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Posted by Lauren on 12/28/2005
Portions are generous, but food quality is low especially for the prices that are charged. Service was not good. We were seatly promptly but it took 15 minutes for a waiter to show up to take our orders and only after we waved a waiter down. It then took another 30 minutes for our food to appear, with no explanations or apologies on the delay of why others seated after us and had their orders taken after ours were served first. The only thing that was prompt was when the waiter came to clear our table and promptly served us the bill after we chewed on our food for 30 minutes. And even then, I was still eating and had to tell them to clear others first. Overall - a disappointment considering the hype, the prices charged, and the location. Not what we expected from a restaurant inside Le Parker Meridien.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/19/2005
I love Norma's so much. It is seriously the best breakfast I've ever had. It is a little expensive but worth it. Their daily smoothy is delicious and the Wa-zza waffle and eggs benedict are my favorite.
Posted by alpinebomber on 06/18/2005
My friend had bacon and eggs...um, $18? I had norma's eggs benny and crepes with mango/papayas, also about $18/ea. The hollandaise was tangy (not a good thing) and the crepe too sweet - I was sucking water the whole time...these dishes are worth about a third of that price. The potatoes that came with the savory dishes were pretty poor...all of these dishes were average hotel room service quality...my friend and I just wanted to have breakfast together. Prior reviews complained about the wait and service - ever heard of reservations? Service was above average...you get the vibe you send...I've never had bad service...most waiters are decent people with a sensitive poserometer.
Posted by JD on 05/21/2005
I've been to Norma's before and always found it an enjoyable dining experience... until today. We had friends staying at the Parker Meridian so we thought it would be nice for 6 of us to have brunch. After being told that our table was "paying", and then "being cleaned", we sat 30 minutes after our reservation time. When we sat, we waited 15 minutes to order beverages. Once we received them, we ordered. Then we waited 40 minutes for our food after ordering and when it arrived, 5 of the 6 entrees were cold (all pancakes). The waiter grudgingly took them back ot the kitchen. When they returned, it was obvious four were reheated in the microwave and the fifth was still cold. To make up for the wait, the waiter mumbled something and dropped off a fruit plate for table to enjoy. Meanwhile, no new coffee or orange juice was offered to the table. When we finished this overpriced brunch, we asked to speak to the manager. The "assistant manager" came over and said he was sorry. When the bill came, we hoped some amends would have been made - end result: One entree was comped. When we walked out, we made our displeasure known again about the service and the seeming disregard for guest satisfaction. IMHO, when your party is spending $150 on brunch (!) you would hope the service, food, and experience would match the expected value. In this case, Norma's failed and I recommend all chowhounds (you know who you are!) to find a better place for brunch. Obviously, I will not be dining at Norma's again!
Posted by Lanette on 04/14/2005
I read about this place and just tried it when I was in NY last week. I went at about noon on a Wednesday, so there wasn't a wait. The prices are incredibly high considering it is breakfast, but the food was DELISH! I would suggest eating here to anyone, in fact I have told everyone in ear shot about it since I returned home. It is true that you could share because the portions are huge, but do go! I had the Krispy French Toast that was cover in rice krispies then drenched with caramel. Sinful and soooo good!
Posted by Kramer on 03/13/2005
Norma's has the best blueberry pancakes that I have eaten in New York so far. Not only does she bake blueberries into the batter (which is the correct way to serve blueberry pancakes--not just dumping some plain blueberries on top of plain pancakes, which many places unfortunately do), but she tops the pancakes with a sweet blueberry compote. You barely need the maple syrup that comes with them in order to enjoy them.
Posted by lutece on 02/21/2005
Love the food here, the wait is always long but worth it in the long run. Love the coffee and the frozen fresh fruit smoothies they give you with your breakfast, also the fresh oj. We always try to share dishes are big enough for 2, this way it is not that expensive. Try the waffles with the fruit, wasa i think waffles...excellent Also, the macadamia pancakes...even the lunch items looked interesting like the salads etc....All in all, the best breakfast in NY, with good service and a nice atmosphere but unfortunately a much too long wait to get in.