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Sunday Brunch near The Met Museum please

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Trader54 Jan 5, 2011 07:20 AM

My girlfriend and I are looking to book somewhere nice for our last meal before flying home.
We want to eat at 1:30pm,so somewhere that takes bookings will be good.
Thanks in advance.

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    fm1963 RE: Trader54 Jan 5, 2011 07:29 AM

    Centolire on 85th and Madison Ave., or The Wright at the Guggenheim on 88th and Fifth Ave.

    1. Spiritchaser RE: Trader54 Jan 5, 2011 07:31 AM

      Do you need it Sat or Sun? Does price matter? Check out Cafe Boulud.

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      Cafe Boulud
      20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

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        kathryn RE: Trader54 Jan 5, 2011 07:32 AM

        For something more upscale, Cafe Boulud.

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        Cafe Boulud
        20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

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          City Kid RE: Trader54 Jan 5, 2011 09:15 AM

          Third Cafe Boulud, perfect! I have never been to Centolire, but have not heard good things about it, i.e., inflated prices for so-so food and service. If you are interested in something a bit more informal, Cafe Alsace is very good.

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            Trader54 RE: City Kid Jan 5, 2011 01:21 PM

            Thanks to all....I had Café Boulud as a possible..will go there for sure!

          2. TravellingFoodie RE: Trader54 Jan 5, 2011 03:54 PM

            Café Sabarsky 1048 Fifth Ave., nr. 86th St.

            If you have not made up your mind, this is an option near the Met Museum. A friend whose taste I admire has eaten here and you may want to check it out.

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              gutsofsteel RE: TravellingFoodie Jan 5, 2011 03:57 PM

              Cafe Sabarsky does not take reservations for lunch.

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              Cafe Sabarsky
              1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                TravellingFoodie RE: gutsofsteel Jan 5, 2011 04:15 PM

                How about brunch on weekends? Or what would the wait be?

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                  Riverman500 RE: TravellingFoodie Jan 5, 2011 04:18 PM

                  No reservations for lunch on weekends (there is no brunch, just breakfast and lunch). The wait can be quite long at 1:30 pm, when the OP wants to dine. Otherwise, Cafe Sabarsky is indeed a nice place.

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                    gutsofsteel RE: TravellingFoodie Jan 5, 2011 04:22 PM

                    They only take dinner reservations. The wait during the day on the weekends can be long.

                    Also they do not serve "brunch." They serve breakfast until 11am and then the menu is the same from 11am on. You can read the menu on their website.

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                      TravellingFoodie RE: gutsofsteel Jan 5, 2011 05:10 PM

                      Ok, great to check their website or call.

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                jinthek RE: Trader54 Jan 5, 2011 07:07 PM

                Eat in the Petrie Court in the Museum. or go up to the 4th floor to the
                Patrons Dining room. both romantic rooms and atmosphere.

                the UES is not know for many nice decent restaurants. good luck.

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                Petrie Court Cafe
                1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                  TravellingFoodie RE: jinthek Jan 6, 2011 09:46 AM

                  I believe you would need to be a Patron Donor of the Met in order to dine in the Patron's Dining Room.

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                    jinthek RE: TravellingFoodie Jan 8, 2011 09:21 AM

                    Not so, you can elegantly dine in the Trustees Dining room id you are a member at any level.
                    It is a rare treat!! and the food is good though $$$.

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                      TravellingFoodie RE: jinthek Jan 8, 2011 01:49 PM

                      Thanks for the update.

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                    kathryn RE: jinthek Jan 6, 2011 04:14 PM

                    The food is not worth it at the Petrie Court. Service is terrible. I also don't like eating at places that print "it is customary to leave a tip" in multiple languages on the bill.

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                    Petrie Court Cafe
                    1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                      jinthek RE: kathryn Jan 8, 2011 09:17 AM

                      ''It is customary to leave a tip" is obviously stated for visitors, accustomed to "Servis Compris" to kindly LEAVE A TIP.
                      Nobody asked about nice food, though the food is beautifully presented. Can't beat the NICE views, NICE room and very NICE statues !!!!.

