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upper east brunch

Need a place for brunch this Sunday, preferably one that will take reservations for a group of six (including two teens), moderately priced. The after brunch destination is the Met, but I know the immediate 'hood is a culinary no-go zone. Happy to venture east to York, 2nd, etc.

Thanks from a Boston board regular

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  1. Not totally a "no-go zone," but you're right, not many good choices. I live just north of the Met, and I love the brunch and ambinace at Pascalou, a good neighborhood bistro. Also reasonably priced: the prix fixe brunch is $15.95, which includes a drink, and there is also an extensive a la carte menu at brunch. If you do reserve, be sure to ask for a downstairs table. The upstairs is a bit low-ceilinged and cramped.


    1. I like Fetch on 3rd around 91st - very casual (which might be good for the teens), good food, and good prices. And they do take reservations for large groups.

      1. My suggestion is to go to Square Meal, on 92nd between 5th & Madison.

        1. My recommendation is Cafe D'Alsace on 88th and 2nd (212.722.5133‎). Food is very good and prices are moderate. Think you will have better luck here than some of the other places in the area. Fetch is more of a bar, so I wouldn't recommend. Alternatively, you could look at Barking Dog on 94th and 3rd (212.831.1800‎), but beware, they don't accept credit cards.

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          1. re: NYCFoodie82

            I don't think there is a good brunch place on the UES. Terrible food. Payard is not bad though.

            1. re: babaganoushface

              That's a pretty broad generalization for a geographic area that represents a large slice of Manhattan. Any of the above suggestions would be lovely for someone planning on going to the Met after brunch. I would add Atlantic Grill, on Third Ave. between 76th & 77th for a fun, friendly, reliably good and very reasonably priced brunch (both lunch and brunch type choices).

              Payard is not moderately priced, as requested. I've never eaten there, but my impression is that it is kind of a formal place to bring 2 teens.

              1. re: City Kid

                i know...it's sad. terrible restaurants in ues. payard is moderately priced. it's not that formal.

                1. re: babaganoushface

                  Depends on your definition of moderate, but a lot of people might consider $25 for brunch (Payard) beyond that range. It is a "ladies who lunch" sort of place and while it may have good food, I definitely do not think teenagers would find it fun.

            2. re: NYCFoodie82

              another vote for cafe d'alsace and square meal! payard probably not the place for teens (unless they could work as extras on gossip girl!) but their pastries and brioche/croissants are divine.

            3. Agree w/the Cafe d'Alsace and Fetch Recs. Uptown is also pretty good.

              1. You must try Sojourn!!!! Formerly known as Stanton-located off 2nd Ave and 79th St. they have a very good brunch menu and certainly will take reservations.

                added bonus-just the perfect distance to walk off a meal before the Met.

                1. Dresner's on York Avenue at 78-79 St serves a really good weekend brunch. I wouldn't recommend them for dinner although sometimes that's pretty good too. I believe the last time I was there they had dropped the brunch price to $12.95. If you try it, you will love the complimentary basket of fresh muffins.

                  1. How about Serefina? I think on 72nd and Madison. Italian/Pizza and casual. Teens will like.

                    1. Try Cilantro for a great Tex-Mex Brunch. At least 2 of their locations might work for you.

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                      1. re: andibrooke22

                        Cilantro offers this amazing chip basket with brunch. I asked the waiter and he said it was fried flour tortillas with cinnamon sugar, amazing

                      2. I really enjoy:

                        Alice's Tea Cup - I'm not sure if they take reservations (81st between 2nd and 3rd Aves). They have delicious scones. I'm a fan of the pumpkin and Ham & Cheese scones.
                        Taco Taco - 2nd Avenue between 88th and 89th Streets
                        Uptown Lounge - 3rd Avenue between 88th and 89th Streets

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                        1. re: teresa

                          Alice's Tea Cup has yummy scones. Their Blueberry Corn Meal Pancakes are also very delicious!

                          1. re: fdb

                            B. Cafe has a delicious brunch.
                            Fulton Street also serves brunch and is not as pricey as their dinner menu
                            Cafe D'Alsace
                            Atlantic Grill
                            Parlour also serves brunch

                            Cafe d'Alsace
                            1695 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

                            Atlantic Grill
                            1341 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10021

                            B. Cafe
                            240 East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021

                            Parlor Steakhouse
                            1600 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10128

                            1. re: fdb

                              Wow, usually my friends and I order the Mad Hatter special. I have yet to have any of their brunch items. i may be tempted to try these pancakes. :)

                              1. re: teresa

                                My friend and I shared an order of Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes, a Chocolate Cherry Scone, a Pumpkin Scone, a pot of Earl Grey Lavender Tea and a pot of their house blend. Everything was just delicious!

                          2. thank you all. for whatever reason, we ended up at Fig and Olive, which was a long walk back to the met, but OK on a lovely day. we had a good meal and they were very understanding when the party took a while to assemble. But I have a great list for next time.