Had breakfast at Norma's, and well, the best thing I can say about it is that the orange juice was delicious. But seriously, at $8, it should be buying me breakfast.
What can I say about the food? Meh. I think the kitchen confuses quantity with quality. And, contrary to what Norma's thinks, there is such a thing as too sweet (honestly, the sweet blueberry pancakes are served with sweet blueberry compote and Devonshire cream, and then a side of maple syrup?).
But my big issue with Norma's? As their website claims (http://normasnyc.com/eat1.php):
Do we like kids? More than whipped cream.
Thing is, they sure don't act like they like kids (but judging by the menu, they sure like whipped cream). My 20-month old was given a rickety high chair, a paper cup from which to drink her juice from, and kind of brusque, disinterested service from our waiter. Generally, we found that in other restaurants that claim to be kid-friendly - Blue Smoke, Landmarc - the staff tended to be, well, friendly towards the kid; at Norma's the service was indifferent at best, and the maitre d' was especially chilly (perhaps because I wasn't in a suit-and-tie, although I think it was because his tie was too tight).
Anybody else feel Norma's is a little overrated (not to mentioned overpriced)?