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Apr 4, 2011 08:22 AM

Day-after Wedding brunch spot with the new family??

Does anyone have a suggestion for a midtown brunch spot that would be good to go to with my new wife and our 2 families. My folks are from the UK and are staying in midtown so was looking for something with a New York feel but without being too much of a scene. Traditional American food, not going to break the bank, decent service.

Can anyone help?


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  1. Cafe Boulud....although you'd have to define what you mean by traditional American food.

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

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      While I adore Cafe Boulud and agree it would be an excellent place for a post-wedding brunch, by any definition, the cuisine is not "traditional American." There is, of course, "La Tradition," the menu that focuses on traditional French dishes. And I would describe the other three menus + the menu of daily market specials as international in scope. Currently, "Le Voyage" is featuring Mexican dishes. Their haute interpretations are outstanding.

      The OP did ask for a place in Midtown. C.B. is on the UES though I certainly don't think that should be any deterrent.

      Cafe Boulud photos here:

      and here:

    2. I know there are dissenters on this board, but I've found that visitors are always happy with Brasserie 8 1/2 at 9 W 57th, bet 5th & 6th. It's a buffet brunch, prix fixe which used to be $29. pp, plus tax & tip.

      Brasserie 8 1/2
      9 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

      1. we did a table for 10 at 44 and X on 10th and 44th and it was great- they take reservations, which is key and they had a nice brunch menu. Everyone enjoyed it.

        44 & X
        622 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

        1. Not sure how much it meets your definition of midtown, but we recently did a celebratory brunch at Maialino a few weeks ago and it was outstanding. The location across from gramercy part feels very NYC to me, and the service was well beyond decent, as one would expect from a danny meyer restaurant. Ok, rereading your post i guess its not traditional american food either, but everything we had was really really tasty.

          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

          1. Something with a New York feel is more easily achieved outside of Midtown--can you go to a neighborhood where real NYers live as opposed to where they work (Midtown)?