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Best Place to Have Lunch or Brunch on Saturday Feb. 12th?

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elskin Feb 2, 2011 06:13 PM

Hello,

I am looking for the best place to have lunch or brunch on Saturday Feb. 12th? A really nice place with memorable food. Below the 30's, i.e Soho, Chelsea, West Vill./East Vill, Meat packing (even bklyn) are all ok. Any type of cuisine/style is fine. A place that has some sort of Valentine's special is not out of question as this is a couples lunch.

All suggestions welcome.

Thank you in advance!

  1. r
    RGR Feb 2, 2011 07:59 PM

    Tocqueville is one of our favorites. Delicious food, a fine wine list, excellent service, and one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city. The $24.07 3-course lunch prix-fixe offered year round is a steal for cuisine of such high caliber. And the wine pairings for an additional $15 are not too shabby.

    Photos of our lunch at Tocqueville in November: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157625626586975/

    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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      elskin Feb 3, 2011 07:08 AM

      Thank you RGR. It looks very nice! I'm definitely going to consider it.

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        RGR Feb 3, 2011 11:11 AM

        You can dress casually at Tocqueville.

        We have not been to Minetta Tavern or Locanda Verde. But we have been to Maialino many times. Obviously, the earthy Italian cuisine served there is very different from Tocqueville's refined contemporary French. Also, on Saturday, Maialino has a brunch menu rather than the regular lunch menu. In my view, quite a difference. Tocqueville serves its regular lunch menu. Ergo, no breakfast foods. Very different atmospherics as well, i.e., rustic and noisy at Maialino vs. elegant and quiet at Tocqueville.

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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          elskin Feb 3, 2011 11:18 AM

          RGR. I am assuming Maialino is rustic and noisy while Tocqueville is elegant and quiet, or did I get that wrong..? Thanks again.

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          Maialino
          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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            RGR Feb 3, 2011 11:52 AM

            You did read it right, elskin. To be sure it's clear to others as well, I've edited it.

            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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              elskin Feb 3, 2011 12:03 PM

              Ok, thanks for letting me know.

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        buttertart Feb 3, 2011 12:12 PM

        We've also been delighted with lunches at Tocqueville. It is a steal indeed.

      3. k
        kathryn Feb 2, 2011 08:04 PM

        What's your price range? Your request is pretty broad.

        Are you thinking an upscale spot more like Bouley? Or more casual but still very nice brunch at perhaps Maialino, Locanda Verde, Minetta Tavern? Or a proper lunch at Gramercy Tavern's front room? Tocqueville?

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/713062

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

        Minetta Tavern
        113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

        Locanda Verde
        377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

        Maialino
        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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          elskin Feb 3, 2011 07:10 AM

          I kind of didn't have any more specifics to give... I do have a very open mind... That being said, "more casual but still very nice" sounds right. I have not been to either Maialino, Locanda Verde or Minetta Tavern so I don't know what to expect there... but I can certainly look them up.

          Thanks again!

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