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Brunch in Union Square area?

mcjays Apr 15, 2009 09:37 AM

Can anyone recommend brunch places around Union Square? I'm tired of Friend of Farmer and Chat 'n Chew.

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    sea97horse Apr 17, 2009 09:20 AM

    Jack, on University and 11th.

    1. financialdistrictresident Apr 17, 2009 04:31 AM

      Danal and Coffee Shop are my favorite brunch places in the area. I'm NOT a fan of Friend of Farmer, though the atmosphere is charming and country.

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        kim e Apr 15, 2009 02:46 PM

        Taralucci e Vino next to Rosa has good sweet dishes/pastries. I'm not in love with their egg dishes. Blue Water Grill was horrific last time we went....like worst than most diners (lukewarm coffee, fully cooked poached eggs on my eggs benedict, non-toasted english muffin, oblivious waiter, etc). I usually end up at The Smith nowadays.

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          stephaniec25 Apr 15, 2009 01:08 PM

          Irving Mill

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            rondaj Apr 15, 2009 01:12 PM

            I second that, Irving Mill is lovely

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            kathryn Apr 15, 2009 01:02 PM

            Some CHers like Craftbar. Oh, and Apiary just started serving brunch, that might be option.

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              trishottawa Apr 15, 2009 01:19 PM

              Has anyone been to Apiary for brunch?

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                Lucia Apr 15, 2009 07:46 PM

                Yes. Was fine, but nothing exciting. My eggs were bland. My friends' salmon benedict were salty, according to one friend, and good, according to the other. Te nice thing was the calm environment, especially in light of the crowds at The Smith across the Street. I really like the brunch at The Smith, but it's very frenetic.

                Markt and Petite Abeille are reliable.

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              lovestoeat29 Apr 15, 2009 11:38 AM

              I recently went to Friend of a farmer on Gramercy and it was delicious, charming and affordable. Food was plated on rott iron skillets and coffee in individual french press caraffs. Very very cute place. It was only 2 of us and we were seated quite fast on a Saturday morning at around 11 am. By the time we left their was a line out the door. Just fyi.

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                small h Apr 15, 2009 01:14 PM

                You might want to read the OP a bit more carefully.

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                kobetobiko Apr 15, 2009 11:38 AM

                Momofuku Ssam Bar / Milk Bar

                The Smith is decent

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                  LeahBaila Apr 15, 2009 12:28 PM

                  Second these.


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                    hungrycomposer Apr 15, 2009 08:08 PM

                    What do you order at The Smith? As close as it is, I've never been there - the menu looked a little generic.

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                      Lucia Apr 16, 2009 07:31 PM

                      I like their eggs benedict varieties, esp the chicken eggs + sausage. Their menu is generic, but most brunch menus are...

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                    lildiss73 Apr 15, 2009 09:45 AM

                    the coffee shop is my favorite and blue water grill is good for a high end brunch.

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