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Jul 8, 2010 09:40 AM

Brunch rec?

Will be in Manhattan on a Sunday in late August--what do NYC Chowhounds recommend in terms of brunch? As in...somewhere it's worth making reservations for, now (assuming this is possible...)?
We'll be staying on W 50th near 8th, but pretty much all of Manhattan is, as it were, our oyster.
Price range? no object.
Style? no particular limits.
cuisines? other than "not sushi," we're pretty darned open.
Thanks? many, in advance

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    1. re: Phil Ogelos

      I did actually start to read that post before posting. lot of info; impressive work.

      1. re: chairbc

        Isn't Kathryn wonderful, chairbc? She's the doyenne of this site,
        and in a more perfect world, be made the Empress of Ice Cream.

    2. No one will agree but I think The Water Club on 30th is an outstanding restaurant with great views, good food, good service and grand atmosphere. I have always had an enjoyable visit there. There's something about dining on the water that makes your meal more enjoyable. I hope you enjoy your trip. Good luck.

      The Water Club @ The East River at 30th St., New York, NY 212 - 683 - 3333.

      EDITED...Thanks RGR. The Water Club website menu states you can serve yourself or your waiter will serve you. Sorry about the mistake on the others. Can you give the OP some good ideas so I can add it to my future plans for weekend brunch. Where's your favorite. I know you have one. What about Maialino? Or what about Craft Bar. Thanks.

      Maialino @ 2 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 212 - 777 - 2410.

      The Water Club
      500 E 30th Street, New York, NY 10016

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      1. re: Littleman


        FYI. Daniel and Le Bernardin do not serve brunch. Daniel does not serve lunch. Period. Le Bernardin serves lunch Mon.-Fri. Jean Georges serves lunch (not a brunch menu) Mon.-Sat. As for Gramercy Tavern, the dining room serves lunch Mon.-Fri. (no brunch on the weekend), while the Tavern Room is open seven days a week and serves the same menu (no brunch menu on the weekend) at all times.

        As for the Water Club, I can't agree or disagree since we've never been there. But I can say with assurance that I will never go there for brunch because it's a buffet, and I detest buffets.

        1. re: RGR

          Go there for lunch one day and check it out. You will be surprised.

      2. Prune, as many will tell you, is great - but it's no reservation. Be prepared for a wait.

        Other brunches I've had over the last year or so that I've been quite happy with, in no particular order:
        Double Crown
        The Sunday Smorgasbord at Aquavit (do they still do that?)

        Probably of the above Savoy, Craftbar and JoeDoe (especially the corned duck hash) stood out the most.

        If you're willing to venture to Brooklyn:
        River Cafe

        65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

        70 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

        900 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

        200 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

        45 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003

        Double Crown
        316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

        117 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

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        1. re: sgordon

          The Savoy website does not have a brunch menu. Lunch but not brunch.

          1. re: Littleman

            Hmm. Maybe they only did it for a short time? It was maybe last summer last time I was there for brunch, but maybe it was just the regular lunch menu. I'll have to look next time I walk by.

            1. re: sgordon

              Acc. Savoy's website (See under "General Info."), they do not serve brunch.


          2. re: sgordon

            "The Sunday Smorgasbord at Aquavit (do they still do that?)"

            Yes, they do.


            Normally, I detest buffets and avoid them like the proverbial plague. However, I made an exception for Aquavit's smorgasbord. The array of herrings was amazing. All were delicious, as were the various salmons. There was a very good hot soup (iirc, acorn squash) and some decent salads. The hot dishes were mediocre. Sadly, that included the Swedish meatballs which were seriously delicious when we had them at the AQ Cafe in the Scandanavia House. Nothing on the dessert table tempted me.

          3. locanda verde and mailano have both gotten terrific write ups on brunch recently.

            1. Best Breakfast and Brunch in Manhattan, 2010 Version

              Out of those, I'd have to say that my favorites lately have been Locanda Verde, Shopsin's, Clinton Street Baking Company (but only on weekdays), Prune (though the wait can be killer -- you can't wait inside and there's very little shade on that block), Five Points, Blue Ribbon Bakery, and Minetta Tavern (great atmosphere, great food, great service, but a bit overpriced). Had a very nice one at the Breslin recently as well. Haven't tried Maialino, Faustina, or Colicchio & Sons yet, but they're on my list. YMMV of course given your preferences regarding certain dishes and menu offerings (savory vs sweet, lunchy vs breakfasty).

              Minetta Tavern
              113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

              Five Points
              31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

              Blue Ribbon Bakery
              33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

              Locanda Verde
              377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

              The Breslin
              20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

              2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

              Colicchio & Sons
              85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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              1. re: kathryn

                I forgot Five Points! Glad you brought it up. Also, both of their sister restaurants - Hundred Acres and Cookshop - have highly recommendable brunches as well.

                Faustina was a little underwhelming, I thought. I'm awful fond of Conant, but for whatever reason Faustina just wasn't gelling for me.

                Five Points
                31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

                Hundred Acres
                38 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012