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Where would you go for Sunday Brunch in Manhattan?

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  1. I like Maialino and Toloache. For actual lunch, The Modern Bar Room.

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    Toloache
    251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

    The Modern
    9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

    Maialino
    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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    1. re: Cheeryvisage

      Thank you so much for your suggestions

      1. re: Cheeryvisage

        have you ever had lunch at Modern diningroom? if so, do you still recommend the bar room?

        1. re: Monica

          The OP wants to do Sunday brunch. Unfortunately, The Modern Dining Room isn't open on Sundays. If it had been a weekday and if the OP didn't mind a more formal atmosphere, I'd definitely recommend the Dining Room over the Bar Room.

        2. re: Cheeryvisage

          Cheeryvisage, which lunch dishes do you recommend the most at the Bar Room at the Modern?

          http://themodernnyc.com/_pdfs/_menus/...

        3. Love love love brunch at Capsouto Freres. They specialize in souffles, both savory and sweet, but that's not all that's great about their brunch menu. ;)

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          Capsouto Freres
          451 Washington St, New York, NY 10013

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          1. re: ChefJune

            ChefJune, you got me @ souffles...I can't wait to try it!

          2. For the best brunch in town, purely based on food:

            Breslin - lamb burger with thrice fried fries, deep fried PB&J, full English breakfast, grilled 3-cheese sandwich (with cheese on the outside), excellent bacon, great pastries

            Clinton St Baking Co - blueberry pancakes with warm maple butter, biscuit sandwich with cheddar, egg, tomato jam, and bacon

            Prune - dutch baby, deep fried monte cristo, "prune juice" (lemon, orange, lime, and grapefruit)

            Shopsin's - sliders, sneaky pete, mac and cheese pancakes, maple glazed donuts, blisters on my sisters, slutty cakes, swine blues pancakes (blueberry bacon), orange julius, milkshakes

            Minetta Tavern - black label burger, ham baked in hay, shirred eggs with morels or truffles, latkes with poached eggs, brioche french toast, duck hash

            Locanda Verde - "tre-stelle" juice (pomegranate, blood oranges and valencia oranges), sheep's milk ricotta with truffle honey and burnt orange toast, pastries, poached eggs with cotechino hash, spinach and tomato hollandaise, shaved porchetta sandwich

            Of the list I provided, Minetta Tavern & Locanda Verde take reservations, the others don't.

            Shopsin's also doesn't take parties larger than 4, everyone must order a meal, no allergies/substitutions, but they do have some vegetarian options on the menu. Cash only.

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            Shopsin's General Store
            120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

            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

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            1. re: kathryn

              I think the Breslin is a top 10 brunch of all the places I've been nationwide and Shopsin's is absolutely an "Experience" worth having at least once.

              http://endoedibles.com

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              Shopsin's General Store
              120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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

              1. re: uhockey

                I'd love to try the Beslin's lamb burger, but I'm reluctant to go because (a) I'm not sure if the ambiance would appeal to me, and (b) they don't take reservations.

                As for Shopsin's, I have not one iota of interest in eating there. Definitely not my kind of place.

                http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                1. re: RGR

                  I am dying to try that lamb burger as well. I'm sure I'll get around to it now that its near new 'hood.

                2. re: uhockey

                  The french toast/pancake options have gotten even nuttier at Shopsin's. They keep changing the menu, I can't keep up! Now there's carbonara (bacon, ham, pasta, pecorino) pancakes and also mac’n cheese and fried chicken pancakes.

                  And 4 types of Slutty Cakes:
                  original (pumpkin, peanut butter, pistachios, cinnamon)
                  iran (banana, pistachio butter, peanuts, brown sugar)
                  malay (kaya, peanut butter, cashews, blackberry glaze)
                  egypt (chocolate, peanut butter, marshmallow, banana)

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                  Shopsin's General Store
                  120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

                  1. re: kathryn

                    RGR - go early on any day of the week and The Breslin is mostly empty, quiet, and the servers are quite friendly (albeit tattooed and quirky in a "hey bro, what can I get ya" kind of way. The food is seriously worth it.

                    Kathryn, Haha - wow. Have to say the carbonara sounds great. Black pepper included?

