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Lunch Before Barrow St. Matinee

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twochesters Sep 5, 2012 12:49 PM

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.
Thanks.

  1. t
    twochesters Sep 21, 2012 08:57 AM

    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
      nokitchen Sep 21, 2012 09:25 AM

      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.

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        t
        twochesters Sep 21, 2012 12:40 PM

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

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      twochesters Sep 20, 2012 01:31 PM

      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
        nokitchen Sep 20, 2012 01:57 PM

        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.

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          t
          twochesters Sep 20, 2012 02:08 PM

          Thank you, nokitchen. Sounds right on target.

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        twochesters Sep 7, 2012 08:33 AM

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

        1. loratliff Sep 7, 2012 06:33 AM

          Little Owl or Market Table

          1. t
            thegforceny Sep 5, 2012 01:28 PM

            Minetta Tavern

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              peter j Sep 5, 2012 01:01 PM

              Perla

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                kathryn Sep 5, 2012 01:01 PM

                Babbo is a short walk away.

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