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May 31, 2012 06:03 AM

Good brunch in Meatpacking without dancing and champagne sparklers

Are there any places left in meatpacking where you can get a solid brunch/lunch without the champagne, djs, etc.?

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  1. Pastis, as far as I know. But I haven't had brunch there in a while. And I just glanced at the menu and realized I won't be having brunch there any time soon, since oatmeal costs $13. Wow.

    6 Replies
    1. re: small h

      What do you suppose they put in it? That sounds like a tremendous gouge!

      1. re: Pan

        Unicorn blood? The whole menu is quite stunning, price-wise, or maybe I just don't get out as much as I used to and haven't noticed that egg dishes cost around $20 now. There's a connection to be made between this and the discussion about Hakkasan, and someone smarter than me should make it.

        1. re: small h

          Wow, haven't been to Pastis in awhile, but jeez - wondering if there's some reason the Eggs Hussard & Eggs Norwegian cost $16 at Schiller's but $23 at Pastis. You could say demand for seats, I guess, but it's not like Schiller's isn't mobbed on the weekends... Maybe the rent at Pastis is just higher...

          1. re: sgordon

            Eggs Norwegian is $23 at Balthazar, too. I would attribute this to differences in rent, but Eggs Benedict is $22 at Balthazar and $18 at Odeon, and I can't imagine there's much of a difference between Soho & Tribeca, rent-wise. Oatmeal at Minetta Tavern is practically a steal at $10, maybe because it comes with prunes, rather than bananas?

            In summation, I cannot figure out the logic of the McNally empire's pricing structure, so I think it must boil down to "whatever we think you'll pay to eat here, suckahs."

          2. re: small h

            I may have to stop recommending this place.

        2. re: small h

          It looks like a similar oatmeal costs $10 on their breakfast menu. Not sure what the difference would be between the breakfast oatmeal and the brunch oatmeal. Both come with sauteed bananas.

          1. I had brunch Memorial Day and it was a lot of fun. Their egg dishes are the way to go. Great bloody mary. Forgot how much I love that place - outdoors, indoors - all good.

            1. The restaurant at The Standard Hotel.

              1. Second the Tap Room at C&S. Also Cookshop makes a great brunch.