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pamela18 Feb 18, 2011 08:12 AM

I need some input on restaurants for dinner and brunch.

For dinner, I have res at Red Rooster - anyone think I should try elsewhere.

For brunch, deciding between Melba's or Kitchenette Uptown. Thoughts? Any other recommendations?

I really appreciate any input.

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Kitchenette Uptown
1272 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027

Red Rooster
310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

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  1. rose water Feb 18, 2011 11:54 AM

    people seem to like red rooster, though i've not been. i'd love to hear about your experience if you go.

    on my one trip to melba's, the food was quite good, but the service was atrocious. i hope my experience is not representative, but i have no interest in returning. it's certainly a nicer space than amy ruth's, which has great food. i've not been to kitchenette in years and years, so can't compare. i'd totally recommend against five & diamond brunch.

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      uwsister Feb 19, 2011 06:47 PM

      re: Five and Diamond,
      Really? What about dinner? I was excited about it opening but have not made it there yet.

      I wouldn't bother w/ Kitchenette personally. I haven't been there since I graduated from CU but a few times I was there I was totally not impressed and thought it was rather overpriced.

      I definitely like Amy Ruth's. Community Food & Juice is a little more South, but they also have very good brunch. Lines can be atrocious though, especially if CU is in session.

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        gutsofsteel Feb 19, 2011 06:57 PM

        There have been personnel changes in the kitchen at Five and Diamond.

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          uwsister Feb 19, 2011 07:02 PM

          Oh - is the chef from Allen & Delancey not there anymore?

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            gutsofsteel Feb 20, 2011 06:41 AM

            Ryan Skeen left in June. David Santos replaced him and then Santos left and was replaced by David Martinez.

            Google is your friend :-)

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              uwsister Feb 20, 2011 07:30 AM

              Yeah, but that's a few extra clicks and I need to conserve the calories.

              Shame, the menu looked great in the beginning. You snooze you lose!

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                rose water Feb 24, 2011 07:35 AM

                when skeene left, they presented santos as the brainchild behind the good stuff,
                but then santos left. i don't really know if they've kept the dinner menu or changed it, but my recent brunch experience (ok food served lukewarm after waiting an eternity, really disrespectful bartender): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7650... really made me think the place had systematic problems.

                another place that hasn't been mentioned on this thread is billy's black. judging from the crowds, it seems to be a very popular neighborhood place for group events. my one meal years ago was ho-hum, and i've not been back, but i'd love to hear others' perspective on the place.

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                  rose water Feb 24, 2011 07:50 AM

                  speaking of david santos, this sounds amazing: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7678...

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          c oliver Feb 23, 2011 10:58 AM

          Does Amy Ruth's serve alcohol? I've only been for breakfast so never noticed.

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          Amy Ruth's
          113 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

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            rose water Feb 24, 2011 07:37 AM

            i don't think so. my memory is of super sweet lemonade.

      2. stephennyc Feb 19, 2011 12:50 AM

        Well Melba's Chicken and Waffles were on Throwndown with Bobby Flay (Bobby lost).

        What about Amy Ruth's?

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        Amy Ruth's
        113 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

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          johnindabronx Feb 24, 2011 07:46 AM

          I like the chicken and waffles at Amy Ruth's better. Good dinner-brunch entrees too. The smothered pork chops and baked salmon are my favorite entrees if I'm not having chicken and waffles or breakfast. . I don't think they serve alcohol either.

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          Amy Ruth's
          113 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

        2. princeofpork Feb 20, 2011 05:21 AM

          Right next door to Red Rooster is Sylvia's.

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          Red Rooster
          310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

          1. Wilfrid Feb 20, 2011 01:02 PM

            Bier International serves brunch. The chef is doing some good work there, at modest prices.

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            Bier International
            2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

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              rose water Feb 20, 2011 06:07 PM

              Not been for brunch, but it's a great place for hot, crisp fries and beer

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              gloriousfood Feb 24, 2011 04:43 PM

              Chez Lucienne, right next to Red Rooster

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              Chez Lucienne
              308 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10027

              Red Rooster
              310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

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