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Jan 9, 2014 09:52 PM

Longest brunch line/wait in NYC?

Hey Chowhounders!

I'm doing some research for an article on the longest lines and/or wait times for brunches in NYC. You seemed like the folks with the inside scoop on the matter. :)

Can anyone offer up some names? Who has the worst brunch lines in the city?


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  1. On weekends clinton st bakery is easily an hour and change. (I only did that once!)
    Cafe mogodar is anywhere from an hour (normal) to nearly two- my patience isn't what it once was and we often end up elsewhere.
    I know Shopsins is crazy weekends but I've never been brave/stupid enough to go for brunch

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    1. re: Ttrockwood

      More like 2-3 hours at Clinton on weekends.

      1. re: kathryn

        Why would anyone do that? Is it really worth it? So if you want to eat brunch at, say, noon you'd better start lining up by 9 or 10? Wow! Not for me.

        I waited 30-45 minutes a couple of times for Lanksky's (now defunked) all you can drink drunk brunch and I though that was pushing it!

        1. re: gavspen

          It's in tons of guidebooks, and especially popular with international visitors.

          1. re: gavspen

            "Why would anyone do that? Is it really worth it?"

            Herd mentality, FB photo op, maybe the pancakes...

            1. re: gavspen

              2 hour wait a few weeks ago.. on a Monday. Still never made it. 30 mins pretty much is my limit.

              Like Kathryn said its in every guide book. Same tourists who travel to Midwood, Brooklyn and wait an hour for 2 slices of pizza.

              1. re: Ziggy41

                Make that 2 hours or more. My last visit to DiFara was a 2.5 hour wait, on a Wednesday, 6PM..... They told me it would probably be an hour. I wish.

            2. re: kathryn

              Yes, the line at Clinton seems INSANE no matter what the hour. I've never been because I don't think I can stomach it—and I'm willing to do an hour or an hour and a half, no problem.

          2. Good Enough to Eat could be a contender. although, i don't know what it's like these days after they moved.

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            1. re: coasts

              It's still like that and every time I walk by, I have to stop myself from asking those people why in the h*ll they're standing outside in the freezing cold. I've only been there once for lunch and paid $35 for a decent salad and pretty crappy glass of wine.

              1. re: coasts

                I used to see the lines at their old location and marvel at how long people were willing to wait--in the cold, sleet, and all kinds of unpleasant weather--for food that, as the name say, was good enough to eat, but that's it, just barely. I always felt like saying, "Give me five bucks and I'll make pancakes for you."

              2. Sarabeth's on Central Park South

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                1. re: darren425

                  Nobody actually waits in line though, more like ladies who their name down and get some shopping or spa in.

                2. Clinton St Bakery has really, really long waits on weekends

                  1. Clinton St, Prune, Peels (sometimes), Ippudo (not traditional brunch, but still..)

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                    1. re: Barcelonian

                      I've been quoted 3 hour waits at Ippudo for lunch... I walk to Momofuku noodle and just sit and eat. Do not have the time to wait 3 hours for lunch.

                      1. re: Barcelonian

                        You're right about prune- we waited just over an hour this past summer, their bloody marys are soooo goood.....!