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St. Mark's Place/Astor Place Breakfast/Brunch on a Saturday?

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MermaidCT Dec 13, 2010 10:16 AM

Looking for suggestions for breakfast/brunch around St. Mark's Place/Astor Place - for a Saturday -

thank you!

  1. k
    kathryn Dec 13, 2010 05:25 PM

    Up and down Bowery, you've got:

    Five Points
    The Smith
    DBGB
    Peels
    Faustina

    These all take reservations except for Peels. However, some, like the Smith and Five Points hold a lot of tables for walk-ins.

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

    DBGB
    299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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      julilouie Dec 13, 2010 08:07 PM

      Veselka is literally right off Saint Marks and is a good breakfast brunch spot. Also, check out mud on 2nd and 9th, good eats and great coffee. Both restaurants are withing 2 blocks of St Marks.

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      Veselka
      144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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        kathryn Dec 14, 2010 11:41 AM

        Veselka can get super crowded with a long wait, as well.

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        Veselka
        144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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        tjdnewyork Dec 13, 2010 08:13 PM

        I Like Mogador, on St. Marks.

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          Pan Dec 13, 2010 10:15 PM

          I do, too, but it's super-crowded on Saturdays, unless perhaps you go really early. I find Saturdays a problem around there. One Saturday, everything close to St Marks and 2nd had an hour wait or more, except for Baoguette.

          Does Mogador take brunch reservations?

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            ukitali Dec 14, 2010 08:24 AM

            My favorites in that area are Belcourt, Cafe Orlin and Virage.

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            Cafe Orlin
            41 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

            Belcourt
            84 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

            Virage
            118 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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              Pan Dec 14, 2010 01:11 PM

              I haven't been to Belcourt yet. Orlin is good, though I prefer Mogador, under the same ownership. Virage is really nothing, as far as I'm concerned, based on at least three tries. I have friends who love it, but I find their food perfectly unobjectionable but totally anonymous and uninteresting. I respect your opinion, but mine has tended to be that their success is chiefly due to location.

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                ukitali Dec 15, 2010 07:31 AM

                I agree that Virage is nothing out of the ordinary but they have a good selection, decent prices and the location is convenient as you said. The Moroccan breakfast and french toast are pretty decent.

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              tjdnewyork Dec 14, 2010 12:25 PM

              True enough about the crowds, though the poster did say breakfast/brunch and I think that almost everywhere in the neighborhood, if it is open for breakfast, doesn't get really busy until brunch time, even on a Saturday.

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            tazerowe Dec 15, 2010 04:23 AM

            If you want an old-school neighborhood breakfast, go to B&H Dairy on 2nd Ave at St Marks. Tiny and casual, but great food and people. More diner-like than a leisurely brunch, however.

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            B&H
            127 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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              Pan Dec 15, 2010 01:31 PM

              The problem with B&H is that while their blintzes are excellent, their pierogies are not good. What items do you recommend, other than the blintzes?

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                gort Dec 16, 2010 10:38 AM

                I love the B&H Special omelet with a side of kasha and gravy. The egg sandwiches on challah and the matzo brei are also good.

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                B&H
                127 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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                  Pan Dec 16, 2010 06:04 PM

                  Thanks, gort. What's in the special omelet?

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                    gort Dec 17, 2010 05:53 AM

                    Onions, peppers, chopped tomato and mushrooms. I usually add spinach, as well.

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                  tazerowe Dec 17, 2010 04:27 AM

                  Really, the challah is the key, so I go with an egg sandwich or omlet. The French toast is good as well.

              2. kelea Dec 15, 2010 05:45 AM

                I love La Palapa! never had an issue getting a rez there

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                La Palapa
                77 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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                  sgordon Dec 17, 2010 06:46 AM

                  2nd La Palapa - great Mexican, not cookie-cutter, they do some interesting regional dishes.

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                  La Palapa
                  77 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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