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Brunch near First Avenue/51st and Third Avenue/18th ?

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Really specific, huh? I'm hoping to meet two people, two separate brunches - but they're both older people who can't walk far. Previously we've ended up at nearby dull diner-type places.

Any recommendations for places within maybe five blocks that might be a bit more interesting?

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  1. How about La Mangeoire on 53rd Street and Second Avenue and Maialino on 21 Street and Lexington Avenue?

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    La Mangeoire
    1008 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022

    Maialino
    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

    1. 50 and 1st the first thing that came to mind was Financier's at 54 and 1st but I don't think that is the sort of place you want.

      One of the best brunches I have ever had was at Aquavit. 55th and Park so a little farther away but definitely worth it. I get tired of the pancake and egg brunches so this was perfect for me.

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      Aquavit
      65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

      Financier Patisserie
      983 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022

      1. Is ABC Kitchen close enough?

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        ABC Kitchen
        35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

        1. We just went to Ponty Cafe (or Bistro, I can't remember). It's on 3rd between 17th and 18th. Although their waiter called in sick, I like the food a lot. (They're specialty is dinner, though) I would recommend it.

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          Ponty Bistro
          218 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          1. Thanks! I think that Mangeoire and Aquavit are too pricey, but Maialino and Ponty might be doable. I've passed Ponty and made a mental note to try them for dinner, but brunch never occured to me. I've never been to ABC, but I'll take a peek to see what it's like.

            I'm trying to remember whether there's anything at the northernmost part of the East Village...

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            Maialino
            2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

            1. You might like ZeCafe , just east of First @ 52nd Street. Extremely popular within the immediate area; not inexpensive. Beautiful place, as befitting ownership by one of the city's most celebrated florists.

              http://www.zecafe.com/

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              Ze Cafe
              398 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022