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behahaha Apr 3, 2013 12:39 PM

Hey Everyone,
I need help! My husband's birthday is coming up and he has requested a fancy brunch outing instead of dinner. All the places I was thinking about for dinner (blue hill, eleven madison park, etc) don't do brunch... so now what?
criteria:
-must take reservations or be easy to get a table at (we will have grandma with us and she is not for standing around for an hour waiting for a table)
-must be vegetarian friendly (but not exclusive)
-must be reasonably fancy

price is not really an issue (let's try to keep it on the blue hill level vs per se level though)

bonus points for local/ sustainable food practices!

The one place I have thought of is ABC Kitchen- any comments on that?

Thank you thank you!

  1. sgordon Apr 3, 2013 02:01 PM

    NoMad is a good call, and reasonably fancy.

    Bouley has a GREAT lunch deal (and is a bit fancier) - $55 for five courses. They call it a "tasting menu" but it's actually more like a normal prix fixe, you can pick your own dishes from around four choices per course. Available every day but Sunday. So if it'll be a Saturday brunch, well worth checking out.

    Cafe Boulud also does a proper "Lunch" on Saturdays - I believe on Sunday they do more of a "Brunch" menu, though you might want more than just elevated Eggs Hollandaise and whatnot, so the lunch would be a bit fancier.

    Bar Room at The Modern is open for Lunch all weekend.

    1. a
      Alan Henderson Apr 3, 2013 01:28 PM

      I'd add Bouley to the discussion. Had an excellent birthday lunch there a while back.

      1. b
        behahaha Apr 3, 2013 12:59 PM

        thanks... those were my concerns about ABC kitchen, so that is out. NoMad and Tocqueville both seem to be very viable options

        1. k
          kathryn Apr 3, 2013 12:54 PM

          The NoMad.

          ABC Kitchen is a little loud and the furniture is a little uncomfortable.

          1. r
            roze Apr 3, 2013 12:46 PM

            I love ABC kitchen but it is a little more relaxed than fancy. I think Gramercy Tavern or Tocqueville could be perfect. Tocqueville has a Greenmarket lunch/brunch on Saturday that is all sourced from the Union Square Market.

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