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upscale brunch in nyc

I'm spending 3 nights in Matthattan from the 11th May to celebrate my birthday and visit my son, who is doing a Mountbatten internship.
I would like to go somewhere special for brunch - Sunday?, ideally somewhere that does a buffet style, preferably with wine/champagne included
I assume most big hotels will do this but where would you recommend? - travel around Mahantten is not a problem and haven't booked hotel yet

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  1. we've been to the one at the Marquis Marriot in the Theater District a few years ago. A huge buffet, many stations and the restaurant revolves. The food was delicious and decadent. It is not cheap - maybe $45.00/pp.

    1. Tell me why you're interested in a buffet...I'm puzzled?

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      1. re: LFeinberg

        because when I visited my son at university in Hong kong 3 years ago he really wanted me to go to some hotel that did a buffet - it is not what i would normally choose but this particular hotel - and i can't remember the name, had some amazing stuff, mostly seafood, freshly cooked to order by many chefs
        I have looked at the Marquis since recieving the recommendation - but its booked out for sunday brunch as its mothers day - I did look at dinner menus at the new york tasting menu looks good - i'm a bit torn between the exicitment of revolving restaurants and doing the touristy thing and just finding somewhere good - some Auckland friends took me up the sky tower just before chistmas last year and whilst the views were specutacular the food, while ok, didn't quite match
        I was drwn to brunch also as its often a good deal - so any recommendations for good special places for lunch are very welcome

        1. re: cathya

          Brunch is my favorite meal, but I haven't seen or been to a place that serves it's brunch buffet style. I think there are much better places to eat than the Marriott Marquis. If you're interested in not doing the buffet thing, let us know and we will find you an amazing alternative.

          1. re: cathya

            I don't think there's a brunch buffet in the US can compare to the one you went to in hong kong. even the high end hotels in Vietnam have a brunch spread that make the Marquis look like the salad bar at Sonnys BBQ. For a buffet brunch in NYC, i don't think you'd be getting a good deal for the price you'd be paying. I agree with kathryn on Balthazar. And you could order 3-4 entrees and pay about as much as you'd be paying at the Marquis. you'd go away full and much more satisfied.

        2. How about the Sunday brunch at Peacock Alley in the Waldorf=Astoria? It never disappoints me.

          http://www.peacockalleyrestaurant.com...

          1. are you committed to a buffet? because there are SO many great non buffet places in the city.

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            1. I would love an alternative or two!!!

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              1. re: cathya

                Norma's at Le Parker Meridien Hotel is a fantastic upscale locale for brunch.

                1. re: LFeinberg

                  My experiences with Norma's so far are a bit inconsistent. Have I been unlucky?