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brunch recommendations for picky eaters

I'm looking for recommendations for a place to go in NYC for brunch that would have enough options for a group with one person who is a vegetarian and another who is gluten and dairy intolerant. And I need it to have a reliable hashgacha too. Any ideas?? TIA!

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  1. I had a good veggie lunch at the Great American Health Bar on W57th between 5th and 6th last time I was in New York. I don't know how many are in your group. The space is pretty small and it is very casual. http://www.greatamericantogo.com/
    Can you get kosher Dim Sum anywhere in NYC for brunch? That might be another option.

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    1. re: mamaleh

      The only dim sum I know of in NYC is at Buddha Bodai, a vegan place in Chinatown that does not have a universally accepted hechsher. (Neither does Great American Health Bar, for that matter, although it's a different one.)

      It's a tough set of requirements. Noie Due has a few options on their brunch menu that seem like they could easily be gluten- and dairy-free, although you're best off calling them beforehand to check. (Their brunch menu: http://noiduecafe.com/Brunch.html ) Ditto for U Cafe on the UES. (Their brunch menu: http://www.ucafeny.com/index.php?/com... )

      1. re: GilaB

        Thanks for pointing that out about Great American's certification. Did not know. So many certifying bodies and individual rabbis in NYC, hard to keep it all straight as a tourist.

        1. re: mamaleh

          Great American Health Bar has fairly good food but the service is awful and sometimes they demand you pay in cash because their card reader is broken even though the person who paid after you used a card.

    2. I don't know if Milk Street Cafe is what you're looking for, but they certainly have something for everyone

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      1. KV....any chance you can go to Teaneck? I understand MochaBleu does a pretty good job for GF people.

        1. Talia's has a brunch menu. They should have something to meet all the requirements. As would other similar meat options.

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          1. re: avitrek

            If you opt for a meat restaurant, I'd choose Le Marais over Talia's; their menu is here: http://lemarais.net/menus.php

          2. I'll add My Most Favorite on 72nd street, as well- http://www.mymostfavorite.com/ Not incredible (Noidue is probably better), but they take reservations. You'd have to call them, but I think they could do it

            I also think that GilaB may be right about Le Marais being a decent option- harder for a vegetarian on some levels, but they have several dishes that work in that regard and are, of course, dairy free. I'd skip Talia's on general principle.

            In terms of hashgachot, Buddha Bodai and Great American Health Bar are definitely not universally accepted. Of the others mentioned in this thread, Le Marais and My Most Favorite Food are both major, national hashgachot. Noidue is not, but it's a hashgacha on a number of shul lists here in NY, so I'd call it "reliable."

            1. You might want to consider Sacred Chow http://www.sacredchow.com. The hechsher is from Rabbi Zev Schwarcz, who isn't well known, but you can contact him at rabbi@ikckosher.com and make up your own mind as to its reliability. In my opinion it's definitely more reliable than the ones on Buddha Bodai or Great American Health Bar. It's vegan, so both the vegetarian and the dairy intolerant person will be fine, and there are many non-gluten items. And the food is also delicious.

              1. Thanks to all for your suggestions!

                We chose Noi Due. Most of us ordered salads, which were somewhat small for main dishes but very good.

                A word of warning - the brunch pancakes were extremely disappointing. The entire dish consisted of 2 small pancakes (there may have been a little bit of whipped cream, powdered sugar, and a strawberry or two on top). For $12, that was pretty shocking!

                I just heard from a friend that they recently raised their prices, but I'm not sure if this is true.
                All in all, I don't think I'd go back. I think that for a dairy restaurant Va Bene has better quality and similar prices. Shame.