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Brunch UES or Midtown East plus Itinerary help

SaraPA | Apr 4, 2012 05:36 PM

We are heading to NYC first weekend of June. Mom has never been to NYC. She isn't super fancy, but always loves it when we take her out to fancier places when she visits with us.

My big hurdle right now is Sunday brunch. I always like to have a reservation from brunch--I find the waits to be interminable in Manhattan at this time. My plan was Sara Beth CP, but they are already booked for brunch. We are staying near Penn Station and plan to visit Grand Central Station, NYC Library, Rockefeller, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Central Park on Sunday. (Or at least as much as our legs will carry us). My plan was to start from GC and work north, but I suppose we could start at CP and go south. So looking at UES and MidTown Eastish. Any advice for a brunch that won't break the bank (ie Norma's is too expensive)? AND takes reservations? I looked at Marseille, but it's a little too far west.

We are also planning on Toloache for dinner before seeing Wicked. And Chinatown Brasserie one night. My mom has never had dim sum and figured this would be an "easy" entry. A friend recommended Buddakan, but it seemed a bit trendy for my Mom.


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