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Good brunch in Meatpacking without dancing and champagne sparklers

Hungry Karen May 31, 2012 06:03 AM

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

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    small h RE: Hungry Karen May 31, 2012 06:53 AM

    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.

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      Pan RE: small h Jun 2, 2012 02:23 AM

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

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        small h RE: Pan Jun 2, 2012 06:42 AM

        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.

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          sgordon RE: small h Jun 2, 2012 07:51 AM

          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...

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            small h RE: sgordon Jun 3, 2012 10:52 AM

            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."

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            Pan RE: small h Jun 2, 2012 11:38 PM

            I may have to stop recommending this place.

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          prima RE: small h Jun 2, 2012 01:42 PM

          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. http://www.pastisny.com/menus.php

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          peter j RE: Hungry Karen May 31, 2012 06:57 AM

          Tap Room at Colicchio & Sons

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            Barcelonian RE: peter j Jun 2, 2012 07:59 AM

            I second the tap room

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            thegforceny RE: Hungry Karen May 31, 2012 09:01 AM

            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.

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              klc137 RE: Hungry Karen May 31, 2012 01:23 PM

              The restaurant at The Standard Hotel.

              1. sgordon RE: Hungry Karen May 31, 2012 01:50 PM

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

                1. loratliff RE: Hungry Karen Jun 2, 2012 06:25 AM

                  Recette, Pastis, Standard Grill, Spotted Pig

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                    sgordon RE: loratliff Jun 2, 2012 07:52 AM

                    +1 on Recette - surprised I forget them. Charming, lovely space. GREAT food.

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                      loratliff RE: sgordon Jun 2, 2012 03:17 PM

                      I'm going to have trouble forgetting them for brunch after the photo of their pain perdu on this week's TimeOut!

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                        Hungry Karen RE: loratliff Jun 3, 2012 05:07 AM

                        Wow, that looks amazing. Recette is. I've been wanting to try that place for dinner, but their brunch menu looks very interesting. Thanks for the recommendation!!

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                          Hungry Karen RE: loratliff Jun 18, 2012 08:58 AM

                          Recette was awesome! The pain perdu was one of the most decadent things I've ever eaten, but sooo good. Loads of butter, but not soggy. Filled with warm PB&J and served with a few berries. I had a bit of my friends' chorizo and grits and the peekytoe crab frittata. Both good. A nice spot to have a relaxing lunch.

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