NYC Brunch Buffet


Jun 17th, 2004, 11:42 AM
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NYC Brunch Buffet

I have read of several NYC restaurants that have Saturday & Sunday Brunch, however, I wondered if any are buffet-style with many choices. That seems to be one of the draws of brunch in my area - you can graze and try many different items, both breakfast and lunch foods...
Can anyone tell me if there are buffet brunches in the city & where?
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Jun 17th, 2004, 11:55 AM
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This is an interesting question. Of the seemingly zillions of Sunday brunches I've eaten in Manhattan, I don't recall ever seeing a buffet.
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Jun 17th, 2004, 12:41 PM
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I've never been, but doing a quick google search for brunch buffet in NYC I found one at BB Kings that also has gospel music on Sundays and Motown on Saturdays

and one at Iridium Jazz Club on Broadway & 51

Buffets are not a NY "thing" but brunch is
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Jun 17th, 2004, 12:48 PM
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I think you will find more brunch buffets at the hotels. I think there is one at the Waldorf and the Le Meridian, but I'm sure there are many others. Check the hotel where you are staying.

Here is one for a jazz club brunch buffet...
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Jun 17th, 2004, 12:52 PM
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Here is something else I found (might be a couple years old so call ahead):

Catering to guests 24/7 is a fine art perfected at New York?s best hotels and brunch is no exception.. The Zagat Guide voted Halcyon?s Penthouse Sunday Brunch the ?Best in New York City,? thanks to a buffet laden with classics like Eggs Benedict and scores of international delicacies (RIGHA Royal Hotel, 151 W. 54th St. at Seventh Ave., 212/468-8888). At the hip new Heartbeat (W Hotel, 149 E. 49th St. bet. Lexington & Third Aves., 212/407-2900), the food is as stylish as it is healthful. Delicious brunch items include Apple and Ricotta Pancakes with Sun-Dried Cherries and Coriander Seared Duck Breast.

The Sunday Champagne and Lobster Brunch at the Ambassador Grill (Regal U.N. Plaza Hotel, 44th St. bet. First & Second Aves., 212/702-5014) features unlimited bubbly and a huge buffet filled with salads, roast meats, omelets and desserts. The term ?Power Breakfast? may have originated at the Regency Hotel?s 540 Park Avenue Restaurant, (540 Park Ave. at 61st St., 212/759-4100) but the landmark restaurant also serves up a delightful weekend brunch with mouth-watering specialties like Blueberry and Lemon Pancakes and Pecan Crusted French Toast with Caramelized Bananas. The Bravo! Brunch Buffet at Restaurant Charlotte (Millennium Broadway, 145 W. 44th St. bet. Sixth & Seventh Aves., 212/789-7508) is a favorite with Times Square visitors, who feast on Bourbon Soaked Ham and Smoked Salmon with Scallions and Capers before heading out to see the sights.
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Jun 17th, 2004, 12:58 PM
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Cafe Botanica at the Essex House has both a Saturday and Sunday brunch buffet, where you may serve yourself the appetizers (which are wonderful, among them smoked salmon, huge shrimp, various salads & pastas) and order an entree from the menu. Then back to the dessert bar where there are many choices of homemade desserts.
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Jun 17th, 2004, 01:24 PM
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Great feedback - thanks, all!
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Jun 17th, 2004, 03:59 PM
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My husband and I just returned from a weekend in New York. We had sunday Brunch at the Aquavit - a Scandanavian Restaurant. It is $39 per person and you get all Scandanavian type foods. Lamb, Swedish Meatballs, Herring, etc. It is different, delicious and I recommend it highly.
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Jun 17th, 2004, 08:30 PM
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Agree that buffet is not a New York type of thing. generally the food is cooked in advance and steam tabled - so the quality tends to be mediocre at best. For us, fresh is better.
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Jun 17th, 2004, 10:29 PM
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Try 8 1/2 at 9 W. 57th St. between 5th and 6th. We had a fabulous brunch there for $27 per person. Check out web site below for menu.

They also had hot meats which are not shown on the menu, beef, pork, chicken. Great crab and shrimp and made to order crepes (just like Paris!), besides many breakfast and lunch items too numerous to mention.

My daughter lives in NYC and knew about it from reputation.
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Jun 18th, 2004, 07:07 AM
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The Cafe Botanica buffet that Leona mentioned is WONDERFUL. I typically don't like buffets but it is really good quality and so attractive, and so nice to got a table right on the park.
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