Brunch in Manhattan - Close to a subway stop
I haven't spent a lot of time in the city these past few years, so I'm woefully out of touch with what's there. I know there have been many posts on this site about brunch, but I was hoping someone could make things really easy for me.
The people I'm meeting are staying in midtown, just south of Central Park. I have not been too excited by the brunch opportunities in the area, and I was wondering if there are any great brunch spots very close to subway stops along the blue, red or yellow lines. I was going crazy yesterday trying to pair the spectacular places mentioned on these boards up with subway stops. My brain just doesn't work that way.
Unusual is fine as long as there are omelettes and bacon somewhere on the menu.
I don't think we'd mind a subway ride to the Village or uptown.
Any ideas would be appreciated!
I really enjoyed the brunch I had at Bone Lick Park. The food was hearty and delicious southern style food and they had unlimited Bloody's and Mimosa's. Priced completely reasonably too. I think it was $14 for a big portion of great food and unlimited drinks. Also it's located near the 123 line.
Bone Lick Park
75 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014
Tried to keep to your Venn diagram of close to a subway stop. Please check out the $$ on menupages to see if they fall within your constraints. Also, tried to stick to NYC special places that might have an additional feature. 1,2,3: Stone Street (the place, not necessarily the restaurant); one pedestrian block with Irish, Mex, Swedish, Patisserie, and, of course, American. (Exit the 2-3 @ Wall street; two blocks). Keep going on the 1 and exit at South Ferry; walk 100 yrds through the park and you have Battery Gardens, with a great view of the Statue of Liberty. In the middle, @ Franklin street on the 1, there is Walker's, just a gophers hole from the s'way exit. Go the other way, (i.e. North) on the A (8th & 59th) to 194th Street and visit the New Leaf cafe in Fort Tryon Park. (Admittedly, you have to take the elevator and walk 100 yds into the Park, but it is a unique setting). In the middle, @ 79th street, one block to Isabella's.
New Leaf Restaurant & Bar
1 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040
State St and State Plz, New York, NY 10004
Ok, yeah, everything is technically a quick walk. I guess I meant from one of those three lines:) I was kind of hoping to be able to pull a groundhog and pop my head up and see the place.
Cost run, I'm thinking keeping it under $20-$25 per person without any drinks. I would say no reservations as I don't think they want to be held to a schedule. I don't even know one of the people in the party, which makes it tricky picking a place.There will be 3-4 people total.
Kathryn, thanks for your suggestions - I had been searching through your original brunch post for ideas. Found a lot of places I wish I could get to!
How many people, what time of day, and if you require reservations will greatly influence where you should go. That said, near the A/C/E, 1/2/3, and N/R/Q lines downtown, you have a lot of choices.
Locanda Verde - near Canal St A/C/E or Franklin St 1, takes reservations
Minetta Tavern - near West 4th A/C/E or Houston St 1, takes reservations
Blue Ribbon Bakery - Spring St C/E or Houston St 1, reservations only for 5+ people
The Breslin - 28th St N/R, no reservations
Jane - Spring St C/E or Prince St N/R, limited number of reservations, smaller menu on Sat than Sun
Pastis - 14th St A/C/E, takes reservations
City Bakery - Union Sq N/R, cafeteria style but very high quality
Balthazar - Prince St N/R, takes reservations, very popular
Maialino - Union Sq N/R, takes reservations
Cookshop - 23rd St C/E, takes reservations, very popular
Perilla - West 4th A/C/E, takes reservations, menu is smaller than most
9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
Blue Ribbon Bakery
33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010
One of my favorite brunch places near a subway line is Artisanal located at the 33rd St. station on the #6 line (not sure what color it is--NYers do not use colors when referring to subway lines; we use numbers or letters--if you refer to colors and ask people directions, you will get no/incorrect responses). Artisanal is a large brasserie-like restaurant that has a very varied menu. Their specialty is cheese (even has a fromagerie in the restaurant). They also have an excellent selection of wines by the glass. Definitely order their beignets. Their onion soup is wonderful, as are all of the different dishes I've had.
I just went to Artisinal this weekend for brunch when I was in NYC...it was fabulous! I had the Pork Belly Sweet Potato Hash and a Blackberry Mimosa, our group also liked the Almond Croissant French Toast. The beignets were good if you compare them to fresh donuts, but I live in New Orleans and they can't compare to a Cafe DuMonde -type beignet. There was also a Pumpkin Gnocci app that we liked.
My only complaint was the the restaurant is high-ceilinged and LOUD, with tables very close together. I was brunching with some family members I hadn't seen in a while and it was hard for one end of the table (for 6) to hear the other end.