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Dan269605 Mar 14, 2012 04:32 PM

Is Norma worth the fuss / cash? If not what would you recommend a great breakfast place? As far as location as long as its in Manhattan that's good enough for now.

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Norma's
118 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

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    kathryn RE: Dan269605 Mar 14, 2012 05:26 PM

    In my experience, not really, though it is quite convenient to Midtown hotels.

    Best weekday breakfasts:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/833022#7140919

    Best weekend brunch:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8317...

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      Dan269605 RE: kathryn Mar 14, 2012 05:39 PM

      Thank you

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      jester99 RE: Dan269605 Mar 15, 2012 07:59 AM

      for midtown and midtown prices, it is solid but not destination/out of your way. The OJ, i think 9 bucks when i went is free on refills so drink up.

      1. sgordon RE: Dan269605 Mar 15, 2012 09:02 AM

        One word answer: No.

        Multi-word answer: The food is fine, but it's not like they do anything to justify charging $20+ for a basic omelette, $16 for a bowl of oatmeal, or $22 for a cheeseburger. Pretty much everything is $5 - $10 more than it should be, for the same quality anywhere else. They're coasting on name recognition and the fact that a lot of tourists just want to go someplace famous near their hotel.

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          RCC RE: sgordon Mar 15, 2012 04:38 PM

          When the size of the omelette is about 2 times the size of a baby's head, then maybe $20 is OK. Lots of hungry tourists hanging out for 30+ minutes and waiting for a table, though. I don't blame them because they'll get hugnry with all the walking that they have to do for the rest of the day. As for me, I'd go elsewhere for better quality foods.

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          Mmmango RE: Dan269605 Mar 18, 2012 09:44 AM

          Another no here. I made the mistake of ordering the cheesesteak crepes, which had diced pickles in them. I hate pickles and was supremely disappointed. Who puts pickles in cheesesteak without warning people? My food was also lukewarm when delivered. With so many places to get great food in NYC, definitely pass.

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