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Sunday brunch fans- NYC- what are your faves?

1. What is your favorites splurge brunch for a special occassion?
2. What is your favorite more low key brunch place- can still be a little pricy, but if I want to go in my jeans and flip flops?
3. What is your favorite spot for a great deal for brunch?
4. Any fave spots walking distance to Central park South? 20 minute walk max.

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  1. Community Food and Juice on the UWS and their far more busy and far smaller sister restaurant (the original) Clinton Street Baking on the LES serve the best brunch in the city in my opinion.

      1. Telepan might very well have the best brunch in the city. It's on W. 69th, east of Broadway. Less than 10 minutes from CPW. Might qualify as a splurge.

        1. 1. What is your favorites splurge brunch for a special occassion?

          Aquavit's All You Care to Eat Sunday Smorgasborg. Prepare to spend the rest of the day in a food coma because there are too many nice things to try. Even if you only have a little bit of everything, it adds up. (You have to be down with eating smoked fish for breakfast to really appreciate the experience, though. There's a lot of it.)

          2. What is your favorite more low key brunch place- can still be a little pricy, but if I want to go in my jeans and flip flops?

          Little Owl
          Shopsin's
          I've heard many, many good things about Clinton St. Baking, but haven't been.

          3. What is your favorite spot for a great deal for brunch?

          Used to be the Neptune Room. I haven't yet found a great replacement, sadly. The Dominican breakfast at Cafe con Leche (in the w. 70s) isn't bad. It's very stick to your ribs. The real draw for me is that it's on the sunny side of the street at brunch time, they have outdoor seating, the folks are nice and not pushy about getting you to vacate ASAP, and they let me sit there with my dog and my paper for as long as I want. Good fresh squeezed OJ, bad coffee.

          Oh, speaking of dogs, if you had an eventful Saturday night and want to chase the hair of the dog, Calle Ocho has an all you can drink sangria brunch. The food isn't great, but it's better than average and the drinks could be worse. (You can taste the bottom shelf vodka they mix into the sangria, but the flavors are interesting ... and there are so many different ones to try! After a while, you won't care if the vodka's bottom shelf. ;) Some people consider the brunch a fantastic deal for the AYCD aspect.

          4. Any fave spots walking distance to Central park South? 20 minute walk max.

          Aquavit's within walking distance. There's a Sarahbeth's *on* Central Park South, which is decent. Also decent: Landmarc in the Time Warner Center at 59th St. Columbus Circle.

          1. Brunch at the boathouse in Central Park is a very special and fun meal. It may too touristy for the natives, but , to me, its a classic NYC experience. The food's not sublime, but its plenty good.

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            1. re: carolinadawg

              Oh, that's a great suggestion! I don't think it's all that touristy and the food is, indeed, surprisingly good. I'm not sure which one of OP's categories I'd lump it into, though... maybe the first or second? It's especially pleasant in the summer after you've worked up a good appetite getting lost in the ramble or paddleboating in the adjacent pond.

            2. 1. What is your favorites splurge brunch for a special occassion?
              Norma's is delicious. Atlantic Grill has a great brunch. Balthazar is my favorite but is crazy during brunch hours on the weekend.
              2. What is your favorite more low key brunch place- can still be a little pricy, but if I want to go in my jeans and flip flops?
              Five Points, Jane, The Little Owl, Cookshop & A Hundred Acres
              3. What is your favorite spot for a great deal for brunch?
              Essex on the LES. The Smith in the East Village
              4. Any fave spots walking distance to Central park South? 20 minute walk max.
              There are two B.Cafe's. One on the UWS and another on the UES. Delicious Belgian brunch.

              1. 1. I like Norma's, although I think their portions are getting smaller and quality is going down (this is over the course of a few years). Clinton St is my absolute fave and I consider it a splurge, not because of cost, but b/c of time. It has to be a SPECIAL occasion for me to wait over an hour for brunch.
                2. I don't know if flip flops are appropriate, but my go to place is Five Points. I also like Cafe Orlin, the Smith, 7A. Stone Park and Chavella's are tasty, but they're in Brooklyn.
                3. Cafe Orlin
                4. That's tough...maybe Sarabeth's?

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                1. re: kim e

                  I haven't been to Orlin in years. How is their brunch different from and better than their sister restaurant's (Mogador's)?

                  1. re: Pan

                    Mogador's is good, too. Orlin's menu has a slightly more varied menu (huevos rancheros, pumpkin pancakes). I don't have a good answer for you. I didn't love what I ordered at Mogador's (I ordered the Moroccan eggs). The tomato sauce wasn't spicy like the description said and it was a bit watery. I should probably go back and try something else.

                    1. re: kim e

                      I actually like the Moroccan eggs a lot, but I add harissa to them for added spiciness.

                      I'll try Orlin one of these days. Pumpkin pancakes, nice!

                2. 2. and 3. Clinton Street Baking. Much has been raved here about their pancakes, but the other dishes that I've had there also deserve accolades.

                  1. 1. What is your favorites splurge brunch for a special occassion? FIVE POINTS, STANTON SOCIAL
                    2. What is your favorite more low key brunch place- can still be a little pricy, but if I want to go in my jeans and flip flops? GOOD, MARKT
                    3. What is your favorite spot for a great deal for brunch? 7A CAFE
                    4. Any fave spots walking distance to Central park South? 20 minute walk max. CP BOATHOUSE, SARABETH'S, BISTRO CHAT NOIR

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