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Jan 11, 2010 06:15 PM

Meet the Parents Brunch

Looking for a place for my parents to meet my fiancee's father for the first time for Sunday brunch: somewhere relatively quiet, not too trendy, casual, and somewhat inexpensive ($25-30 pp before drinks). Any cuisine would work; no one in the group is too picky. Location is also not a concern, though I would prefer somewhere below midtown. Obviously, deliciousness is a priority -- I'd like everyone to be happy about the food as well as the company. So far, I've considered Perry St., Craftbar (although I don't know if the atmosphere is really right and I've read on CH that the food leaves something to be desired), Five Points (but all booked up), or Balthazar.

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  1. how about Perilla or Stanton Social? i've seen numerous brunch recs on the board for both places when the request is for good food in a relatively quiet setting.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I did think of Perilla -- you think the food would be better there than, say, Perry St.?

      I think small plates with an emphasis on sharing can be a little awkward with people you're meeting for the first time, so I think Stanton Social is not what I'm looking for.

      1. re: ssfreshmeadows

        No, the food at Perilla will not be as good as at Perry St. I love Perilla, but for dinner, not brunch. Though the food is perfectly acceptable the choices are limited (only 3 items are not breakfast food), and there are no appetizers. Perry St. has an extensive menu that includes both breakfast and lunch type dishes, and you can choose any of them as your first and second courses. The desserts are great too.

    2. 100 acres is nice for a group. I took 6 friends there last week for brunch and everyone was pleased. Also Jo's is nice and quite. Check Open Table for reservations and good luck!

      1. L'Ecole at the French Culinary Institute is very reasonably priced and the food is great:

        1. How about Cookshop? Also Cleaver Company in the Chelsea Market is a fun place to eat and to walk around after.
          Have fun!

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          1. re: JeremyEG

            Cookshop has a fantastic brunch. I definitely agree with that rec.

            Balthazar is good but very loud for brunch so maybe not what you are looking for.

            1. re: stephaniec25

              Cookshop Bloody Mary is also really wonderful. I had never had one there until about a week ago. Delicious.

              1. re: JeremyEG

                Thanks for the rec; I just made a reservation at Cookshop. How casual is the dress code for brunch? If I show up in jeans, Chucks, and a nice sweater will anyone look at me askance?

                1. re: ssfreshmeadows

                  Seems ok re: Cookshop which to me looked like a very nice upscale coffeeshop. But -- will it be right for the meet-the-parent part of the event?

                  1. re: yebo

                    To be honest, I don't think I'd be marrying into the family if it weren't.

                    1. re: ssfreshmeadows

                      The decor is a bit "industrial chic" so be forewarned that it can get quite loud in there due to all the reflectic surfaces. But, yes, it is very casual for brunch.

          2. Try Compass. Great brunch, good service, fixed price is under $30 and the atmosphere is civilized - just the thing for diffusing any tension. Meeting the in-laws can be nerve-wracking.