Brunch in Manhattan
Birthday boy has generously decided to hold his party at a kosher place to accommodate our family. Any suggestions for a place with food good enough to appeal to a group of all ages, most used to eating non-kosher food?
Have never been to a brunch in any of the NYC restaurants, but here are some threads that address your request for recommendations: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/899180
Basically the options are from what I've read in past threads:
Le Marais on, 46th betweeen 6th and 7th
My Most Favorite Food, 72nd and Broadway
Noi Due, 69th and Broadway
Just wanted to give an update. The birthday boy had already made reservations at Talia's Steakhouse before I had a chance to make suggestions. The food was mediocre but there were a lot of kid friendly choices (pasta bolognese, chicken fingers, burgers, etc) on our prix fix menu. Service was very poor. For example, salads and chumus put down without small plates to help yourself - had to ask twice to get them and then they served only for our part of the long table, dessert orders were wrong/misplaced. Nonetheless, we had a good time, It helped that the restaurant was almost empty on that Sunday so the kids were able to get up and run around and we weren't disturbing anyone.
I had had the same experience at Talia's. The first time I went was on Pesach, so I attributed the chaos and lack of service to the crowds and the changed menu. I went back a second time and was appalled at the service. I won't go into all the gory details, but suffice it to say that we spent hours there, not by our own choosing but because of how long it took to get seated, get a menu, etc. Everyone around us looked equally miserable, and one table even got into a screaming match with a manager about apparently getting all the wrong food, or being charged incorrectly, or something. It's a shame--it's a great location, pretty place, reasonable prices, and the food isn't terrible, but the service is really terrible.
Talia's service is terrible, and the food isn't so much better (and has gotten worse over the years). But they're the only real sit-down restaurant in the area, and they monetize times that other area places aren't willing to (staying open Saturday night, for example, or having reserved pre-paid Shabbat dinners).