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Feb 23, 2012 08:39 PM

Minetta Tavern/ Locanda Verde or Maialino for Vegetarian Brunch

Hello All!

Going to be in town this weekend and was wondering which would be best for a group with a vegetarian who loves pancakes/french toast.

I currently have reservations at Minetta. Is it too meaty?!

Was thinking about Locnada or Mailalino.


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  1. i love minetta but brunch is overpriced and not really a good example of their food offerings...its a meat palace.

    locanda verde is your best bet...their baker is excellent. the baked goods for brunch are excellent.

    Minetta Tavern
    113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

    Locanda Verde
    377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

    4 Replies
    1. re: sam1

      sounds great! thanks. Yeah I was shocked by how much $$ everything was at Minetta!

      1. re: chadradchad

        Only super early reservations. Is it hard to walk in?

        1. re: chadradchad

          Locanda Verde is usually pretty busy, so I wouldn't try to walk in with a group.

        2. re: chadradchad

          Brunch AND dinner are both expensive at Minetta.

      2. It depends if you want:
        a) pancakes and french toast + a bunch of other vegetarian options
        b) pancakes or french toast, and don't care about other vegetarian options

        I love Minetta Tavern's brunch, their French Toast is very good. No pancakes though. They do have other vegetarian items on the menu, like two salads, oatmeal, fruit, and three egg dishes without meat.

        The pastry basket at Locanda Verde is excellent, as is the sheep's milk ricotta with burnt orange toast. Stay away from the frittata, it's kind of boring. The pancakes are good BUT you have to LOVE lemon curd. It is a very lemon-y dish. French toast is good, not my favorite in town, and you have to really like almonds (or at least not hate them). So it depends if the vegetarian is picky or not as none of their pancakes, waffles, or french toast are of the "standard" variety.

        They also have polenta waffles (haven't tried yet), and I think the vegetarian could also order the Wood-Fired Uova Al Forno with corona beans, mozzarella and black tuscan kale, which is good. My favorite egg dish, though, has meat: Uovo Modenese with cotechino hash, spinach and tomato hollandaise.

        I don't think Maialino is what you want: they serve a ton of pastries, and pancakes, but no French Toast.

        Another good option would be Union Square Cafe. They have excellent huckleberry pancakes. I also liked but did not love the brioche French Toast with apples on it, but it was still a good dish, I just happen to think Minetta's is better. Great service, pleasant atmosphere, and you can linger for a while.

        Minetta Tavern
        113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

        Union Square Cafe
        21 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003

        Locanda Verde
        377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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        1. re: kathryn

          Oh you Chowhounds! You always make it so difficult. I think I may just stay with my reservations to Minetta. The French Toast sounds amazing!
          Are the pastries good at Minetta?

          1. re: chadradchad

            The pastries at Minetta are from Balthazar Bakery. Their croissant is only OK. I love their fruit foccacia, the cannele, and the chocolate brioche loaf.

            80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

        2. This vegetarian would choose Locanda Verde. But still don't expect a huge number of choices. Carmellini likes his meat.

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          1. re: DavyTheFatBoy

            We went with Minetta Tavern and it was a hit for everyone! The meat eaters and vegetarians rejoiced. Started off empty, but PACKED when we left.