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Posted by Guests at the Parker Meridien on 04/10/2013
We had a reservation at 1.15 pm, got the table at 2 pm and were served at 2.30 by a stressed waitress who forgot part of our order. The food was average (they give priority to quantity and forget quality). Moreover the place is very noisy and unpleasant, in one word completely overrated.
Posted by MickeyMusca on 04/22/2012
Place was nice but the oatmeal was absolutely unappetizing. It is covered in sugar which made t more a dessert than breakfast. Everyone else's food looked good.
Posted by Brooklyn K. on 03/10/2012
The food is fine but I don't understand what the fuss is about. The atmosphere here is so incredibly cold...from our waiter who seemed to barely speak or appear, to the loud din that is difficult to hear over, to the total lack of a cozy or elegant brunch atmosphere. My hollandaise sauce was ice cold and for the price of brunch there were no bells or whistles...not even a basket of sweet breads or something (you could pay an additional $17 for a small basket in addition to your $20+ omelette). The kicker was after spending $100 on brunch for 3 people, we were asked to leave by the hostess who needed the table. I was there with friends from out of town whom I hadn't seen in 5 years! Not REMOTELY the level of graciousness you would get from say, a Four Seasons. This place needs some lessons in grace and class.
Posted by Steven S. Danetz on 04/10/2011
Took my girlfriend here for her birthday. Everything was amazing. We live in NY and are accustomed to the NYC brunch scene. Food is definitely over priced, but go for a special occasion in place of dinner and its worth every penny. Defintely recommend the eggs and Crispy French Toast for a delicious dessert. Apparently the chocolate french toast is good (next time I guess). Beware of the coffee and juice though!
Posted by OLM on 02/05/2011
I was extremely disappointed with my overall experience. Below is a list of reasons as to why Norma's was not quite that five star restaurant I thought that it was: 1). The hostess dropped the menu so decided she would KICK it underneath something 2). We were informed that they do not take substitutions (ie. steak temperature or how eggs were cooked). 3). Took a long time to get our 1st course. 2nd course came right after, and 3rd course was never served until we asked for and paid the check and informed the waiter - who initially looked annoyed then mumbled an excuse that made no sense. Not once did he apologize or inform us that the food was coming. And he had the audacity to look annoyed when we stopped him to tell him that we never got our third course. 4). The waiter served water to the table behind us, didn't have enough glasses and grabbed a glass off of OUR table in the middle of our 2nd course. For a four or five star restaurant, this was truly unacceptable. We spent more time waiting for service than eating. Never again. If I based this review soley on food (which is what I would have done in the past), it would have three stars. It was good - but not great. And definitely not worth the amount that they charge. For a lot less, I have eaten much better food. We did go during restaurant week so it was definitely worth it to eat there, but if I had to go again and experience the horrible and bizarre service, I do not think I would - even to eat there during restaurant week.
Posted by acurtis on 12/30/2010
The food brought me back time after time despite the absolutely horrific service I received at this brunch spot. My most recent trip broke the camel's back and I'll never come back to Norma's. Waited an extra 15 minutes for my reservation, excessive waits for cold food, and my waiter was a ghost for the meal. For the extreme prices, I can name tons of better brunch spots with far better service. SKIP... Wouldn't go even if they gave me the 1K omelete for free
Posted by anonymous on 02/18/2010
i went with several friends to have breakfast, when we just sat down, immediately a waiter came over to our table to ask us if we want orange juice, sure why not, and then some coffee, when i started looking at the menu, i discovered that this "freshly squeezed" orange juice costs 9 dollars, and the orange juice was in a big jug waiting to pour to any customer's glass, how fresh could that be, and almost every table has someone drinking the juice, i just don't think this is a good practice for the waiter to kind of force customers to order the juice, well not really force, but they didn't have time to think what else they want, and later found out that this costs 9 dollars, i just don't think this is a good practice for a restaurant. the food was only ok and the coffee tastes like water with bitter taste, and no service at all.