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Mar 28, 2009 05:59 PM

Brunch West Village/ Chelsea

I am feeling very bored with my weekend brunch staples. I love Good and The Empire Diner and go often,but am looking for something new. Nothing incredibly fancy or expensive, just a great brunch. BTW I have Celiac and can't eat Gluten (Wheat, Rye, Oats and Barley) so bakery's can be challenging.

Any good suggestions in the West Village/ Chelsea area?

Thank you!!

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  1. Did you see the GF options at Petit Cafe? Mentioned on Celiac Chicks.

      1. re: kathryn

        ugh...i laugh every time i see the lines at good...i have no idea why people like that place...their lemon pancakes are the only decent thing there.

        tea and sympathy rules...westville is ok for brunch...cookshop is great...perilla ribbon bakery has the best french toast in table probably has the 2nd best.

        1. re: sam1

          SaltyD special request- unfortunately, for those of us with Celiac Disease, places that specialize in pancakes and french toast are usually verboten.
          I haven't been to Cookshop, but if it is run like 5 Points, they make egg dishes in individual serving dishes so that should be a good bet.
          I know that Friedman's is offering a GF brunch- I went last weekend and thought that it was just ok. But it is a safe bet since you can actually have an omelet with toast ( skip the eggs benne and anything the least bit fancy).

            1. re: carfreeinla

              Thanks for the heads up on Friedmans' even if the food isn;'t amazing it is always nice to go to a place that understand what Gluten Free means. I can't tell you how many times I have gone through the whole schpeel and ended up with a huge piece of toast laying on top of my eggs.

          1. re: kathryn

            I have a friend with a life-threatening dairy allergy, and she'll often gets a burger sans bun - not sure if you are into that sort of thing. But no pancakes, waffles, french toast, bagels, tarts/quiches, oatmeal, granola, toast, croutons, tortillas, muffins, cake, pastas, scones/etc., correct?

            Blue Ribbon Bakery - there are 6 or 7 different poached egg dishes and hashes. They also have a HUGE appetizers list that you could eat: cheese plates (they have a big cheese list), roasted garlic, artichoke hearts, hummus, roasted peppers, crudite, grilled sardines, shrimp cocktail, steak tartare, steamed clams, etc. There are also soups, salads, and nearly all of the main courses they serve for lunch/dinner, that you could eat (most of them are not sandwiches, and/or come with mashed potatoes or rice). It's not obvious from their site but when you get the brunch menu it includes the regular menu. I think this is your BEST choice for variety.

            Perry Street - your second best bet for variety. From their current online menu, I count only 4-5 dishes that explicitly have pancakes, bread or toast. There are over a dozen more lunch type dishes on the menu.

            Jane - their signature eggs benedict uses crab cakes, not a biscuit. They also have 5-6 different scrambles and a handful of salads.

            Spotted Pig - 4-5 types of bar snacks, about 5 egg dishes, yogurt, oysters, caesar salad, haddock chowder.

            Morandi - salads, antipasti, egg dishes, steak and eggs, and different grilled meats (from the secondi menu).

            Cookshop - soup, salads, skillet eggs, poached eggs, fritatta, scrambled eggs, huevos rancheros, salads, fried chicken.

            Westville - if you can't do burgers, sandwiches, etc. there's probably not a huge variety here for you. Salads, vegetable plates (they do a daily changing list of vegetables from the Greenmarket), fruit, yogurt, scrambles, egg with ham, egg with turkey.

            Perilla - really small menu, not much for you on here. And it changes frequently. Omelet, yogurt, beef hash and eggs, poached eggs, fried oysters.

            The Little Owl - another really small menu. You could have the egg white omelet, steak and eggs, sunflower salad, poached eggs. I can't remember if the menu includes other dishes from the regular lunch menu, but it is quite small.

            Market Table - another tiny menu. Omelet, poached eggs, salad, soup, steak.

            Cafe Cluny - berries, omelet, poached eggs, two salads.

            Extra virgin - 5 egg dishes, 3 salads.

          2. Zampa on West 13th. Smallish but adequate portions and FANTASTIC lattes.