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Round Table for 8 Saturday lunch

Looking for a fun restaurant with some lunch items (not opposed to a brunch but would like some non-breakfast choices) for a group of 8 that hasn't seen each other in a while. Came up with Tarallaucci from reading the boards, but we are having dinner later that night at Tocqueville and would kind of like to try a different neighborhood. Hoping for a nice wine list but not a top priority like the round table. Only food constraint is a serious fish allergy so a seafood restaurant won't work.

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  1. my party of 6 was seated at a round table for brunch at Maialino--check to see if it can accomdate 8. Plenty of lunch items on the menu which is one of the reasons its one of my favorite brunches in town.

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    1. re: prdct

      thanks but the tables are for 6 only

      1. re: sergad

        did you call and check? ive definitely had more than 6 at a round table at maialino for brunch.

        1. re: tex.s.toast

          We were having dinner that night at Tocqueville and wanted to have brunch uptown.

      1. re: Scott_C

        Looks like it could work. Any idea if we'd be the only people in there on a Saturday?

        1. re: sergad

          Unlikely, it's a popular pre-theatre spot and literally on top of some of the theaters in Lincoln Center. There will probably be people eating there before a Saturday matinee.

          1. re: sergad

            Lincoln is always busy. If I recall correctly, there's a table for 8 in the front room facing Avery Fisher Hall, and another one in the back room facing Juilliard. I like the front room for lunch since it gets a lot of sunlight.

            1. re: Scott_C

              Forgot to mention that our hotel concierge recommended Robert at the MAD. Any thoughts?

              1. re: sergad

                I haven't been to Robert though I heard it has a great view of Central Park. The food reviews have been mixed but you can search online.

                I also haven't been to Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental though I've read that the food is pretty good. It also has a view of CP from the 35th floor.

        2. Beauty on Essex has a great brunch and I know they have a couple of large tables.

          1. Thanks to all. Decided to give Robert at MAD a try.

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              1. re: ilovetoeat23

                The setting, table and view were great, but the food was so-so. Dry eggs and uninspired salads for the most part. It worked for what we needed, but wouldn't call it a foodie destination.