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PedroMF Nov 17, 2010 07:03 AM

I was hoping you all could help me out with a recommendation for a brunch place just south of Central Park around 6th/7th Avenue. I will be going with my dad, girlfriend and girlfriends family who will be staying in a hotel at 57th b/t 6th and 7th. Ideally we would want somewhere that takes reservations on a Sunday Morning and that is not extremely pricey, probably somewhere in the $15 per/person range.

Thanks in advance!

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    InfoMofo Nov 17, 2010 07:22 AM

    Norma's is a classic brunch place right in that area. The big downside is that they don't serve any alcohol, which can be a dealbreaker for some people. It's also a little on the pricey side.

    You're also very close to Petrossian, which has some really interesting items, but they are a little small, and you are going with a party and may have trouble finding seating.

    Sarabeth's Central Park South is probably a safe bet all around. I think that's probably I would go to in that area with your group.

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    182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

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      XerxesAB Nov 17, 2010 07:28 AM

      I think petrossian cafe and sarabeth's will run significantly (25% at least) over $15 per person. Petrossian definitely is closer to $18-22 before tax and tip.

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        kathryn Nov 17, 2010 07:31 AM

        I've never had a good experience at Norma's. Waiting for a table despite a reservation, way too sweet waffles, terrible coffee, overcooked eggs, rubbery seafood.

        Sarabeth's is a good pick (will just be $15 before tax and tip and drinks if you order carefully) and they seem to take reservations only for the early (8am, 9am) hours though, when I tried on OpenTable for a party of 2 just now.

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        XerxesAB Nov 17, 2010 07:23 AM

        If people only order one entree, no apps or drinks, you can do Landmarc at the Time Warner Building. They have brunch and take reservations I believe.

        At that price range, it might be a bit tough to find something since a lot of the restaurants in that area are somewhat pricy. I know there is a La Pain Quotidien on 58th and 7th that is fairly large so you might be able to make it work there. Its a chain so it won't be anything gourmet but it fits your price range and the food is decent.

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          kathryn Nov 17, 2010 07:32 AM

          How big your group is and when/what time this brunch is will greatly influence where you can go.

          Did you mean $15 before tax, tips, drinks? Your price range is definitely going to be challenging in that neighborhood as XerxesAB mentions.

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            PedroMF Nov 17, 2010 07:39 AM

            Thanks for all the suggestions so far, this is helpful. By $15 I suppose I meant entrees in the $15-20 range. Sadly, I don't really think anyone will be drinking, this is more of a meeting of the families than a super social brunch with friends. Essentially I was trying to stay away from a $25 omelet.

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              boredough Nov 17, 2010 08:06 AM

              How about Rue 57 (57th & 6th Ave)? The brunch menu seems to fit your requirements, and they take reservations. Check it out at www.rue57.com

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              Rue 57
              60 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

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