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Best place for Brunch in Midtown?

lorilaw Feb 4, 2009 07:44 AM

Anyone have any suggestions for a good palce for brunch in Midtown?

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    cimui Feb 4, 2009 03:14 PM

    On Sundays, only, Aquavit has a very pleasant smorgasborg brunch -- but you'd have to enjoy eating fish for breakfast. It's expensive, in the $30+ range.

    Norma's serves breakfast every day and is considered something of an institution (though I personally don't really understand what all the fuss is about). Portions are very large and sweet offerings are IMO excessively sweet. Food is decent, though nothing I would write home about. Good fresh squeezed OJ. It's in the $20-30 range.

    For a pretty simple, standard breakfast / early brunch any day of the week, I like Insieme. Offerings are basic and lean continental, but everything is well made. $20 range.

    Sarahbeth's on Central Park South is always popular and competently serves brunch standards most/every? day of the week. $20 range.

    Amy's Bread in Hell's Kitchen is lovely for quick, inexpensive pastries, muffins, quiche or sandwiches, and decent coffee. More of a take-out place than sit down place.

    Search this board for "brunch" and "kathryn" and you'll find lots of reliable prior recommendations.

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      RGR Feb 4, 2009 07:57 AM

      You request is too general. Where in Midtown? Do you want the standard eggs, pancakes, etc., or a menu that includes lunch dishes? What is your per person budget for food only (drinks, tax & tip additional)?

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        lorilaw Feb 4, 2009 08:08 AM

        Thanks for your critique. However, I was asking for the BEST place for brunch in Midtown. Generally, a request for the best would invite responses for one's opinion of the Best place irrespective of price, cuisine type, etc. Further, Webster's defines brunch as " a meal usually taken late in the morning that combines a late breakfast and an early lunch." Therefore, any suggestions you have on the Best Brunch (breakfast and lunch per Webster's definition) place in Midtown would be greatly appreciated.

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          Jane A. Feb 4, 2009 08:33 AM

          loriLAW - another idea that's a bit different (if you're into caviar and fish) is Petrossian (58th & 7th) which has a prix fixe brunch in the $30+ range with supplements for some of the very expensive items - like caviar!

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