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Jul 27, 2009 07:36 PM

Brunch Lower East Side

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
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    1. 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):
      Their menu has some more lunch-y things as well as the traditional breakfast dishes.

      45 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: Emmmily

        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...

        1. re: tursi3214

          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.

          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:

          1. re: kathryn

            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

        1. re: kathryn

          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

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

          1. re: notsochubbychubette

            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

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

              1. re: Emmmily

                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

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

                  1. re: kathryn

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

              2. 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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                1. re: zjc

                  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?

                  1. re: zjc

                    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.