/she may not be happy with the menu there. For example, they don't have pancakes or waffles, and the French toast is OK but not the best in town.

          1. r
            RGR Jan 16, 2009 02:58 PM

            Does the restaurant have to be downtown? Would you consider a lunch menu, i.e., no eggs, pancakes, etc.? What is your per person budget for food only (drinks, tax & tip additional)?

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