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Prune, Sunday Brunch... how long is the wait? And other questions

I know they open at 10 am and ideally we'd like to be seated that early (I have a flight to catch at 2pm from LaGuardia). What time should we get to the resto?

Another question... We are interested in treating ourselves to some bone marrow and we're going back and forth between Blue Ribbon and Landmarc (Tribeca Loc.). Which is better? I heard that Landmarc has great deals on wine too.

Also, we want to go to Momofuku, and originally wanted to do the Noodle bar again (visited on a previous trip), but I've heard good things about Ssam and now I can't make up my mind. Your thoughts/preferences?

Some other places we're considering:

Otto's - lunch (I'm not excited about this one)
Casa Mono - dinner
Hudson Hotel - drinks
bOb Bar - drinks
PDT - drinks

This is a girl's weekend. We want to keep it casual. We'r e open to just about anything... but are interested in offal, in particular(well, I am anyway).

Thanks, in advance, Chowhounds!

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  1. If you've been to Noodle bar (which I've not been to), I'd suggest going to Ssam, which I love. Casa Mono is a favorite of mine. I'd rather go to Lupa than to Otto's. Sounds like you have a fun weekend planned.

    1. I'd get in line no later than 9:45am. 9:30am is better if you don't want to chance it. Bring the paper. There's also a nice coffee shop nearby, Simon Sips, and a juice bar/takeout window, Juicy Lucy. However, note that Prune is rather small and cramped, if you plan on bringing your luggage with you.

      Never been to Landmarc but I've been to the Blue Ribbons a lot. Blue Ribbon Bakery and Blue Ribbon Brasserie both offer the bone marrow. I like the atmosphere at the Bakery during the day, and the atmosphere at the Brasserie at night. But both are great. Not sure which one you are considering....

      Otto will definitely be a good choice for lunch - pizza is pretty good, not great, but definitely get some of the pastas and salads, and whatever is a seasonal special.

      Casa Mono for dinner will be GREAT if you are an offal fan!

      And since you seem to share taste with me (Prune, Blue Ribbon, Otto, Casa Mono), I think you'll love Momofuku Ssam Bar and PDT.

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      1. re: kathryn

        Also - the Blue Ribbon in Midtown also serves bone marrow - it's the only one I've tried, and I thought it was delicious.

        1. re: kathryn

          Agree with the time to get in line for Prune. I also echo the Ssam rec.
          What is bOb Bar?? Thanks.

          www.thelunchbelle.com

        2. I went to Prune at 1:00 pm and waited about an hour. I wouldn't think there'd be much of a wait at 10 am. Also, do you know about Clinton St Baking Co? It's at Houston and Clinton and has incredible breakfasts...probably one of the highest rated in the city. If you can get there early, it's worth it. Sorry, I'm not a fan of Prune.

          Momofuku Ssam is great. Better than the noodle bar and definitely more varied food.

          I was severely disappointed with Casa Mono. The dishes were so hit or miss and they definitely stray far from authentic tapas (I lived in Spain). Although not 100% authentic, both Las Ramblas and Tia Pol at least come closer to the mark for both authenticity and execution than Casa Mono (and are cheaper, too).

          I haven't been to Blue Ribbon or Landmarc, but generally people favor Blue Ribbon's food.

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          1. re: kim e

            I've not been to Spain, but my sense as well is that the dishes are not authentic tapas. That said I've loved almost everything I've eaten there. I still need to try Las Ramblas and Tia Pol.

          2. You guys ROCK. Thanks so much for the feedback.

            I don't know much about bOb Bar, but a friend that I will be traveling with suggested it. I understand it's not a "scene" kind of place... more casual, dance music, inexpensive drinks and it's on the lower east side (http://www.bobbarnyc.com/).

            Thanks again, 'hounds!

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            1. re: lynnlato

              bOb is a LES mainstay. It's been there for years and it's tiny little bar not to be confused with it's twin the Sapphire Lounge down the street. They are both DJ centric bars where dancing is not unusual and they are both less apt to be filled with the crowd now associated with the neighborhood. Be warned the bar can get LOUD.

            2. Prune sounds like it would be cutting it close if you're supposed to be in the air at 2pm, honestly. Not to say you can't pull it off, but my advice would be to find a place open for breakfast and get an earlier start. Prune isn't remarkable compared to the breakfasts you see outside of NY, but it fills a gap for New Yorkers, and that's why it gets crowds.

              PDT is interesting, but make sure you have reservations because they always have a host who is way too into their clip board sitting at the door. I think Pegu Loung, and Death & Co. are better mixers.

              Hudson Hotel - The library rooms are nice and there's private seating in the hallway areas, which are relaxed, but the main room with the light up dance floor is to be avoided unless you're a huge fan of $18 drinks (no, really), and watching Sex and the City come to life before your eyes. If you want to sit down on anything but the log (yes, I said a log) you'll have to pay hundreds for bottle service. It's a good place for girls to go for attention, but be very, very careful in there. It attracts a den of sleazeballs.

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              1. re: sugartoof

                Ooooh, thanks for the info. The only reason we were considering Hudson Hotel was b/c it is a sister hotel to The Delano in South Beach and we fell in love w/ that place a few years ago. The scene you described, however, sounds like a deal breaker.

                I heard about the need for a resv at PDT - you made me chuckle w/ the clipboard comment.

                Turns out my flight leaves at 2:45 and our hotel is 3 miles from Prune. Not sure if we'll try to squeeze it in or not. We were also considering Norma's or, if none of those work, Brooklyn Diner has a decent eggs benedict and some tasty fried polenta.

                The two spots you mentioned for drinks look interesting and good for some interesting beverage concoctions. ;-) Thanks again!

                1. re: lynnlato

                  You will never make a 2:45 flight if youre hitting Prune for Brunch at 10am..unless you really get right in..get quick service and rush out..that being said..Prune is so much better than Normas...

                  also Otto is a nice option for lunch..Its relaxed, un-hurried, lots of great wine..and a nice selection of antipasti to pick on...Lupa is much much better than Otto for dinner..but I think Otto is a perfect lunch spot.

                  Casa Mono you will love..

                  1. re: jvish

                    Ditto that Prune is better than Normas.

                    I've had reservations at Norma's and still been made to wait a bit, so they may not be the best choice if you are pressed for time.

                  2. re: lynnlato

                    The bar at PDT is always first come, first served. If you come right around when they open, you shouldn't have a problem. There are always huge crowds on Fridays and Saturdays though. I tend to go on off nights.

                    I would say that Death & Co is a hair better than PDT and Pegu varies dependent upon who is mixing and how slammed they are.

                    1. re: lynnlato

                      You may really like Hudson Hotel, but I felt you should be warned. Like I said, the side rooms aren't clubby at all, so there is refuge and if your friends want to be party girls one night, they'll at least get it out of their system there. The other bars mentioned are all fairly small, and low on ambience. The focus is on a good drink instead of partying. Pegu is probably the only one with much ambience, otherwise, expect minimal and quirky.