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Posted by Happy Girl on 06/29/2008
I'll start by saying don't go here unless you're prepared to spend some $ on brunch, but if you are it will be delicious. I am usually an omelet person for breakfast but thier sweet picks looked too good to pass up. I had the crunchy french toast, which was delicious and the table's favorite. My favorite, however, was my friend's bana and macadamia nut pancakes, which were huge asnd full of bananas and simply amazing. I will need to try their omelet and frittata next time I am there, but I was not a fan of my best friend's huevos rancheros, too much cheese and not enough flavor. My other fiend's breakfast quesadilla was yummy, he loved it, but I thought their omeletes, which I did not get to try, looked amazing. Also, if you're going to get the orange juice be prepared to drink lots to get your money's worth or maybe split one with a friend. The smoothies are good, coffee was average despite the french press. The presentations are great, a girl at a nearby table got the chocolate french toast which looked like a huge piece of cake with strawberries...can't go wrong there.
Posted by missegee on 05/31/2008
and the food is amazing to boot. I pondered that my Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fantasies might be ruined when everyone in my party ordered something involving chocolate, we feared the possibility that one could have too much. However, none of us were disappointed, the presentation is spectacular and the food will make you a straight up chocoholic if you weren't already. As Arnold Schwarzeneggar, once said "I'll be back".
Posted by Anonymous on 05/27/2008
I've been living in Manhattan for 10 years now and have enjoyed incredibly well uted meals over this timeframe but I must say this meal was not one of them. Norma's has been on my dine list for quite some time so when my husband and I were able to get a reservation for brunch we jumped at the opportunity. Everything from the food, service and atmosphere was extremely disappointing. The restaurant is essentially in the lobby of the hotel and the room itself is cold and uninviting. The food is sub par at best and the service is below average. This is my first review of all the NYC restaurants I have been to while living here because I felt compelled to advise diners to save their money and enjoy a "real" NYC restaurant and not this tourist gimmick.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/13/2008
Breakfast at Norma's is fantastic. It might be the best breakfast you'll ever experience in your life. Prices are a bit steep, but hey, this is Manhattan.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/20/2008
Norma's has exceeded all my expectations and more. By far the best brunch in NYC. The food, service and portions definitely justify the prices. Will be back soon!
Posted by vandyman81 on 12/29/2007
I was very disappointed with my experience. The food was pretty good, and the presentation was great, but $6 for one glass of ice tea is insane. I am used to NY prices and have no problem paying for nice meals, but $6 for a non-alcoholic beverage is ridiculous. The food prices were ok, but I was a little offended at the price of the tea. The place is also full of tourists (although somewhat expected, as it is in a hotel lobby). The tables are cramped, and the atmosphere is lacking.
Posted by Eve on 12/17/2007
I have eaten at Norma's several times and have never been disappointed. The portions are quite large (you do get your money's worth), and the food is a treat for both the eyes and the palate. I highly recommend the Waz-Za, a sort of neo-waffle that runneth over with fruit and a kind of curiously delicious bruleed yogurt. Most of the menu consists of similar cutesy-decadent subversions of old classics--kooky french toasts and diverse takes on eggs benedict give basic breakfast food a nice upmarket kick, and the menu's flip sense of humor helps to keep all this edginess lighthearted. The presentation is universally beautiful--the food is so artistic that you almost don't want to dig in (almost). Norma's being so popular, it is sometimes hard to catch and keep a waiter's attention--and the wait for food will often stretch past thirty minutes. Don't eat here if you have to make a meeting.