You know that friend of yours who tries too hard to dress fashionably? The one who has just a few too many colors, or accessories, or flourishes, to the point where it overwhelms? Norma’s is that friend.
In fairness, if you are looking for the best breakfast in New York, Norma’s has to be high on your list. Located at the Parker Meridien Hotel, Norma’s is open every day until 3 pm and serves breakfast that whole time. Norma’s is a great option on weekends, and a fantastic alternative to the usual lunch spots. In 2002, Eric Asimov described Norma’s breakfasts as “more fairy tale than real,” and a decade later — with Norma’s serving up cheesecake-stuffed French toast, a $1000 lobster frittata (with 10 oz. of caviar), or a $5,022 Caesar salad (which, in fairness, comes with the Presidential Suite) — the description is still true, even if the prices are higher. But in the quest to be “fairy tale,” Norma’s tries too hard, to the point where the dishes don’t quite hold together. Continue reading