119 W. 56th St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Sixth Ave.
By dreamer321 on 7/28/2012
I was rudely told that a table for one would be a 45 minute wait, even though the party of 4 and the party of 2 in front of me were seated right away, and there was no one else in line, or standing around. Yes, the tables were mostly full, but many parties were nearing completion of their meal. It seemed that a table for "1" was not welcomed; I may be reading too much into this, but that's what I got from the facial expressions and body language. I went out of my way to go here on my last day in NYC, because of the fabulous reviews, and as a young widow, it is hard to go alone places. These people are snoots. On the other hand, a crowded diner down the street called the Park Cafe seated me right away and offered good food and very kind, friendly, and personal service.
By bookseller on 10/1/2010
I had breakfast at Norma's several years ago, and though it was ridiculously immense, it was also insanely good. Them days is gone. The sausage and blueberry jam are as good as I remember, as is the smoothie-of-the-day. But at breakfast this morning, the toast was soggy and just barely warm, the butter too cold to spread on the toast, the French toast (on huge slabs of baguette, rather than the advertised brioche) merely egg-drenched bread, utterly innocent of a frying pan, and the only potatoes on offer, rather than the truly great home fries that used to be available, were boiled. Just boiled. No butter, no onion, no salt, nothing. I'm glad the waiter took them off the bill when I complained, but I would rather have had good potatoes. It's not often I treat myself to a really indulgent breakfast, and I'm sorry that I can no longer do it at Norma's.
By DMANBURGER on 12/21/2009
DMANBURGER “Norma’s” http://dmanburger.wordpress.com/2009/11/15/dmanburger/ November 15, 2009 dmanburger Edit Leave a comment Go to comments Norma’s at Le Parker Meridien: Applewood smoked bacon burger…at $22.00 kind of pricey for a burger !! the smokey flavor of the bacon and the firm, yet softness of the bun was at first worth the $22.00, but then as I continued eating, I thought about so many other burgers in this great city of New York that were at the very least comparable, but not so heavy on the pocket !! definately food for thought !!
By jdpepper on 12/6/2009
The first pot of coffee was cold. The second was tepid and bitter. So, I switched to cappuccino and to my surprise it was bad too. We were a party of three seated at a table for two. The waiter was so rude, that it was more like a comedy sketch than a real experience. My wife ordered plain oatmeal, but they decided to add milk and sugar. The food really seems quite good, but a $100 breakfast for three should have great coffee and great service just to be in the game.
By lcz on 2/2/2009
Norma's is a glorified diner. However, we were appalled by the amount of wasted food we saw during our 2 hour sitting- every plate had at least 1/3 to even 2/3 of the food leftover because of the enormous portion they serve, yet none of the wait staff informed their customer of such. They may have to justify a $22 omelette (which we shared and still had some leftover) but Norma is making money by asking its customers to pay for unwanted food.
By jennykim1124 on 4/15/2008
not worth the hassle
By emily300 on 3/4/2008
I went to Norma's after hearing all of the hype about their brunch. From beginning to end, I was disappointed. The service was terrible. My friend had to send her food back because it was so over salted, and after 30 minutes of waiting and speaking with a manager, her food finally arrived. I try new brunch places every weekend, and this was truly one of the worst experiences i've had in a while.
By Singwithme123 on 6/18/2007
I'm a Tennessee girl, and I was told, "Brunch is a religion here. We don't go to church on Sunday mornings - We go to brunch." I had a reservation for one at 8:45 AM, and was seated promptly. I was quickly greeted with the offer of coffee and OJ . The OJ cost $7.... OJ is much cheaper in Tennessee... Then I read through the menu options. I had a very looooong time to read... I could have memorized the menu in the time allotted.... Finally!!! A waiter stopped and asked me if I was ready to order! Since he was obviously in a huge hurry caring for more important customers than me, I quickly replied that I wanted the Cheesy French Toast, and he scampered away..... The food was incredible! Two thick slices of bread grilled to perfection, with gobs of melted cheese oozing out. It was exquisite - Cheese heaven. However, it was probably TOO much cheese... The fingerling potatoes were yummy dipped in the cheese. The bacon was nothing special - Flabby for my taste. My waiter never returned after delivering the food except to deliver the check...
By brestes on 1/4/2007
The wait was roughly 40 minutes to be seated. Groups of two are squeezed into a ridiculously tight space in the middle of the restaurant. The tables for four appear to be much better. We were seated for an hour before we received our food. My wife's blueberry pancakes were good. My crabcakes were good. The side of bacon we split was excellent. We had to get up from our table to get a refill on our water and her orange juice. My coffee was very good (and a pot of freshly pressed coffee was left on the table). We only spoke with our waiter twice...to take our order and when he dropped off the bill. I'd expect this type of experience at a hole in the wall where we could both eat breakfast for $30. This ain't it....
By milic13 on 4/25/2005
my husband and i were in the city for a week and came here twice. both experiences were excellent. we made reservations and had no issues. the food is simply amazing - each dish is enough for two people and the menu is so diverse! if it was cheaper, i would have gone more often.