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Nov 5, 2010 07:37 AM

Decent brunch places in the west 70s without a wait? HELP!!!

Hi all-

my better half is running the marathon this year, as he has in years past. the one thing that matters for our post marathon brunch/lunch?! we don't live on the upper west side, so this usually ends up but.

the marathon is on sunday every year, and sunday usually means, long waits at the big places.

so i'm looking for a restaurant which serves either normal brunch/pasta but is not a hotspot--aka we'd get a table easily at 1230/1. a decent, under the radar dependable place.

it doesn't need to be amazing. just good, and fairly simple and easy-going.

any recommendations would be much appreciated!! cheers

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  1. Assuming you're not planning on making a reservation and just winging it, I'd recommend the Fairway Café (Broadway btw 74th/75th - upstairs). I think it qualifies as "under the radar" but any restaurant might have a wait on (marathon) Sunday.

    1. You're right: Brunch can be completely nuts on Sunday. Decent, less crowded places include Turkuaz (Turkish), Bodrum (Mediterranean), Cafe con Leche (Dominican). You could also try La Vela for fresh pastas.

      2637 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

      Cafe con Leche
      424 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

      584 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024

      La Vela
      373 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

      1. Niko's, Bway/76. Not perfect, but serviceable and big enough not to be crowded (usually).

        Me, I'm going to do my best to get as far away from Manhattan on Sunday as I can......