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Heisenbergcooksblue Mar 6, 2013 03:12 PM

I need a great brunch spot for a bunch hungry guys who know food.. Killer bloddy Mary's are a must.. Cool atmosphere (it's a buddies bday) good wholesome innovative comfort food with a twist..in Manhattan or Bk

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    kathryn RE: Heisenbergcooksblue Mar 6, 2013 03:27 PM

    When is the brunch? How many people? The law prohibits serving liquor before noon on Sundays, BTW.

    "Innovative comfort food" sounds like a contradiction in terms...

    Not sure what you mean by "wholesome," either.

    For the best brunch in town, purely based on food:

    The Breslin - lamb burger with thrice fried fries, deep fried PB&J, full English breakfast, grilled 3-cheese sandwich (with cheese on the outside), excellent bacon, great pastries

    Clinton St Baking Co - blueberry pancakes with warm maple butter, biscuit sandwich with cheddar, egg, tomato jam, and bacon

    Prune - dutch baby, deep fried monte cristo, "prune juice" (lemon, orange, lime, and grapefruit)

    Minetta Tavern - black label burger, ham baked in hay, shirred eggs with morels or truffles, latkes with poached eggs, brioche french toast, duck hash

    Locanda Verde - "tre-stelle" juice (pomegranate, blood oranges and valencia oranges), sheep's milk ricotta with truffle honey and burnt orange toast, pastries, poached eggs with cotechino hash, spinach and tomato hollandaise, shaved porchetta sandwich

    Of the list I provided, Minetta Tavern & Locanda Verde take reservations, the others don't and also have long lines, esp Clinton St. I also really enjoy Public, Joseph Leonard, and Spotted Pig for brunch, but no reservations at these.

    Prune is known for their long Bloody Marys list (there's about 10 different kinds, each Bloody is also served with a beer chaser) and I've had some really good brunch cocktails at LV and The Breslin. I've tried them at Clinton St and Minetta, but they were good but weren't especially memorable.

    The most memorable Bloody Mary I've had recently was at North End Grill, where they do a few variations, including one with a smoky scotch.

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      Heisenbergcooksblue RE: kathryn Mar 6, 2013 04:46 PM

      Kathryn, how is that you've become so astute to the NY brunch scene? I can clearly see you know your way around the city's culinary food matrix. Kudos to you! Thank you for taking the time to provide such an in-depth answer. I will consider all your options and get back to you.

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        Spiritchaser RE: Heisenbergcooksblue Mar 7, 2013 05:14 AM

        You would be hard pressed to find someone on Chow to give better NYC dining insights then Kathryn and she has given you some great suggestions but I would just like to add The NoMad. They take reservations, it's a lively place, innovative food as well as some of the "standards" (albeit elevated). They also have a great bloody mary program.

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          kathryn RE: Spiritchaser Mar 11, 2013 08:26 AM

          Had some cocktails in the library there yesterday, service was a little scattered (only 1 server for 7-8 parties in the room). Cocktails were excellent as usual though I overheard a good number of people grumbling at the host station as the NoMad was fully committed for brunch & had no tables remaining, though you can dine at the bar. So definitely make a reservation if you plan to go nowadays.

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            Heisenbergcooksblue RE: kathryn Mar 11, 2013 10:37 AM

            Yes!! NoMad is next on the list..I will make res ASAP ...I went to the bar outside the library a week ago for drinks..( drinks were great ) It was little before happy hour.. Crowd seemed a boujie( meaning stiff) but heard the vibe gets better.. Looking for the same cool casual crowd as Breslin?? And food?? What are your thoughts?

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              kathryn RE: Heisenbergcooksblue Mar 11, 2013 10:40 AM

              Try Public, Joseph Leonard, and Spotted Pig.

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                Heisenbergcooksblue RE: kathryn Jun 11, 2013 03:29 PM

                Hi Kathryn..hope all is well.. It's been a while.. been roaming around willyb on Sundays..although there are tons of eaterys.. They can be hit or miss.. Wondering if you have any experience in bk?? That you would suggest..again I love the style of April Bloomfield.. I don't really dig Dainty little delicate menus..gastropub hearty.. Is all me!.. Btw still haven't been to Joeseph Leonard yet!! Thanx!

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                  kathryn RE: Heisenbergcooksblue Jun 11, 2013 03:31 PM

                  It's been a while since I had brunch there, but I really like Pies 'n' Thighs and Diner. Not really April Bloomfield / gastropub style.

                  For more Williamsburg recommendations, you need to post on the Outer Boroughs board.

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                    Heisenbergcooksblue RE: kathryn Jun 11, 2013 03:51 PM

                    Ok cool.. Anything new in manhattan that you like?

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                      kathryn RE: Heisenbergcooksblue Jun 11, 2013 03:57 PM

                      Lafayette has a nice brunch but it's not really a gastropub.

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                        Heisenbergcooksblue RE: kathryn Jun 11, 2013 07:43 PM

                        How would you describe it??

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                          Heisenbergcooksblue RE: kathryn Jun 11, 2013 07:51 PM

                          And what's your opinion on The Smith.. For brunch.. Sorry if I'm killing you.. I just value your opinion !!

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                            kathryn RE: Heisenbergcooksblue Jun 11, 2013 08:16 PM

                            Lafayette is a "grand cafe," but the atmosphere and menu kind of remind me of Balthazar.

                            I like the Smith, but the EV one is super loud, and I actually prefer the other restaurants in that group more. I used to love the Neptune Room for brunch (now closed, alas).

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          Heisenbergcooksblue RE: kathryn Mar 10, 2013 06:22 PM

          Breslin = Amazing!!! Just what I was looking for.. April Bloomfield can cook! Thanx

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            kathryn RE: Heisenbergcooksblue Mar 11, 2013 08:25 AM

            Glad you enjoyed it!

        3. Motosport RE: Heisenbergcooksblue Mar 7, 2013 10:41 AM

          If you are going when the weather is nicer try Riverpark and sit outside on the East River. Excellent Bloody Mary's and innovative food.

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