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Jul 13, 2011 06:05 AM

Columbus Circle-ish delivery and brunch recs

Hi fellow hounders! My SO and I recently moved to 63rd and WEA from LIC. We were initially excited to get back to the city, decent Indian food (our fave) and brunch options. But we're feeling a bit challenged. Have we traded one culinary wasteland for another? The brunch options seem geared towards the tourist crowd and we find ourselves headed to the 80's come Sunday morning. We do a lot of take-out as well as eat-in. Suggestions for Mexican, Thai, Indian- any menu you covet would be appreciated. As well as brunch options, of course. We would consider any place ten blocks north or south of 63rd. Thanks!

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  1. What are the brunch options that seem "geared towards the tourist crowd" to you? I know that Landmarc, Bouchon, Blue Ribbon Bar & Grill, Petrossian are nearby, more in the Columbus Circle area. More toward's Lincoln Center is Bar Boulud and north of you is Telepan.

    How far east are you willing to walk from WEA?

    Also another CHer reported a good experience at 44 1/2 in Hell's Kitchen a little while ago:

    IIRC others here like Whym, Eatery, and Vynl for brunch in HK, though I can't recall recent reports.

    Bouchon Bakery
    10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

    72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

    Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill
    308 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

    798 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    889 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

    754 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    Bar Boulud
    1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

    182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

    44 1/2
    626 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

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    1. re: kathryn

      Hi Kathryn-

      Thanks for the recs. The touristy places I think of are the ones right across from Lincoln Center. Also P.J. Clarke's- $16 for eggs benedict just isn't happening- We would go as far east as Columbus...And aside from brunch, we're looking for some good local ethnic eats in the 60's and 70's. Wondering what the neighborhood gems are...

      P.J. Clarke's
      44 W 63rd St, New York, NY 10023

      1. re: colette99

        One more possible brunch spot: Fairway Cafe

        I've actually seen numerous threads on here complaining about the UWS in the 60s/70s for lack of good options, especially ethnic.

        Here are some threads that may help, though. Definitely keep your eye on the new Grand Sichuan on the UWS. Maybe Earthen Oven will scratch the Indian food itch?

        Earthen Oven
        53 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

        Grand Sichuan
        307 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

        Fairway Cafe
        2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023