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Runner & Stone, Baking Up Deliciousness in Brooklyn

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  • scene: Industrial yet cozy, low key neighborhood spot
  • sip: Lots of wine, craft cocktails
  • savor: Any of the fresh, local salads; braided ravioli; sandwiches (lunch), fried chicken (dinner)
  • sit: With a date for the weeknight bite; with a friend to catch up and carb up for breakfast or lunch
  • spend: $$
  • address: 285 Third Avenue; Brooklyn, NY 11215
  • phone number: 718-576-3360
  • website: http://www.runnerandstone.com/
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Recette-Your New Brunch Buddy

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  • scene: Quintessential West Village charmer
  • sip: Bloddy Mary with very un-kosher garnishes
  • savor: Bacon Egg and Cheese on a biscuit; Pain Perdue;
  • sit: Brunch crew so either with your girls, with your guy, or even with your parents (hangover optional)
  • spend: $$
  • address: 328 West 12th Street
  • phone number: (212) 414 3000
  • website: www.recetteny.com
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Sadelle’s – A “Hole” New Kind of Bagel Place?

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  • scene: Bi-level, high decibel place with brick walls, and a bagel kitchen in the middle; limited take-out area roped off in the front
  • sip: Anything you would like, for a price
  • savor: Bagels; smoked salad; tuna salad; sticky buns
  • sit: With trendy friends for a weekend brunch; with a friend or by yourself for lunch during the week
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 463 West Broadway
  • phone number: (212) 254-3000
  • website: www.sadelles.com
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Sweet Chick LES- How Sweet It Is

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  • scene: Down -home and downtown
  • sip: Blood Mary's; signature cocktails, etc
  • savor: Fried chicken and waffles; biscuits with sausage gravy; kale BLT
  • sit: With anyone - there were a fair amount of families when we visited, and food this good is meant for sharing in large groups
  • spend: $$
  • address: 178 Ludlow Street (between Houston and Stanton)
  • phone number: (646) 657-0233
  • website: www.sweetchicknyc.com
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Russ & Daughters Cafe – Nothing to Kvetch About

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  • scene: Modern Diner meets old-school hospitality, with a crowd of loyals, foodies, and tourists alike
  • sip: Full-out soda fountain/bar in the front serving homemade soda blends, egg-creams, cream sodas, and tricked our Bloodies
  • savor: There's barely a way to go wrong… Smoked fish platters, Lower Sunny Side, SUPER HEEBSTER
  • sit: While the counter seats at the soda bar in the front of the restaurant caters well to both singles and duos, try to grab a high top or booth in the back with a bigger group
  • spend: $$
  • address: 127 Orchard Street, btw Rivington and Delancey
  • phone number: (212) 475-4881
  • website: http://www.russanddaughters.com
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Brunch at Top of the Standard – Sunglasses Required

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  • scene: A mix of fancy and faff, in one of the most gorgeous rooms in New York City
  • sip: Cocktails like the Mother of Pearl or Proud Mary were delicious, but you can always opt for a good ol' Greyhound - Or go the opposite direction and order $550 bottles of Vodka and Champers
  • savor: Smoked Salmon Tart, Burger with Fries, Foie Gras French Toast
  • sit: The banquettes are super tight for larger groups, but perfect for 2-6 with a breathtaking view
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 848 Washington St (at 13th)
  • phone number: (212) 645-7600
  • website: http://standardhotels.com/high-line/food-drink/the-top-of-the-standard
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Westville… A Gem of the West Vill (along with East Vill, and now Chelsea)

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  • scene: If you are lucky enough to grab a table, you will be surrounded by your West Village neighbors and students
  • sip: No booze, but wine and beer are offered
  • savor: Daily Veggies, Turkey Chili, Greek Salad
  • sit: With budget-conscious friends, a casual date
  • spend: $
  • address: Multiple - 210 W 10th St, off of Bleeker
  • phone number: (212) 741-7971
  • website: www.westvillenyc.com
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Prune – The Waiting (is not) the Hardest Part

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  • scene: Survival of the fittest... or hungriest. Find small groups and weekend couples galore!
  • sip: Did I mention the Bloody Mary menu with 10 variations?
  • savor: Not one thing, even the macerated fruit with mint, sounds bad to me. The Monte Cristo can change your life, and they hand old Alka Seltzer at the door for a reason...
  • sit: Apparently there's a downstairs room with a communal table, but the group that went down there right before had the highest pitched voices ever. The upstairs room is tiny, and the seats at the front are key on a nice day.
  • spend: $$
  • address: 54 East 1st St., btw 1st and 2nd Ave.
  • phone number: (212) 677-6221
  • website: www.prunerestaurant.com
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The Essex… All You Can Brunch for $18

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  • scene: Mixed groups of students, downtown wannabe hipsters, and out-of-towners
  • sip: There is a full service bar; brunch comes with 3 bloody mary's, mimosas, or screwdrivers
  • savor: Baked Eggs w/ crispy ham, mushrooms, roasted peppers, and jack cheese; The Aristocrat; Mexican Matzoh Brei
  • sit: With the your sunday funday crew, a girls brunch to discuss the night before, a big birthday group
  • spend: $
  • address: 120 Essex Street (at Rivington)
  • phone number: (212) 533-9616
  • website: www.essexnyc.com