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Posted by Susan York on 09/26/2010
Brunch at the Waldorf Astoria's "Peacock Alley" is not for the faint of heart or those with light wallets. At $95 per person plus tax and tip, it is - in fact - one of the most expensive brunch experiences in NYC - if not in the entire United States. Is it worth it? For a once in a while, special occasion treat - yes! Brunch is served in the lobby by the clock. Some find this uncomfortable, personally, I could care less - I am there to eat and if people have nothing better to do than watch me eat - then gawk away! And, I happen to love having piano music in the background as you dine - just adds a something "something" to the experience. Come hungry. This buffet is huge and not for the light eater. Food choices range from Eggs Benedict with lobster and filet mignon to Belgian waffles and crepes. If you are a seafood lover - you're in luck there is a raw shellfish bar with clams, oysters, shrimps and crabs. And to top it all off your Mimosa or Bloody Mary is included. Overall, the food quality ranges from good to very good. It's not something you would want to do on a weekly basis or even monthly basis, but, for a special occasion such as an anniversary or birthday or to start or cap off a stay in NYC it's hard to beat. Are there restaurants with better quality food for a lot less money? Absolutely. You're largely paying for atmosphere here, but, one thing is guaranteed - it is an experience you don't soon forget and I meant this in the most positive of ways. Everyone who can afford it should have this experience at least once in their life. It's a truly "civilized" experience.
Posted by anonymous on 11/15/2009
If you don't mind waiting in a LINE for 30+ minutes to get a table in spite of having a reservation, then you might be happy with it. Otherwise, if unhelpful uncourteous staff turns you off, I would suggest skipping it completely. The brunch was set up in the hotel lobby which was very strange in my opinion. Personally I don't like seeing hoards of people walking past my table while I'm eating. Also, the hotel staff blatantly seated people who arrived later ahead of us. This is not the service that one would expect at a first class hotel. I will never go here again.
Posted by Manish Mehta on 10/29/2009
Took a client to breakfast here, and it was the worst experience ever. The juice is canned, not fresh squeezed (and this is the Waldorf?). The berries were clearly not fresh (frozen). A simple order of toast, fried eggs and berries took 30 minutes to arrive (I guess the berries needed to thaw!). And for this quality of food and slow service, I paid $110! I have have taken my guest to any diner close by.
Posted by Ct. weekender on 09/21/2009
How does one define luxury in the Big Apple being THE center of the world and having the best of the best at our feet ? Well if it took you a week and started on a Sunday begin with brunch at The Waldorf. I mean we're talking a large tin of Malassol caviar with multi selections of cured salmons and fish to begin with along with lobster,crab and other delicacies of the sea. Move onto the array of beautifully arranged salads and then to the crepe station alongside the omlette/eggs benedict table - made to order. My guest enjoyed mixed berries wrapped in a feather light crepe whereas I opted for the superb buttery eggs benedict. Further on there were 2 kinds of quiche baked in individual serving pies. Along with this there were generous servings of 2 kinds of sausage , cobb smoked bacon and fluffy pancakes and french toast- don't forget the warm real maple syrup and creamery butter. As we washed down our first 2 visits with mimosas & fresh brewed coffee we contemplated the cheeses as our intermezzo before moving on to peking duck, beef wellington, stuffed chicken on a bed of saute leeks,baked salmon to name a few of the entrees. If one is in the mood for soup, the lobster bisque was piping hot for the go . Waldorf mash potatoes along with a selection of 4 other sides complimented your brunch meat course. Oh, did I mention the selection of breads upon breads with rolls, muffins and the like? For dessert as you hobble from your table we could not decide from the multi selections of art as we sampled the chocolate fondue fountain with assorted fruits, marshmallows & rich pound cake to sopp up the oozing chocolate. As we walked away trays of yogurt and granola w/ mixed berries were being replenished and replenished was the word for it all as it went on and on while the later brunch time patrons arrived all the while everything looking like it had just been put out ! BEAUTIFUL ! And so we left after 2 1/2 hours of sheer luxury and worth every dollar because we're not talking pennies here. Kudos to the best brunch of apples on a Sunday in The Big Apple !
Posted by Living in NY on 03/30/2008
I attend the restaurant sunday brunch in february with my wife and in-laws. We were not sure what to expect but with the high price tag our hopes were high. We were able to park the car on a street adjacent to lexington Avenue. To our surprise, the brunch was displayed in the huge lobby of the hotel around a tall clock. we were seated right the way in a dining room behind the bar. We were served a glass of champagne to start and then we walked back to the lobby where the food is displayed. The place was busy, but they keep replenishing the food. Basically there is a chef behind each food station. You can choose as much as you want from a large selection of salmon, meat, seafood, crab legs, lobster. I had the chef preparing an egg benedict with filet mignon and another one preparing waffles with red fruits for us. The deserts table was incredible. We stayed for about 2 hours. It was quiet an experience. I highly recommend the place for the food, the location and to impress others.
Posted by So Disappointed on 08/16/2007
A Thursday night dinner disaster; the waiter made 3 errors, wine glasses were never removed after cocktails were ordered, and our water glasses were not filled unless reminded. Unfortunately the food, while tasty and fresh, was not extraordinary and could not make up for the rest of the experience. On a happier note, I can report that the chairs were incredibly comfortable, but again, furniture cannot make up for the fact that we left the restaurant with the impression that the old charm of the Alley between the Waldorf and Astoria has worn away.
Posted by Thomas P. Y. on 12/28/2006
I was concerned before making my reservations, because of the on line reviews about "Faded glory" and" dirty floors". However upon entering the hotel I was pleased by its beauty and cleanliness. When reaching Peacock alley restaurant I was greeted by a courteous professional. We were seated, and our waiter who was truly interested in serving our needs was fantastic. We both chose the "Tasting menu",.It was fantastic, in fact the entire experence was wonderful! If you pushed me to say what I did not like I would say it was a little pricey. Overall I give Peacock alley restaurant and staff FIVE STARS! It was a true Christmas treat!