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Posted by mgp on 11/27/2007
Norma's was recommended by our concierge for the second time, so we thought we would finally try it out. It was just okay. Have had better breakfast/brunches in SOHO.... My food was good, but nothing to wow about. My husband didn't like the coffee nor his breakfast. The smoothies was a nice touch. Glad we went though it was a new place to try out.
Posted by Breakfast Person on 11/26/2007
As a local, I was not so impressed by Norma's. My boyfriend and I had reservations and were seated promptly, but once seated we received poor service, having to ask for coffee and did not receive much attention at all from our waiter. The orange juice was bitter so the free refills did not impress us. The banana-macadamia pancakes and the crispy french toast were good, but far from what I would expect for $17/entree. I will give the chef credit for being inventive, but not exceptional. I can normally tolerate a sweet breakfast, but this was just over-the-top too sweet. I am not opposed to paying higher prices for a great experience or meal, but I can't figure out what justifies the high prices at Norma's because it is certainly not the food, service or atmosphere. I'm glad I went just to say "been there, done that", but I won't be returning.
Posted by Car & Jar on 10/30/2007
Be sure to make a reservation, because you will need it- especially on a sunday moring/afternoon. The food is simply delicious. They borought complimentary smoothie shots to the table. The omlettes and waffles w/ fruit were to die for. We also got the hot chocolate w/ marshmallows and churros...no words! Our server was kimberly and she was awesome. It was one of the best brunches we have ever had in NYC
Posted by ac on 06/24/2007
I took my Mother here for her Birthday and every dish had by my party was wonderful. Even the coffee was good. The best breakfast in Midtown. Out waiter was very pleseant and efficent. The only thing negative experience was the wait. If you are on a schedule, allow another 45 min for the wait.
Posted by Food Auditor on 06/17/2007
As someone who frequently goes to Norma's for breakfast I can comfortably say that this is the best breakfast in the city. I highly recomend that everyone orders the freshly squeezed orange juice, some of the best that I have had, and yes for $7 you do get free refills. Every entree that I have tried has been excellent and I have yet to find and item on their menu that does not live up to expectations. The prices are a little high but are well deserved considering that it is gourmet food and you are in NYC. The service is a little rushed but I find the waiters to be very nice and helpful. As far as making reservations go, I always reserve via opentable and have had to wait a maximum of 15 min. for my table. It was ok since I had been warned by the mater dei when I had called to confirm my reservation.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/13/2007
Took my mom here for Mother's Day brunch this past Saturday. It was awesome. She loved it, I loved it, and my husband loved it. A little bit higher priced than many neighborhood brunch joints even for Manhattan but well worth it. The portions were amazingly large too. I ordered the "Waz za" waffles. Absolutely delicious. It was so filling I couldn't even finish it. Note, they don't take reservations over the phone, only via the internet.
Posted by Doctorted on 04/17/2007
Located in the soaring, grand lobby of the Parker Meridien Hotel, you feel as if youv are in a Greek or Roman temple with its massive and tall limestone columns and marble and granite floors. Space is bright and flooded with natural light but very sparsely furnished,sterile and drafty. The restaurant itself is a bit more inviting with cherry wood walls and big, widely spaced tables. Service was adequate. A bit of fruit smoothie in a shot glass is presented at seating. Norma's defines itself as a breakfast/lunch/brunch place; however the odd thing is that they dont present a bread basket unless you request it. I found this odd. When I asked the waiter for bread, he offered several options and we selected the 7 grain. It comes with a nice assortment of jellies, jams and sweet butter. Warm and nutty, it was excellent. My gf wanted the lemonade, but was informed it was not fresh squeezed as the OJ, which was excellent; plus you get unlimited refills. Mains were Chicken Caeser Salad which was good but chicken was a bit dry. The other main was foie gras on brioche with mushrooms and asparagus. Brioche was at least 2 inches thick. This dish was very rich and filling. Both main portions were very large and we each took half home. For desert we shared the fresh fruit ring which had a nice mixture. The best part of the meal for me was a the thick delicious hot chocolate which came with a large side of fresh sweetened whip cream. Very luscious. For a nice brunch with an innovative, whimsical menu, Norma's offers a somewhat different but fun and enjoyable dining experience.