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by Dora Bona (subscribe)
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Published April 16th 2011
Weekends are to look forward to. And there's nothing I enjoy more than that anticipated leisurely Sunday brunch. There are so many wonderful places to do brunch in New York. Here are a few really, really good ones.

Your brunch will be off to a great start the moment you walk in to this lovely Thai restaurant. The dining room features a glistening pool with floating candles and orchids as the centerpiece. It's pure tranquility.

Menu: Recommended selections
The fish cake.
Omelette with yellow curry roasted potatoes and choice of ham, tomato, scallion, red onion, mushroom, cheddar or swiss cheese. Kittichai Pad Thai with schrimp, garlic chive and peanuts.
All under $20 and generous servings.
The $20 prix-fixe menu offers a selection of appetizers/entrees/desserts. It's almost a gift.
Location: Thompson Hotel
60 Thompson St, between Broome and Spring St.
SoHo, NY
Brunch served Saturday & Sunday 11.30 am till 3 pm
Phone: 212-219-2000

SANT AMBROEUS - Greenwich Village

This restaurant has such a varied menu that you could brunch here every weekend for months and still not sample everything.
Recommended selections
The Griddle Pancake
Octopus Salad with crunchy celery, lemon zest and parmesan chips on a potato cake
Parma cotto and swiss cheese, with marinated artichokes and roasted peppers
San Daniele prosciutto with buffalo mozzarella on francesino
All under $20 and very filling
259 West 4th Street
Brunch served Saturdays and Sundays from 11am - 6pm
Phone: 212-604-9254 ‎

SUSHI SAMBA - Greenwich Village
A great fusion restaurant with a taste of Brazil and Japan. Very popular with tourists, perhaps because the Sex and the City girls put it on the map, but definitely worth coming here for brunch.

Recommended selections:
The $15 prix fixe with a choice of 4 items all served family style, for two people minimum.
If you go a la carte there are a wonderful selection of tempuras, sushi and rolls.
Eggs with chorizo on French toast and the South American frittata.
Yellowtail sashimi ceviche
All under $20. Incredibly flavoursome brunch time food.
Location: 87 7th Ave S, New York,
Brunch served Sundays 11.30 am – 3.30pm
Phone: 212-691-7885

A world class establishment with a varied and delicious brunch menu. Sadly, they only serve brunch on Saturdays here but it's a must-try restaurant.

Recommended selections:
On the breakfasty side of things, the buttermilk pancakes with berry compote are lovely.
The silky, smoked Atlantic salmon is served with a chive crème fraîche and sunflower toast.
Beef carpaccio is meticulously served and really does melt in your mouth.
All these are sub $20, but there are many choices on the menu which can become expensive.
390 Park Avenue at 53rd

Brunch served Saturdays from 11.30 am - 5.30 pm
Phone: 212-888-2700 ‎

CITY BAKERY - Flatiron District
City Bakery is home of New York's favorite hot chocolate as well as the one and only "Pretzel Croissant," a sweet and salty concoction that has some kind of weird powers over die-hard pastry lovers.

Recommended selections
Eclectic cold buffet/salad bar.
Great hot food bar with terrific macaroni & cheese or chicken wings.
From the dessert bar grab yourself a delicious chocolate chip cookie or the caramelized "pain-perdu".
Leave the place completely stuffed for under $15.
3, West 18th Street between 5th and 6th Ave
Brunch served Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
Phone: 212-366-1414

These are just a few of the great places to go after you've indulged your weekend sleep-in, and want to spend a long, lazy day eating.
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Why? Because brunch is the best meal of the day
When: Between breakfast and lunch
Where: Manattan, NY
Cost: Depends on how much you are prepared to pay
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