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Five Points; a sunday brunch worth skipping

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Five Points; a sunday brunch worth skipping

Adam | Nov 24, 2003 12:04 PM

My boyfriend and I have been in Manhattan for just over a year. We have brunch about 2-3 times a months at places in the $10-$25 per person range. We've heard about the Five Points brunch, but we couldn't bring ourselves to honor a sunday morning reservation, even though we've showed up at several other brunch hot spots and waited for close to an hour for a table.

Two weekends ago, we decided to show up at Five Points. The place was totally packed, and we had no chance of getting a table in the next hour. So we left, and showed up this last weekend, honoring our 1pm reservation. Again, the place was packed. The scene was mainly 20's and 30's. The pitchers of bloody mary's and screwdrivers appeared quite popular. We were quickly served coffee, which was perhaps the best part of the brunch. The baked bread was nothing to remember, though

My boyfriend and I like to split all of our dishes, especially when we expect the food to be really good. The small salads that we started with were fine. Nothing good, nothing bad about them. We decided to split the roasted tomato egg dish, prepared in a wood-fired oven. It was fine--if it had been 6 dollars. But for 12 bucks, I expect fresher eggs, better quality cheese, and something a bit more interesting than a bunch of medium-grade ingredients all mixed together to serve an egg bake I could have made myself. Nothing special at all.
We then split the lemon ricotta pancakes, which according to my boyfriend, and by way of the waitress's suggestion, is a favorite of many Five Point fans. We've had better lemon ricotta places at least 3 other times at other places in NYC, all of which were cheaper. And were the pancakes served with good quality Vermont syrup? No. Again, medium-grade ingredients. The pancakes were also a bit tough on the outside. A real disappointment. Our total bill with tax and tip--$60. And we didn't even have the bloody mary's.
Is it the booze, the scene, the hype? Why do people like this place? So many other better options in the city for less!!

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