Not too expensive brunch, walking distance to Central Park
I'm looking for a not too pricey brunch within walking distance to Central Park for an after bruch stroll. Preferably someplace that affords nearby parking, where I could park once for both.
Cental Park takes in *a lot* of territory. Do you want to be on the east side or the west side? And which street are you planning to use to enter the park?
Same restaurant group, great brunch (same menu I think as Isabella's and Atlantic Grill on the eastside) and VERY reasonable a block away is Ocean Grill -- one of my all-time favorite brunch places. One big advantage: they take reservations!
Can't advise on parking but it's pretty congested there...a couple of garages on 76th St., I believe, between B'way and Amsterdam.
UWS brunch options:
Long lines/ more casual
Sarabeth's (like your grandmother's nicer country home)
Good Enough to Eat (country, homey, kitschy)
Barney Greengrass (straight out of the 70s, specialty is smoked salmon)
EJ's Luncheonette (diner)
Kitchenette (a bit further north)
Fairway Cafe (inexpensive, not the best for "atmosphere")
Nice Matin (french brasserie)
Calle Ocho (Latin, drink special)
Reservations accepted/more upscale
Ouest (French brasserie)
RIP The Neptune Room.
Not sure about parking, but Amy Ruth's (116th and Lennox Ave) has great southern/soul food 7 blocks north of the top of the park.