Norma’s

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76 Solid

Known for its $2,000 “Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata,” Norma’s, in Le Parker Meridien hotel, is justifiably famous for its breakfast.

119 W. 56th St., New York, NY, 10019

212-708-7460

http://normasnyc.com

Known For

The lowdown

Norma’s, the casual breakfast and lunch spot at Le Parker Meridien hotel, is probably best known as the home of a $2,000 frittata (eggs, lobster, and 10 ounces of Zevruga caviar — there’s also a $200 version with a solitary ounce of caviar). Whoever Norma is, she certainly knows good PR. Even at lesser prices, the up-sell reigns here: Meals begin with a free shot glass of the day’s smoothie —strawberry-papaya-pineapple, say— and the exhortation to try one in a larger size. With its high ceilings, wood paneling, and silver-edged tables, the dining room, tucked off the side of the lobby, feels airy, modern, and classic all at the same time. The menu is tricked out with cutesy marketing names (like their cheesecake-stuffed Donut Even Go There French Toast) but the dishes—pancakes larded with blueberries and clotted cream; a rustic eggs Benedict with artichoke and porcini-truffle sauce—are like diner food for rock stars. (The lunchtime stuff is good, too, even if it doesn’t have the panache of “Nutella Packed Jacks” with pineapple chunks and raspberries.) Forget the gimmicks and go for the breakfast, for which Norma’s is justifiably famous.

What you need to know

Recommended DishesBlueberry pancakes; egg white frittata; mango-papaya cinnamon crêpes

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized