NYC Non-Foodies asking us to pick the restaurant in UES....
We are travelling to NYC in a couple of weeks and would like to meet up with friends who live in the UES. While they aren't fussy eaters they never go out that much nor are they adventurous about finding or trying new places. They've asked us to find the restaurant and we will either meet for brunch/lunch or dinner Saturday April 24th. Since time is short and we are also staying in the UES ourselves I think that is a good area to meet.
Friday night we are at Per Se [so we will get our food fix] and Sunday night we are meeting other friends for dinner at La Bonne Soupe. So, my first thought is brunch on Saturday morning so we can sleep in a bit after Per Se but then still have the rest of the afternoon and evening free. Also, with brunch everyone should be able to find something they like. I had thought of Norma's as we have been there a few times but wasn't too impressed the last couple of times we went. I'm thinking of a great neighbourhood restaurant where we can sit, eat and chat.
I've checked some other sources but find I get the best recommendations from Chowhounders.
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
La Bonne Soupe
48 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019
If budget isn't an issue and another French restaurant would not be overkill for you, Cafe Boulud serves lunch (not brunch) on Saturdays. It is our favorite of 4-star Chef Daniel Boulud's restaurants. The food is superb, service is polished, and the atmospherics are lovely. They start serving at noon, and a quick check of OpenTable shows no problem getting a table for 4 at any time that would be convenient for you.
Photos of our lunch at Cafe Boulud in November can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157622671898305/
Another option is Park Avenue Spring (Summer/Fall/Winter). The Contemporary American cuisine we've had there has been quite good, and the spring decor is very nice. (The menu and decor change 4 times a year according to the season.) We haven't been there since last year (winter and spring menus) and have never had brunch, which is served Saturday and Sunday. Hounds who have been there more recently say that the food remains very good.