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Morning, Sunshines! Time for Brunch . . .

January 1, 2011

Upper West Side: These are all great for lunch also, perfect for after the Museum of Natural History.

1. Isabella’s – Columbus & 77th Street.  Right across from the museum.

2. EJ’s Luncheonette – Amsterdam b/t 81st and 82nd.  If you’re rushing, this is the best!  If you don’t feel like waiting on a line, and you love great salads and great omelettes.  This is my fave, it’s no frills but it delivers very tasty eats.

3. Good Enough To Eat –  Amsterdam b/t 83rd and 84th. The decor is cute with lots of cows.  It’s “Upper West Side meets Vermont.”  Very delicious and neighborhoody.

4. Sarabeth’s Kitchen – Amsterdam b/t 80th and 81st. So delicious, but pricey and you’ll have to wait (or make a reservation) so not good for last minute or if you want to eat quickly.

Lower East Side:

1. Falai

2. Frankie’s Spuntino – Loved the original Carroll Gardens location, and now it’s more conveniently located in Manhattan.

Soho / Noho / Nolita:

1. Cafe Habana – Prince Street at Elizabeth.

2. Five Points – My FAVORITE brunch of all!!! Make a reservation.

3. Elizabeth – Elizabeth Street between Houston and Prince.

West Village

1. Cafe Cluny – This place is adorable, and for Sex and the City fans, very quintessential West Village, i.e. Sara Jessica Parker has probably eaten here.

2. Cafe Gitane in the Jane Hotel – Venture way west, almost to the Hudson River, but pass only cute block after cute block, with endless window-shopping, cute bar-hopping, and photo snapping opportunities.  Belle French interiors.

East Village

1.  Prune – You always have to wait, but everything’s amazing including Bloody Mary’s.

2. Momofuku Noodle Bar – My favorite of David’ Chang’s Momofuku empire, but if you want chairs with backs, go around the corner to Momofuku Ssam Bar.  Don’t leave either restaurant without eating the pork buns (or Shitake Mushroom buns if you’re a vegetarian). 

3. Esperanto -Avenue C at 9th Street.  I love this place for it’s laid back food, delicious Latin flavors, cocktails, and it’s location across from a pretty community garden.  My favorite on sunny days!

4.  Back Forty – locally sourced food, fresh and delicious. Vibe is laid back, neighborhoody, minimalist meets lumberjack hipster.

5. Westville East – Ave A at 12th Street.  This is best for twenty-somethings.  It’s delicious but it’s crowded and you always have to wait. Once you’re in though, great food and refreshing drinks.


1. Clover Club – best Bloody Mary’s.

2. Bar Tabac – Smith Street at Dean Street. love everything, especially the French bistro atmosphere, live bluegrass music, and moules frites.

3. Habana Outpost – Fort Greene.  Especially wonderful in summer since you can sit outdoors.

4. Flatbush Farm.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Bryn permalink
    January 1, 2011 11:49 am

    ooh thanks for these tips! i will need them when my ‘rents come to visit. last time i was at sarabeth’s i saw matt lauer – he was SO short but super attractive. 😉 also sarabeth’s has the YUMMIEST homemade jams

  2. January 3, 2011 9:39 pm

    Ah! Cafe Habana. I could eat that corn everyday, all day. Yum! 🙂

    Dreaming of Palm Trees


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