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I’m a college student in Manhattan. My parents are visiting from Korea in two weeks, and they want to go out for late lunch in Manhattan on Saturday and meet my boyfriend. The only problem is that my mother and father’s tastes differ drastically. My mother hates greasy, heavy food and prefers vegetables, while my father likes ... greasy, heavy food. I’m looking for a relatively quiet place to eat that can satisfy both of their tastes. It would also be nice to dine al fresco, since the weather is warming up again!
Meeting the parents, wow. Congrats! Let’s find you the perfect place that sets the right tone and is sure to please both your parents so you don’t have to worry about anyone being grouchy from the start. Which, in my opinion, is vegetarian-friendly Narcissa in the East Village.
Come Saturday brunch, the magical outdoor garden area at Narcissa — full of lush greenery, quirky sculptures, bright colors, and comfortable seating — is where you want to be. Besides the enchanting space, the menu is designed to satisfy all, from the more peckish like your mom to the heartier eaters like your dad.
Perhaps your mom could opt for the poached eggs over avocado toast, or maybe the chanterelle mushroom and swiss chard frittata. Your dad, on the other hand, could dig into some biscuits with sausage gravy or try the huevos rancheros. Your boyfriend should get whatever dish one of them can’t choose between.
One thing is for sure, though: You should all definitely start with a round of bellinis. Best of luck with your future endeavors, DD.