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brunch/saturday lunch with mother in law, mom and teenage daughter

Looking for a nice place for either brunch or lunch. Mother in law is more the 5th Ave type. Décor ranks higher than food for her. Mom is funky-more downtown than uptown lady. Daughter-will find something to eat but no seafood. I am open to anything but have to consider my companions for this trip. We will be down in Soho for a hair appt. and the less walking for the mothers would be great. Not opposed to taking the subway. Also the mothers are hard of hearing so a place that isn't too loud would be good. I know that is a lot of special requests but I know you chow hounders can help me out.
Thank you.

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  1. Maialino is excellent. You'll probably need a reservation.

      1. I think David Burke Kitchen should make everyone happy..

        1. I think Lafayette is one of the best looking restaurants I have seen in a while, I have not been crazy about my food there, but Im picky, and in the minority I think. Around the corner there is Il Buco A/V.

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          1. re: Hey19

            +1 for lafayette, they do a good brunch.

            Also consider pearl and ash, walkable from soho and feels chic yet "hip", takes reservations
            http://www.pearlandash.com

            There have been mixed reviews on the savory food at the new Laudree in soho but that's another posh yet hot right now spot.

            1. re: Ttrockwood

              Pearl & Ash doesn't do lunch. It is also quite loud and the seating may not be that comfortable for Mom.

              1. re: kathryn

                They do have a brunch menu.... I didn't think about the seating.

                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  Where did you find the brunch menu? Their web site and their OpenTable indicate they are open from 5:30 to midnight daily, no lunch service.

                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                      Yeah, that looks old to me. February 2013?

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Love Balthazar but it's a bit loud.

              1. re: kathryn

                Oops. Missed this suggestion so I repeated. I would say at lunch/brunch its much quieter than at dinner.