East Village Brunch
Hi Hounds --
I would have thought I'd get a million relevant hits when searching on "East Village Brunch." Maybe the force was not with me, but I didn't see many relevant hits.
There must be threads out there. Would someone be kind enough to help me out? I don't really spend a lot of time in Manhattan anymore. My default EV Brunch option is Mogador. Are there any other places as good or better I should consider?
It'll be on the early side, before noon on Saturday. So I'm not really worried about crowds. I'm meeting my niece, so I'm not really interested in Shopsin's or Clinton Street Baking, or anything like that (also... they're LES).
Are you OK with waiting, even if you're going at 11am/11:30am on Saturday?
Just had a really nice but pricey brunch at Lafayette in Noho. They take reservations and are on OpenTable. Similar in vibe to Balthazar.
For something more lunch oriented, and more on the "ethnic" side. Momofuku Ssam or Pylos. Since so many people will be waiting at the more breakfast-oriented spots, we never really end up waiting at these two for brunch on the weekend. Maharlika, too, offers a more "ethnic" experience, as does Empellon Cocina.
If you're OK with waiting, and want a more Americanish brunch Prune, Peels, The Smith, Westville, or Northern Spy Food Co.
If either of you are really into Bloody Marys, Saxon and Parole has a DIY Bloody Mary bar.