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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.
Posted by NJBeetle on 04/09/2007
Had reservations for Norma's and arrived 15 minutes early only to end up waiting a total of 45 minutes. Waiting area was packed. Once seated our waitress acted like she worked in a diner not this pricey spot. Waited 30 minutes for food from the time we ordered. Food did arrive looking great and the first few bites were excellent, but eventually the sweetness of everything was overwhelming. I had Mandarin French Toast and it was sickeningly sweet. And the fruit were not fresh as everthing else was. Smoothies were excellent. OJ was excellent. Overall it was an interesting experience but definitely not something I'd do again. All four people in my group felt the same way. Good, but not the best as we had read about.
Posted by Genuine Patron on 04/08/2007
I went to there for brunch, and it was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!! The people watching was a bonus!! I am glad we went anyway, even though some of the more recent reviews almost scared me away. I had the Egg's Benedict made with smoked salmon - DELICIOUS! We got a Waz-a for the table (I don't know if I spelled that correctly, but it was SO good!). I also got a tast of the mango-papaya crepes - also absolutely delicious! We were seated within 5 minutes of our confirmed time. Our waiter was courteous and prompt. Meal was delivered quickly. We just didn't see any of the negative thing people have complained about. I'm glad we went, and I can't wait to go back!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/24/2007
Wow...I came here for sunday brunch and it was PHENOMINAL!!!! We made reservations (which are pretty important b/c my brother tells me you will wait for 2 hrs if you do not) and were promptly seated. The atmosphere of this place was modern and very nice but not stuffy and uncomfortable. If you get the orange juice, you get FREE refills (yay!!!). My bf got the quiche which was pretty good. The pastry crust was light, flaky and just right. I ordered one of Norma's recommendations (they are in orange on the menu) and it was RIDICULOUSLY FANTASTIC! It was the "artichoyked benedict" and WOW!!! Instead of having the english muffin, Norma's replaced it with artichoke hearts. Also, Norma's did not use hollindaise sauce and did some kind of porcini truffle cream sauce which enhanced all the flavors of the dish and was creamy but not too rich. It was.....WOW...I can't describe it. I was VERY satisfied and would HIGHLY recommend this place to people for brunch. I agree with the reviews in that, Norma's IS the best place in NYC for brunch!!! :)
Posted by Anonymous on 12/25/2006
Went there yesterday (Christmas Eve Day) with my wife to start off a special holiday day. I ordered the banana walnut flap jack which was very tasty... more banana would make it terrific. My wife had the flat crab cake. She said it was rather dry. Overall, the prices are more outstanding than the food. However, the real disappointment was our waiter. He asked if we wanted coffee/tea at the start. We declined as we typically have this after we eat. So, during the middle of our meal as the table beside us was being cleared/prepared for new guests he came and took our coffee cups/saucers and placed them on the table being set for new guests. Couldn't walk ten feet to the bus station for cup/saucers? That is just an example of his caliber of service. We were never asked if we wanted coffee/tea again... which we did but could not wait to be set free from his torturous service and get coffee elsewhere. Will not go back to Norma's. It is an over rated cafeteria setup with the lowest level of service for the highest prices. I suggest you go to Telepan for a great/special brunch!!!!
Posted by Foodie Gal on 11/05/2006
I took my family here for brunch today before a Broadway show...my second visit. It was absolutely delicious! We had the mango crepes, the Norma's benedict, salads, potato pancakes and the fresh squeezed juice and french drip coffee...it was all amazing! . A bit pricy at first glance, but the portions are very large and the food is absolutely delicious. We will definitely be going back. As a local New Yorker it is so nice to have a "go to" place to take out-of-towners for brunch. MAKE RESERVATIONS!
Posted by Kramer on 10/31/2006
One thing I learned after having the $7.00 orange juice the first time I went to Norma's is that they offer free refills (as most places do with coffee). I guess the waiters are discouraged from telling you this. So the $7.00 for unlimited OJ isn't such a bad deal after all. I do not order it because, having lived in Southern California for 3 years, there is no way you are going to get as terrific a glass of OJ in NYC as you can in Los Angeles.