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unequalcoyote63 Dec 6, 2011 06:02 PM

I'm planning on going for brunch with a few friends on a sunday about a month from now. I was looking for a dayclub/fun brunch spot with drinks. I've been to Bagatelle, Essex, HK lounge, Penelope and a couple others that i can't remember. We were thinking of Calle Ocho but I'm not sure if its still that good and busy. We're all non-vegetarians so food is not an issue. We're ok with spending about $30-$40 pp. Would really appreciate some help finding a fun spot!

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Penelope
159 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

Calle Ocho
45 W 81st St, New York, NY 10024

Bagatelle
409 W 13th St, New York, NY 10014

Essex
120 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002

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    rk1 Feb 2, 2012 10:22 AM

    Any party/ day club places accommodate kids??? Looking for a lively, fun Sunday brunch place for kids (ages 10-12) with music, dancing, etc.

    Hoping to have brunch b4 a 3pm show. Location/ price are open; will eat anywhere in NYC, and they eat adult food (no kids menus needed).......

    Would a Beauty & Essex be ok?? Not sure if they have music on Sundays, though....

    1. goodhealthgourmet Dec 6, 2011 06:39 PM

      how about Stanton Social?

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      Stanton Social
      99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
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        unequalcoyote63 Dec 6, 2011 06:44 PM

        I've heard about stanton social. Is it more like bagatelle or essex?

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
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          kathryn Dec 6, 2011 08:45 PM

          I think the OP wants something more like this:
          http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/17/fas...

          1. re: kathryn
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            uwsister Dec 7, 2011 01:44 AM

            Oh dear. Poor Slick Rick.

          2. re: goodhealthgourmet
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            Barcelonian Dec 7, 2011 06:34 AM

            I think Stanton Social is a great option - It's probably more like Essex, but you won't find a Bagatelle (now Brasserie Beaumarchais) environment for $30-$40. Along the same lines, I'd recommend Beauty and Essex. I haven't been for brunch but if the crowd at night is any indication of the brunch crowd, it will be entertaining to say the least.

            I've been to Calle Ocho and it has a good vibe - the free, unlimited sangria helps, but the food is nothing more than mediocre. It's cheap and you get unlimited drinks so you decide what your priorities are. There's also Paradou in meatpacking but again, you get unlimited drinks and mediocre food.

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            Stanton Social
            99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

            Paradou
            8 Little West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

            Calle Ocho
            45 W 81st St, New York, NY 10024

            Essex
            120 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002

            Beauty & Essex
            146 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

            Beaumarchais
            409 W 13th St, New York, NY 10014

            1. re: Barcelonian
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              unequalcoyote63 Dec 7, 2011 07:09 AM

              I dont mind spending up to $300 if I can find a place like Brasserie Beaumarchais. But for other brunch places, which aren't that lively/crazy I would like to keep it to $30/40 pp. I was looking at Beauty and Essex as well. I will be in NYC in a couple of weeks and was planning on checking it out. What places would you suggest similar to Brasserie Beaumarchais? Ive heard of Oak Room but nothing else really.

              1. re: unequalcoyote63
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                kathryn Dec 7, 2011 07:28 AM

                The article I linked to has a few Bagatelle-esque options.

                For the best brunch in town, purely based on food
                Breslin
                Clinton St Baking Co
                Prune
                Minetta Tavern
                Locanda Verde

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                Minetta Tavern
                113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                Prune
                54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

                Locanda Verde
                377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

                Clinton Street Baking Co.
                4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

                The Breslin
                20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

                1. re: kathryn
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                  unequalcoyote63 Dec 7, 2011 04:21 PM

                  Ive been to Clinton St Baking Co and I loved it!

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                  Clinton Street Baking Co.
                  4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

                  1. re: kathryn
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                    uwsister Dec 7, 2011 06:05 PM

                    kathryn, I know you really like brunch at Minetta Tavern - do you prefer it to dinner? Which dishes are your favorite? Right away I'm looking at latkes, shirred eggs with truffle, and brioche french toast. Have you had any of them, especially latkes? I've been on a huge latke kick lately, plus I wouldn't mind trying MT for a brunch.

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                      kathryn Dec 7, 2011 07:32 PM

                      I'm much more of a brunch girl than a steak and potatoes girl, so I may not be the best judge of dinner vs lunch.

                      Their brioche French toast is textbook perfect, though, and the salmon on latkes is amazing. Best latkes I've had, though I'm not an expert by any means. The shirred eggs are excellent too, but maybe a little one-note. Still delicious though.

                      I have not tried the black pudding clafoutis yet.

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                      Minetta Tavern
                      113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                      1. re: kathryn
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                        uwsister Dec 9, 2011 07:47 PM

                        Thanks - I am hoping to maybe go this Sunday, right now it's a toss-up between MT and Public.

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                          sheio Feb 2, 2012 03:53 PM

                          Minetta Tavern's black pudding clafoutis is beautiful and well-executed, but you have to really love the taste of blood sausage, as the dish is studded with quite a few large pieces. Mine came to the table hot, with very flaky crust on top that wasn't difficult to cut through. I fished every bite of caramelized apple out of the warm, creamy batter. I enjoyed the clafoutis and agree that the latkes are great but I've decided I'm only ever ordering the Black Label burger from now on!

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                          Minetta Tavern
                          113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                      2. re: kathryn
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                        j.jessica.lee Dec 7, 2011 06:15 PM

                        Has anyone tried the Black Pudding Clafoutis at Minetta? We had the Baked Ham in Hay and Shirred Eggs last time and I was thinking about what else I should try. Kathryn? :)

                        1. re: j.jessica.lee
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                          kathryn Feb 5, 2012 10:28 AM

                          Finally tried the black pudding clafoutis--very good but very filling and overwhelming after a while. I couldn't finish it between the custardy filling, apples, big chunks of blood sausage, and puff pastry. It's a heavy dish, perhaps better shared between two people.

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                          Minetta Tavern
                          113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                  2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                    Motosport Dec 7, 2011 07:23 AM

                    Stanton Social is great fun for a group brunch. Lots of interesting Tapas type offerings that are great for sharing with a group. Fabulous service and nice ambience too!

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                    Stanton Social
                    99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

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