Brunch!

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  1. goodandclassy
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    It so happens that brunch is my favorite meal of the week, and my guests seem to appreciate the local places we visit and day-drink on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

    I feel like it is a very essential part of the NYC experience, and it is possibly the best idea after a 4 AM night at the bars.

    Some of my favorite places (and feel free to add yours - if not too lazy, I will update the thread :D). I may also be inspired to visit said places and broaden my horizons :D

    Lower East Side
    Poco: 3rd St and Avenue B. http://www.poconyc.com
    Probably my favorite, unlimited drinks, tasty food, good value, great personnel, definitely makes you feel welcomed. Cons: Wait can be long, the downstairs can get loud - so waiting for a main level (or outside - when weather permits) is well worth it.

    Cafe Cortadito: 3rd St and Avenue B (Just east of Poco actually) http://www.cafecortadito.com/
    My favorite non-brunch restaurant. I LOVE the food, and the place is so adorable, with the friendly and personable hosts (authentic cuban family). Brunch is very good as well, with complimentary drinks and tasty food items. After living on Ropa Vieja and Churrasco steak though, I feel like I cannot have anything else there :)

    Tapeo 29: 29 Clinton St, one block south of Houston. http://www.tapeo29.com
    Another cute place on the LES. Spanish tapas bar by night, tiny, but tasty brunch place by weekend morning/afternoon. Good drink specials (used to be unlimited which may have caused a missed flight or two for some... :D) I guess that's the biggest con (if you consider $2 bloody mary's a con...)

    Midtown West
    Nook: 9th avenue and 51st Street. No website, but Menupages - http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/nook/
    Delicious - every time. Try the soups. Tiny place, adorable, friendly. Cons: Wait can be a bit long, cash only, no alcoholic beverages. You don't need them though.

    Cafe Forant: 51st St between 9th and 10th Avenues http://www.cafeforant.com/Welcome.html
    Good, wholesome food - like organic everything, made with love, etc. Good stuff. The owner ladies are nice, and it is truly a cute neighborhood spot. Cash only

    Uptown
    Sarabeth's - Amsterdam Ave and 81st St http://www.sarabethswest.com/ There are other locations as well
    Good, everything they make is amazing. The bloody mary is presented nicely - with a ton of various garnishes. Cons: Long wait, on the pricey side...

    I think this exhausts my list for now...
     
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    Counter: 1st Ave, between 6th and 7th http://www.counternyc.com. Vegetarian/ organic bistro with many vegan options. Delicious and inventive food. Classy and cozy atmosphere, with attentive service every time I've visited.
     
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  3. I do love Sarabeth's... I've been known to pick my entree by whether it comes with a choice of muffin, just because I love their pumpkin muffin so much. But I can't really deal with the combination of no reservations/long waits and having to go uptown, so I make do with just buying the occasional pumpkin muffin at the Chelsea Market, or stopping in at their cafe at Lord & Taylor if I'm there shopping.
     
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    Brunch at La Bonne Soupe is enjoyable. It can be crowded but the food is delish. I'm guessing that there is no separate brunch menu since they serve brunch entrées daily.
     
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    In keeping with the travel theme, I thought the weekend brunch last weekend at the Andaz Wall Street was amazing. $22-$28. This was from the starter area:

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