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Posted by GT on 07/08/2012
My boyfriend and I are New Yorkers, who spent the night at the Waldorf Astoria as a birthday celebration. We could have gone anywhere for brunch the next day but went to Oscar's. The selection was outstanding: dozens of different baked goods, all baked on the premises; a half dozen types of fruit, all perfectly ripe and fresh; several different types of sausages as well as other breakfast meats including salmon; blintzes, smoothies, granola, hot meals including Asian dumplings and congee as well as egg dishes and a number of different salads. Everything was excellent and a number of dishes were interesting and unexpected. The staff was attentive and friendly, pouring fresh squeezed orange juice and asking whether we wanted refills of coffee. The only problem was stopping when we were stuffed, despite the fact that we were tempted by other things we hadn't tried. The price may be a little high, but considering the temptation to run amok and stuff oneself with everything in sight, it's understandable.
Posted by bruncher on 07/13/2010
$28 will get you either the salad bar or the hot food bar, but not both. The hot food bar doesn't have a lot of selection and what it does have isn't particularly appealing. Does egg corn casserole sound good to you? How about leftover vegetable egg white cakes? I didn't think so...
Posted by Anonymous on 12/21/2009
We went to Oscar's with my 11 year old nephews for brunch before a show at the Waldorf. Despite having the menu faxed to us ahead of time (which had both breakfast and lunch options on it), there was no menu when we got there, only a lunch buffet. The food choices were limited and tasteless. After chasing down the manager, we managed to get two bowls of plain spaghetti from room service for my nephews, who are picky eaters. Then we saw another table with chicken fingers for their children, so we asked the manager how we could get those. He responded, "I have no idea how they got chicken fingers" and walked away. This place is overpriced, snooty, and the food is not good.
Posted by Beenster on 02/04/2009
I would definitely not recommend this restaurant. The food was bland and hardly edible. My overpriced salad actually tasted like plastic wrap which leads me to believe it was sitting in a fridge wrapped in plastic. The crab cake (singular) was pretty good, but not worth the $16. The only positive was the friendly waiter - I think he felt bad for us
Posted by fjane37 on 01/14/2008
We came here for brunch. The place was teeming (it was three days after Christmas) and although I told the waiter we had a reservation, he shooed us off in the direction of the queue. Since when did people with reservations have to stand in line? Having determined that the other people queuing had not booked, we checked that the maitre d' understood the situation she said that the table wasn't ready yet, but she would come and get us. She made us wait a further 10 minutes I went to complain and was told off for doing so. Finally, when we were shown to our seats, she announced sarcastically, 'three minutes late not so bad really, is it?' Clearly she was stressed by the crowds, but I just want to warn people what this place can be like. ALSO: big warning: they come around with pots of coffee and OJ and you say yes please – next thing you know, that's $20 a head whacked onto your bill. Ouch. And the coffee's coffee shop standard. That said, the eggs Benedict were very good, and the OJ freshly squeezed. But any sense that you are eating out in elegant surroundings is undermined by the relentless conveyor belt of comings and goings leisurely it is not. Aside from that first waiter and the maitre d', the staff were courteous, but by then I already had a bad taste in my mouth. My advice: avoid busy periods, and study the menu carefully for hidden costs before accepting anything offered.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/23/2007
We ate here the end of October. Wanted to eat somewhere close to our hotel after a long day of sightseeing and where we didn't have to dress up. Oscar's was recommended. We didn't expect much, especially after seeing the interior, but we were pleasantly surprized. The salad was crisp and fresh, and our dinners great. I had their signature veal oscar - veal tender, crabcakes were best I'd had outside of Maryland and asparagus crisp. My husband had their Brandt beef steak- all natural- excellent. Would definitely return!
Posted by Loves to eat out on 03/13/2007
We came for restaurant week but instead decided to do the lunch buffet for $27. The lunch buffet had 6 or 7 salads, filet mignon, roasted salmon with grilled vegetables, a chicken with olives dish, the famous Waldorf salad along with spicy chicken salad and more. There was also a wonderful Manhattan clam chowder. The best part though was the dessert table which was filled with luscious desserts. You just can`t imagine the food until you see it in person. The wait staff was also very knowledgeable and helpful as well as very friendly. Our waitress even brought us a to go box so that we could take home some of the meringues that just melt on your tongue. I highly highly recommend this place. Everyone should eat here at least once.