"Quintessential" NYC brunch experience - downtown, sunday, not TOO boozy, 20 year olds
I have a friend in town from DC and want to show him a really "New York" brunch experience. Price isn't a huge object - but no need to break the bank (ie, would like to stay sub $40 if possible).
He's not interested in a massive booze fest (ie - Essex, Sunburnt Cow etc) but we'll likely each have a cocktail or a beer a piece. Looking for good food and atmosphere.
I live in the EV and would prefer to stay south of 14th Street...was initially thinking either Prune or Five Points but wanted to see if anyone had any other ideas? Just not sure either of those really nail the "only in NYC vibe" or are a super unique experience? Maybe I'm setting the bar too high though.
Was also considering Shopsin's, but the wait can just be brutal.
31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012
The Sunburnt Cow
137 Ave C, New York, NY 10009
I'd also consider Clinton St Baking Co., Minetta Tavern, Locanda Verde, maybe Maialino if you are willing to go a tiny bit north, Blue Ribbon Bakery.
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113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
Blue Ribbon Bakery
33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010
hmm...it might help if you define what "only in new york" means to you. i think the long waits and squished space at prune must be unique to new york. the wacky, super long shopsin's menu alone is also a unique experience. and though it's not a sit down space, the exquisite quality stuff at russ and daughter's is a nyc highlight.
Although it's uptown, Barney Greengrass is definitely quintessential NY and some of the best appetizing to be found.
541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
I have been a fan of the pulinos brunch these days. Great drinks also, but ala carte, so not like you will just be slamming endless bloodies.
Stanton Social has an excellent Brunch.
99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002
Little Giant on Orchard and there is Heche en Dumbo if you are in the mood for Mexican. Back forty in East village is a good choice as well.
Union Square Cafe maybe? not really brunch but they do lunch.
85 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002
Maybe too touristy but Pastis is surely the most NY brunch you can get...
9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014