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Brunch in Union Square area?

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

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

    1. Momofuku Ssam Bar / Milk Bar

      The Smith is decent

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        1. re: kobetobiko

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

          1. re: hungrycomposer

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

        2. 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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          1. re: lovestoeat29

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

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

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            1. re: kathryn

              Has anyone been to Apiary for brunch?

              1. re: trishottawa

                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.

              1. re: stephaniec25

                I second that, Irving Mill is lovely

              2. 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.

                1. 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.

                  1. Jack, on University and 11th.