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tursi3214 Jul 27, 2009 07:36 PM

Hey everyone... I just wanted to ask if anyone knows of a really good place on the lower east side to get a great brunch that really combines breakfast and lunch, I would like it to be around Grand street because I would like to double dip and get some donuts at the donut plant... I have some friends coming in from italy and all they want to do is eat... HELP
Thank you

  1. goodhealthgourmet Jul 27, 2009 08:13 PM

    you can start by perusing some of these results to see if anything grabs you...

    http://search.chow.com/search?query=b...

    1. Emmmily Jul 27, 2009 08:18 PM

      I had a great brunch at JoeDoe (1st st btw 1st & 2nd Aves) about a week ago. I got chilaquiles, my aunt's french toast was literally 2 inches thick, and I'm still craving another one of those biscuits with honey butter that came out before the meal. I posted about it here (last paragraph): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/637746
      Their menu has some more lunch-y things as well as the traditional breakfast dishes.

      -----
      JoeDoe
      45 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003

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        tursi3214 Jul 28, 2009 12:26 PM

        How is Essex for brunch or Stanton Social, I have been there for dinner and liked it, has anyone been to any one of these...

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          kathryn Jul 28, 2009 12:41 PM

          Essex: My overall impression is that the food and service is so-so, and it's really crowded/loud, but people go purely for the drink specials.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/586718#4318224

          Stanton Social brunch is good but a little overpriced and you need to take care in what you order. If you order right you can put together a really good meal, but it won't be cheap.

          More reviews:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/454210
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/480275
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/407643
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/45421...

          1. re: kathryn
            kelea Jul 28, 2009 12:47 PM

            I'm with kathryn. Essex is honestly quite terrible in terms of food quality. service is mediocre though the host/hostess are downright unpleasant. However, if all you care about is th free booze, it's perfect.

            Stanton Social is good but definitely adds up quickly

      2. k
        kathryn Jul 27, 2009 08:58 PM

        Breakfast Lower East Side, recs please
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/592743#4379087

        Best brunch in NY:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/598414

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          steakrules85 Jul 29, 2009 07:19 AM

          I was going to say... we should revert to the expert on brunch topics KATHRYN! Haha I knew she would chime in. Her recommendations are truly the best on this board when it comes to breakfast, brunch.

          Clinton Street Bakery is the best as far as I'm concerned. Even though not on the LES Jane is close and is also awesome.

          1. re: steakrules85
            chompchomp Jul 30, 2009 05:41 PM

            Clinton Street Bakery really is great...just be prepared to wait!

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          notsochubbychubette Jul 28, 2009 09:53 AM

          Permanent Brunch
          All brunch all the time.
          http://permanentbrunch.com/

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            kathryn Jul 28, 2009 10:57 AM

            Permanent Brunch is not really close to the Donut Plant, though, and it's above Houston Street, making it the East Village (in modern terms, yes, I know, the EV did not really "exist" a few decades ago).

            1. re: notsochubbychubette
              Emmmily Jul 28, 2009 04:01 PM

              Wow - are they as good as their menu makes them look?

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                kathryn Jul 28, 2009 04:33 PM

                Literally opened this past weekend -- I would give them some time to shake out the issues that come from any recent opening.

                1. re: kathryn
                  kelea Jul 28, 2009 04:43 PM

                  ahh i walked by it this weekend and was shocked that i haven't heard of it. now it makes sense

                  1. re: kathryn
                    Emmmily Jul 29, 2009 06:59 AM

                    Thanks. I'll add them to my list of places to try - those pancakes look amazing.

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                zjc Jul 28, 2009 01:18 PM

                Just had brunch at TRE on Ludlow on Saturday. I, and my 4 out of town guests, loved it. High quality food. Delicious. We ordered (I'm copying from menu on website): UOVA DEL RANCH, INSALATA DI RUGHETTA CON POLLO, and TRE OMELETTE. Simple but very good food. Also I tasted my friend's burger and I swear it was the best I've ever had. Am I crazy? Plus 90 minutes of mimosas, bellinis, etc and friendly service. Definitely recommend. Small room.

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                  tursi3214 Jul 28, 2009 01:30 PM

                  Thank you... my friends are Italian and dont want anything to do with eating italian, dont know whats wrong with them haha... anyone here personally try little giant or fat hippo?

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                    jensterx Jul 31, 2009 07:26 AM

                    Was there room at TRE for a highchair? I'm trying to find a spot for brunch this weekend that won't cringe at a 1 year old but offers a great meal for the adults.

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                    mahler5 Jul 30, 2009 08:19 PM

                    Shopsins, Shopsins, Shopsins, Also Clinton St Bakery.

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                      kathryn Jul 30, 2009 08:58 PM

                      Except if the OP is looking for a Sunday brunch, or has more than 4 people, Shopsin's won't work.

                      And Clinton St. Baking Company is usually a 1.5-2.5 hr wait.

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