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Luxurious brunch on a weekday

shopwinedinefine Jul 8, 2008 08:34 AM

My parents will be joining us in NYC, and I know would be interested in a very nice breakfast/brunch. It will need to be on a weekday, so I would guess that we are looking at a hotel somewhere. I think atmosphere will be key for them, but I still want good food! Thanks,

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    kathryn RE: shopwinedinefine Jul 8, 2008 08:40 AM

    Balthazar? It feels more upscale than some of the other weekday breakfast options.

    Other options: Morandi, Sarabeth's (multiple locations), Nice Matin, Clinton St. Baking Co. (not upscale atmosphere though). Norma's (overpriced but great atmosphere).

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      gutsofsteel RE: kathryn Jul 8, 2008 08:45 AM

      In my opinion, none of those are "very nice" or luxurious - they are all quite casual.

      I'd suggest Maze (by Gordon Ramsay) in the London Hotel, or Michael's on 55th St.., or Cafe Sabarsky on 86h & 5th.

    2. Miss Needle RE: shopwinedinefine Jul 8, 2008 08:44 AM

      DB Bistro is open for breakfast.

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        offthebeatenpath1 RE: shopwinedinefine Jul 8, 2008 09:03 AM

        I haven't been to the newly opened version yet, but the Palm Court at the Plaza is definitely a luxurious experience. Not sure how the food is, but be prepared to pay.

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          gutsofsteel RE: offthebeatenpath1 Jul 8, 2008 09:41 AM

          It's a vile, ostentatious, gaudy place and the reviews of the food have been appallingly bad.

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            offthebeatenpath1 RE: gutsofsteel Jul 8, 2008 09:59 AM

            Haha, yes, but tell us how you really feel.

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              shopwinedinefine RE: offthebeatenpath1 Jul 8, 2008 12:21 PM

              I have checked for Maze, and it doesn't look like it is available for brunch on weekdays, I see lunch/dinner menus only.

              How is the food at Michael's?

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          kobetobiko RE: shopwinedinefine Jul 8, 2008 01:03 PM

          If you want really fancy, go to the Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel for breakfast. Just the space itself is worth the trip.

          Of course, you can also return in the afternoon for their famous afternoon tea.

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            MMRuth RE: kobetobiko Jul 8, 2008 01:05 PM

            Have you tried the food since they've reopened? I've not been yet for a meal or tea.


            This didn't inspire me!

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              RGR RE: kobetobiko Jul 8, 2008 01:21 PM

              I mentioned on another thread that a friend of mine had tea in The Palm Court recently. She said it was quite sumptuous and delicious. It doesn't surprise me that the pastries would be first-rate because Nichole Kaplan, formerly of EMP and Del Posto, is the pastry chef.

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                MMRuth RE: RGR Jul 8, 2008 01:21 PM

                Thanks - I'd missed that.

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                  RGR RE: MMRuth Jul 8, 2008 01:41 PM

                  The chef is Didier Virot, whose eponymous restaurant bombed big time! He may have been someplace else after that before landing at FR.OG, where things had not been going well before he left for this current position. From the little I've read about the food at The Palm Court, he may not last long there either.

                  Note: Acc. to this article in the "NY Post," Virot and Kaplan are only chefs for The Palm Court. The Oak Room and Oak Bar are being run by a company called Night Sky Holdings, which formerly operated Windows on the World and The Rainbow Room.


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                    MMRuth RE: RGR Jul 8, 2008 01:45 PM

                    Is the Oak Room open?

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                      RGR RE: MMRuth Jul 8, 2008 04:28 PM

                      Not according to the hotel's website. It says "summer 2008." If the Oak Room were already open, they'd have more info about the restaurant than that.

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                        MMRuth RE: RGR Jul 8, 2008 05:35 PM

                        Thanks - I was being lazy and not looking it up myself!

            2. kcijones001 RE: shopwinedinefine Jul 8, 2008 01:20 PM

              try tavern on the green.

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