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Lunch Before Barrow St. Matinee

I am taking a friend to see Tribes on Barrow St. at a Saturday matinee in 2 weeks.
It is a birthday gift and I hope I can get some suggestions for lunch or brunch before. We are so flexible on cuisine, really no avoids. I read about Annisa (only dinner) and called One If By Land (private brunch booked that day).
Something a little cheaper would be ok too, but I am open to more expensive, like restaurants above, for good and convenient choices.
All ideas are welcome.

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  1. Babbo is a short walk away.

        1. Little Owl or Market Table

          1. I was away from email and have just seen all the replies so far -- thanks to all.

            1. In the end, I was too late to reserve at Babbo and some of the other places don't take reservations for a weekend lunch.
              I will be going to Grano Trattoria on Greenwich Ave. at West 10th St.
              Is anyone familiar with their menu? Any suggested dishes or avoids?
              Thanks, everybody.

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              1. re: twochesters

                Grano is a good but not great neighborhood eatery. You can't really go wrong there; everything is nicely made with fresh ingredients but you also can't buy a transcendent experience at any price. So I'd say get something with ingredients that you usually like and don't spend at the top of the menu.

                1. re: nokitchen

                  Thank you, nokitchen. Sounds right on target.

              2. Oh boy, after all the changes it seems that I am going to Morandi for brunch tomorrow. Final answer.
                Any suggested dishes or avoids?
                Thanks so much.

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                1. re: twochesters

                  They're trendier than Grano. Nice space, but it could be a little crowded depending on how late you push it for a 2:30 matinee. I'd suggest getting there on the early side and doing a nice walk through the Village if you're done early.

                  They'll be serving the brunch menu then. I tend to go for the more sweet, breakfast-y stuff at brunches, but they'll have plenty of savory dishes to choose from too. It is Keith McNally, after all, and it's famous for its brunch. If you're an omelette person, get their fritatta, which they make with in-season veggies and Italian herbs.

                  1. re: nokitchen

                    Thank you, nokitchen for your feedback and for the tip about timing.