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SUNDAY LAZY SUNDAY – DOWNTOWN BRUNCH SPOTS

After sleeping in and reading two-thirds of the Sunday Times, your stomach is growling for some hearty food, something heavy enough to satiate you until dinner and give you enough energy to do pretty much nothing for the rest of the day.

Here are some great brunch spots that we love…

Grey Dog’s Cafe
33 Carmine Street
212-462-0041
No reservations required

Back in April 2005, Babbo listed Grey Dog’s café in our coffee house staff picks, but they are equally skilled in executing the perfect Sunday breakfast – bagel sandwiches and granola create the perfect meal for finishing up the last third of the New York Times.

Mesa Grill
102 Fifth Avenue
212-807-7400
Reservations are accepted

It’s no secret that Bobby Flay’s flagship restaurant offers some of the best regional american fare in the city, but many don’t know that Mesa’s brunch is out of this world. Flay likes to heat up our palates with dishes Spicy chicken sweet potato hash with poached eggs and green chile hollandaise. Yum!

Otto Enoteca Pizzeria
1 Fifth Avenue
212-995-9559
Reservations Accepted

OK, so its not the first place you think of when pondering your Sunday brunch – but consider the pane frattau – Otto’s variation on this Sardegnan shepherd classic. When you think about it, it’s the perfect brunch item – a pizza with an egg on top!

Le Pain Quotidien
Various Locations

After many frustrated attempts to find the perfect soft-boiled egg, my mission was finally achieved at Le Pain Quotidien. Not only do their eggs come out perfectly gooey in all the right places, they’re accompanied by deliciously fresh-baked bread, perfect for cleaning the plate of yolk.

Jane
100 West Houston Street
212-254-7000
Reservations are encouraged

At first glance Jane is the typical brunch spot of the west village – crowded and a bit noisy, but a closer look at the menu and stylish decor and first bite of their amazing omelettes, and a sip of their oh so spicy bloody mary and you’ll find that the crowd is there for a reason.