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                        kathryn RE: jinthek Jan 8, 2011 09:22 AM

                        Is it really necessary to print it on the bill in FIVE DIFFERENT languages? I found it gauche.

                        I prefer servers to make eye contact and look in our general direction when taking orders (ours didn't) and to set the table properly (ours was missing utensils) and to give us utensils when asked (took about 20 minutes).

                        I would never recommend a restaurant on Chowhound where I found the food to be mediocre. YMMV.

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                          gutsofsteel RE: kathryn Jan 8, 2011 10:42 AM

                          Of course it's necessary in multiple languages. It's an international tourist destination.

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                            kathryn RE: gutsofsteel Jan 8, 2011 01:51 PM

                            I dunno, the whole vibe of our lunch there was that they could give a damn about anybody they were serving. I feel bad for tourists who are receiving shitty service and tipping 15% on it.

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                              gutsofsteel RE: kathryn Jan 8, 2011 02:11 PM

                              I feel bad for anybody who receives shitty service. But I still think the multiple languages in tourist destinations is a good thing. I wish there were much more of that in NYC.

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                                hal2010 RE: kathryn Dec 27, 2011 05:11 PM

                                Had lunch at Petrie Court Cafe today. The service was fine, the food was competent and the prices were ridiculous. $8 for a bottle of still water, $10 for soup, $15 for a glass of average wine. Cost us $165 for 3 people.

                                The bill had the tip worked out for you below the price, at 15, 18, and 20 percent , calculated AFTER tax. It was pleasant meal and convenient, but I couldn't help but think that about a third of the cost was a donation to the museum.

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                                Petrie Court Cafe
                                1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                              jinthek RE: kathryn Jan 8, 2011 04:45 PM

                              please, what is YMMV?

                              and can you please suggest a couple of restaurants that illustrate your level of good food and good service..
                              (in NYC) any category will do. thanks

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                                MMRuth RE: jinthek Jan 8, 2011 05:07 PM

                                "Your mileage may vary."

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                                  jinthek RE: MMRuth Jan 10, 2011 07:24 PM

                                  thanks mmruth. Now I am more confused. lol

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                                  kathryn RE: jinthek Jan 8, 2011 05:16 PM

                                  Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, Ma Peche, Joseph Leonard, Jeffrey's Grocery, Craft, Kyo Ya, Vandaag, Otto (at the bar the bartenders are like psychics), Maialino, Minetta Tavern, Motorino (East Village), Blue Ribbon Bakery, Scarpetta, WD-50, Esca....

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                                  WD-50
                                  50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

                                  Eleven Madison Park
                                  11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

                                  Gramercy Tavern
                                  42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

                                  Minetta Tavern
                                  113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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

                                  Esca
                                  402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

                                  Kyo Ya
                                  94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                                  Scarpetta
                                  355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                                  Joseph Leonard
                                  170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

                                  Maialino
                                  2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

                                  Ma Peche
                                  15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

                                  Motorino
                                  349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                                  Vandaag
                                  103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                                  Jeffrey's Grocery
                                  172 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

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                            MMRuth RE: jinthek Jan 6, 2011 06:25 PM

                            It's not that bad!

                            Square Meal might also fit the bill.

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                            Square Meal
                            30 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

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                            ecolnago RE: Trader54 Jan 6, 2011 05:24 PM

                            As 'nice' is a relative thing, I'll throw the Central Park 'Boathouse' as an option to consider. You'll no doubt find swankier places to eat, but this is very easy to get to from the Met. Our brunch here was a very pleasant experience. Pretty good food, reasonable price & nice views.

                            Todd

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                              bronwen RE: Trader54 Jan 7, 2011 09:32 AM

                              The Carlyle isn't too far away and has a great Sunday brunch and will take a reservation.

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