by Kimberly Rae Miller

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If you’re looking for a new spot to indulge in a long and lazy weekend meal, one high-end haunt may be your best bet.

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Asellina is a fixture of the new Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel, which opened last September as an attempt to appeal to a new, more mature and leisure-loving audience. The Flatiron venue just launched a “Bellini Quartino” prix-fixe  brunch for $28 per person every Saturday & Sunday.

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The meal includes a basket of fresh pastries for the table, a choice of one  Dolce,  Uova, or Flatbread Pizze entrée, along with additional a la carte options. The star and namesake of the meal is the Bellini Qaurtino, a quartino of Prosecco with three flavors of fresh fruit juice (Peach, Guava, and Raspberry).

There is a full wine list and cocktail menu to choose from, all staying true to the Italian inspired menu of Executive Chef Marco Porceddu.  Beware: the cocktails are strong.

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Olive Garden this is not — as far as food goes, you won’t find any fettuccini alfredo on the menu. You will, however, find a menu that takes full advantage of seasonal fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, and homemade pasta.

Live Jazz music ups the ambiance starting at noon. An enclosed, vine-covered patio provides all the perks of warm weather without exposing your mother to the honking, smoking, and exhaust fumes typical of sidewalk seating.

As far as bars go, we recommend this as a great after-work haunt. Unlike its sister Gansevoort hotels, the Asellina bar caters to a slightly more conservative crowd.  (Ladies, if you’re looking to scope out some men in suits, there is definitely a testosterone-heavy patronage).  You will find the bar to be packed — and don’t be surprised, ladies, if you are just one among the herd of gents.

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In addition to the main bar area, there is a lounge for more intimate sipping, and as the weather continues to warm be sure to ask about the patio—it’s beautiful, but not easily spotted from the bar. And it won’t be cheap — cocktails go for $14 apiece.  There’s a DJ on hand to control the mood Wednesday through Sunday nights.

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420 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016