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mise_en_nyc Mar 14, 2012 10:50 AM

My lady friends and I are looking for a delicious Sunday brunch location in Manhattan. If it is beautiful weather we want a place where we can sit outside and enjoy our cocktails. It would be on the early side, around 11 that we would be eating (and drinking). Have been to Tbsp and enjoyed it. Thanks!

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    kathryn Mar 14, 2012 11:00 AM

    The law prohibits serving liquor before noon on Sundays. Most restaurants obey this law, though a few don't.

    Also, outdoor seating is usually first come, first served. How big is your group?

    The best brunches I've had in Manhattan, food-wise, usually don't have outdoor seating.

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      mise_en_nyc Mar 14, 2012 11:07 AM

      There will be 4 of us. And I think that the liquor thing isn't a huge deal, we can skip that if necessary. I guess I'd like to have a selection of both indoor & outdoor depending on the weather.

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        peter j Mar 14, 2012 11:17 AM

        Riverpark has a nice outdoor seating area. Brunch is pretty good too.

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        Riverpark
        450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

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          mise_en_nyc Mar 14, 2012 11:39 AM

          That does look nice and close to the water. Menu looks pretty good too. Thanks!

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            peter j Mar 14, 2012 12:16 PM

            Locanda Verde has outddor seating as well.

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            Locanda Verde
            377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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              mise_en_nyc Mar 14, 2012 12:56 PM

              Oh wow, the "Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with blueberries and meyer lemon curd" sounds slightly amazing.

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      kathryn Mar 14, 2012 01:42 PM

      Locanda Verde is excellent but the sidewalk area is small and highly in demand. Every time I've gone, it's already full with families, who get there before 11am.

      Other options:
      Public (elevated platform above the sidewalk)
      'inoteca LES
      Morandi
      Pastis
      Five Points (very small patio)
      L'artusi (garden)
      Dell'anima
      Cookshop
      Extra Virgin
      Tartineh
      Pulino's
      Mermaid Inn (East Village)
      Cafe Orlin
      Cafe Mogador
      Hundred Acres
      Belcourt

      Of course, if you want to sit outside at any of these, you may have to wait.

      Best Sunday brunch, mostly indoors:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8317...

      The list linked above has my favorites. I enjoy both classic dishes done well, and also creative brunch dishes.

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      Cafe Mogador
      101 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

      Pastis
      9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

      Cookshop
      156 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

      Five Points
      31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

      Cafe Orlin
      41 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

      Mermaid Inn
      96 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

      Morandi
      211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

      Belcourt
      84 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

      Extra Virgin
      259 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

      'inoteca
      98 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

      Public
      210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

      Dell'Anima
      38 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

      Tartine
      253 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

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

      L'Artusi
      228 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014

      Pulino's
      282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

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        mise_en_nyc Mar 14, 2012 01:58 PM

        This is an amazing list - I'm sure we will find something on here we like. Thanks

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          prima Mar 17, 2012 10:12 AM

          NYC Chowhounds, what are your favourite brunch dishes at Cookshop?

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            sam1 Mar 17, 2012 10:35 AM

            cookshop has taken a dive in quality...at least for me...in the last 2-3 years. i used to love their bialy and smoked fish...and then they took it off.

            nothing was ever fantastic at cookshop but it was a good, artsy crowd. these days, its got lots of tourists from the highline.

            ive moved on.

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            Cookshop
            156 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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              prima Mar 17, 2012 10:45 AM

              Oh, thanks so much for letting me know. It's been on my brunches- to-try list for a couple years now, I didn't realize it's gone downhill.

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