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CHEAP Birthday Brunch for a Group this Saturday

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kzekas Apr 7, 2010 08:33 AM

Hello hounders!

I am looking for a brunch place this weekend in Manhattan. For some reason I am having trouble though I only have two requirements.

1. It's a group of 9-10 for a (my) birthday brunch.
2. I want to go as cheap as possible without going to a diner.

Any hidden gems that have a set brunch for maybe $10 or $12 a person (including coffee)? I realize this is probably impossible, but if you have any ideas, please let me know! Location is not really an issue (though union square is the area we are all in.)

Thanks so much!

-Kelly

  1. k
    kzekas Apr 7, 2010 01:17 PM

    anyone?

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      m
      mch Apr 7, 2010 01:24 PM

      blockheads, ps 450, nolita house, poco, il bastardo to name a few.

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        k
        kzekas Apr 7, 2010 01:58 PM

        I'm definitely going to call 450, that looks wonderful!

    2. b
      bkfan16 Apr 7, 2010 01:23 PM

      Shake Shack and hang out in Washington Square Park. That might even be pushing the $10 limit!

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      Shake Shack
      Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

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        k
        kzekas Apr 7, 2010 01:59 PM

        Love Shake Shack. Looking for something a little bit more occasion-ish for this meal, but thank you!!

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        Shake Shack
        Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

      2. Jess321 Apr 7, 2010 01:31 PM

        Dojo has an around-$10 brunch special that includes coffee AND a cocktail...pretty decent portion sizes too!

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        Dojo
        14 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

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          k
          kzekas Apr 7, 2010 02:01 PM

          I go to NYU so I know Dojo, but I didn't think of it for brunch! That's a wonderful suggestion - sooo cheap!

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          Dojo
          14 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

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          kathryn Apr 7, 2010 01:53 PM

          Your group size will definitely limit your options but if I recall correctly, the prices at 'inoteca at brunch do include coffee/juice. In any case, the paninos are gently priced.

          Cafe Orlin or Mogador are also possibilities.

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          Cafe Orlin
          41 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

          'inoteca
          323 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

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            k
            kzekas Apr 7, 2010 01:58 PM

            Cafe Orlin looks wonderful, thank you so much, I will definitely check it out.

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            Cafe Orlin
            41 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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              k
              kzekas Apr 7, 2010 06:38 PM

              no one is accepting reservations, any other ideas??

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                k
                kathryn Apr 7, 2010 06:44 PM

                You didn't say you needed a place that took reservations. :)

                If you need a place that MUST take reservations, the price point is typically higher.

                Not accepting reservations means they can turn the table faster and get more people in and out.

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                  k
                  kzekas Apr 8, 2010 03:27 PM

                  good point, I just assumed that with a large group I should have one. but the number is going down all the time *sigh* haha thanks for everyone's help!

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            kzekas May 2, 2010 07:37 AM

            We went to PS 450 and had a wonderful time. They had our reservation only 2 days in advance, a quiet, large table in the back (they even had place cards with the event's name on it which was quite unexpected for such a relatively cheap brunch) and were absurdly friendly, letting us sit for almost three hours and gave us no indication we needed to leave. mch, thank you so much for the recommendation!

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            PS 450
            450 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016

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