                    For me I enjoyed listening to him hassel the hipsters as much as I enjoyed the food.

                    I wish your city's baked goods scene wasn't so fantastic so I could commit to more brunches. As it stands I'm stuck deciding between Public, Red Rooster, Buttermilk Channel, The Dutch, and Prune with only 2 days. I'd do Minetta for one but the Brandade is a must and it is apparently only on the dinner menu, though there does appear to be a salt cod dish on the breakfast menu I just can't get an idea of exactly what it is.

                    http://endoedibles.com

                    1. re: uhockey

                      I have nothing against servers with tattoos, and I'm fine a casual attitude as long as service is attentive. Mostly empty and quiet would be great, but...

                      When you say "go early on any day of the week," I'm not interested in midweek breaKfast.

                      Brunch starts at 7 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. We usually eat brunch between 11 and noon. I can't imagine the Breslin isn't busy then.

                      I see that lunch is served until 4 p.m. We sometimes want a place where we can have a late lunch between 2:30 and 3. Maybe that would be a good time to go. .

                      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                      1. re: RGR

                        Yeah - I went at 8 or 9am I believe. By 11:00 I gather they'd be hoppin'.

                        And, for the record I have nothing against tattoos or people who use the word bro - but just to convey the difference between The Breslin and, say, Maialino.

                        In other news, I can't believe Capsouto Freres doesn't get more attention. That menu looks seriously delicious.

                        http://endoedibles.com

                        1. re: uhockey

                          We had dinner at Capsouto Freres once back in the 90's. J. was with us. It was a cold, windy evening, and we walked some distance to the restaurant from where we parked the car.

                          As best as I can recall, the food was very good. They are known for their soufflés so, of course, we each had one, and they were delicious. Very attractive interior as well.

                          Until now, I hadn't looked at the menu in a long time. It does have a lot of appealing dishes on it, including cassoulet, Mr. R.'s favorite and duck with cassis sauce, which always gets my attention.

                          Adding it to my "return to" list.

                          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                          Capsouto Freres
                          451 Washington St, New York, NY 10013

                          1. re: RGR

                            I'm sure you read about Benoit's cassoulet?

                            http://endoedibles.com

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                            Benoit
                            60 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

                            1. re: uhockey

                              Yes, I did read about Bertineau's induction into the cassoulet hall of fame. We had dinner at Benoit not long after it opened. I think Betineau is now the third chef to helm the kitchen there. Mr. R. had cassoulet, but it was the Jean-Jacques Rachou version. Although Rachou wasn't Benoit's e.c. at the time, he was in the kitchen part-time doing a couple of his classic dishes. The space that Benoit occupies was formerly home to Rachou's La Côte Basque and his subsequent Brasserie LCB. We will definitely have to go back to Benoit for the Bertineau version.

                              When I mentioned Capsuto Frères to Mr. R., he reminded me that he'd had the cassoulet when we were there.

                              http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                          2. re: uhockey

                            I agree--the Capsuto Freres brunch menu LOOKS great, but I had a pretty terrible brunch there a few years back. We had a family gathering there--about 10 people and not one person enjoyed their food. Eggs were overcooked, fish dishes were undersalted etc. We split some souffles for dessert and those were pretty good, but IMHO not worth it considering the quaility of the rest of the food. Not to mention that we had really bad service. Not someplace I would return.

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                            Capsouto Freres
                            451 Washington St, New York, NY 10013

                            1. re: prdct

                              I've never had brunch at Capsuto Freres but we had dinner there a couple of years ago and were unimpressed. The food was uninspired, nothing at all special, and the service was cold and inattentive. No desire to return.

                      2. re: kathryn

                        Shopsin's is easily one of my favorite places to eat. Especially for brunch. It is the quintessential brunch place- I mean just look at that incredible menu.. spans every food group with dishes from around the globe!

                    2. re: kathryn

                      Completely missed this thread, thanks :)

                    3. Just to add ton the list I had a great brunch at Hundred Acres on Saturday. That goat cheese thyme bread pudding topped with sauteed spinach, lemon butter, and 2 poached eggs with a side of chessy jalapeno grits was fantastic.

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                      Hundred Acres
                      38 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012