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Where to Get New Year’s Day Brunch on the Upper West Side and Elsewhere in New York

Brunch on New Year’s Day is a must-do for lots of folks, especially when January 1 falls on a Saturday like it does this year.  There are a ton of choices on the Upper West Side and elsewhere in the city.
As for me, crawling out of bed to fight the mobs for a watered-down Bloody [...]

Upper West Side: Cafe de Soleil Quiets Down

It’s been at least a year since I’ve eaten at Cafe de Soleil on Broadway at 104th Street. Why shun this charming neighborhood bistro? Because I value my hearing.
Simply put, the last time I was there, the place was unbearably noisy. In fact, my hubby and and I wound up spending the entire [...]

Upper West Side: Community Food and Juice Reopens Today

Calling all Upper West Side brunch-goers—upper Broadway restaurant Community Food and Juice reopened today.  The restaurant’s been closed for months due to a devastating fire. Today, it was packed, so it probably pays to get on line early for their popular Sunday brunch.

Upper West Side Restaurant Community Food & Juice to Reopen Mid/Late July

Update:  Community Food and Juice reopened Oct. 21.
Favorite neighborhood brunch spot Community Food and Juice, which was shuttered because of a fire April 24, is set to reopen in mid-to-late July, a company spokesperson said.
The blaze broke out in the kitchen, according to Dede Lahman, of Clinton St. Baking Co. & Restaurant, which owns Community [...]

Outdoor Dining NYC: New Leaf Cafe Opens for the Season

Finally, spring appears to have arrived!  One way to spend a lazy weekend morning is to trek up to Ft. Tyron Park and have brunch at the New Leaf New Leaf Restaurant & Bar.
As you know, all proceeds from New Leaf support entertainer Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit that helps restore the [...]