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WEEKEND, MARCH 25-27, 2011

Let’s do


The laid-back, boozy meal is a weekend favorite Five unique spots to satisfy your cravings, from traditional to artsy to exotic


or New Yorkers, brunch is the grown-up Happy Meal. It involves mimosas and Bloody Marys, out-of-town parents or hungover friends reconvening to discuss last night’s good time. The afternoon meal works with your weekend schedule — yes, you slept until 2 p.m., but still have a hankering for eggs. It’s less expensive than dinner — and you can take a nap right afterwards. So when you roll out of bed on Sunday, try one of these. TINA CHADHA


Buttermilk Channel

At Graffit, dishes are so pretty you’ll almost not want to eat them — almost.


Graffit Need to impress a date, looking for the perfect

spot to treat mom for Mother’s Day or just want to be surrounded by prettiness? Then head to chef Jesus Nunez’s new modern eatery on the Upper West Side. Inside the subterranean restaurant, colorful graffiti art lines the walls

and modern furniture is made cozy with baroque mirrors and banquettes. The best spot to brunch is out back in the enchanting, glass-enclosed Garden Room. Make sure to lose the sunglasses, though, because you’ll really want to

take in all of chef Nunez’s artfully plated and reasonably priced dishes, which fuse authentic Spanish staples (tortillas and chorizo) with modern techniques (deconstructed cappuccino to eat, celery apple foam topped cocktails). But we

strongly recommend his sweet fare — chocolate pancakes with vanillasoaked blueberries or violet cream-filled doughnuts — which can be eaten as your main course or dessert. 141 W. 69th St., 646-692-8762

This critic’s darling doesn’t disappoint. While the famous buttermilk fried chicken and cheddar waffles sadly aren’t on the brunch menu, console yourself with their pecan pie French toast made with bourbon, molasses and toasted pecans, or if you’re going for savory, try the Eggs Huntington: poached eggs on buttermilk biscuits with ham and hollandaise. Then toast your new fave dishes with their selection of Bloody Marys. The classic version is served strong and spicy with a house-made pickle. 524 Court St., Brooklyn, 718-852-6872


Big groups

Clinton St. Baking Company When you wake up yearning for pancakes but mom is thousands of miles away, head to this Lower East Side brunch haven. Although there is always — we mean always — a wait, their delicious blueberry pancakes will hit the spot. Trust. Co-owner Dede Lahman says your best bet is to “come at 8:30 or 9 a.m. and line up for first seating.” If that’s

crazy talk to you, she says, “put in your name and then go shopping and return after an hour to check in.” Or try them for dinner — they serve pancakes then, too. 4 Clinton St., 646-602-6263

Throwing a brunch soiree with five or 18 of your closest friends? Invite the gang to long-standing favorite Essex. Catch up in between bites of the Mexican Matzo Brei — their most popular dish — which is a combo of scrambled eggs, tortilla crisps, monterey jack, avocado, black beans and pico de gallo. Don’t worry about figuring out the bill after all those mimosas. Groups over eight have a prix-fixe menu which gets you one entree and three drinks (although the refills keep coming) for $25 each. 120 Essex St., 212-533-9616


Saravana Bhavan Not feeling the standard eggs, but still craving something starchy and delicious to soak up last night’s debauchery? Try a dosa. This crispy traditional South Indian crepe can be ordered

plain or with a stuffing. We say go with the spicy potato. Dip your bites into a warm, tangy lentil soup or slather them with sweet coconut chutney, then wash it all down with a cooling mango lassi. If nap time is not an option, opt for a masala chai instead.


81 Lexington Ave., 212-679-0204