Thanks to a late start at work this good friday, I breakfasted at Normas, ready for the best, and left depressed.
First, there was something the matter with our pitcher-sized French press of coffee. Possibly it hadn't had enough time to steep, but it tasted watery and bitter.
Waffles featurd prominently on the menu, so I had one with berries and Devonshire cream. Highest of crimes--they'd sweetened and whipped the cream, robbing it of its unique rich clotty subtle taste. After I'd hurled several damnations at no one in particuar, the waiter retrieved the original (unsweetened, unwhipped) jar and spooned a healthy glob onto my plate. Otherwise, the berries were juicy and plentiful, the waffle well-executed, and the syrup sufficient.
Boyfriend's duck confit hash with orange peppers couldn't have had less flavor if it'd sat overnight under my radiator. Driest of duck shreds. some peppers. a limp fried egg.
What do people *like* about Normas? What sets it above the rest? Did we order wrong?
At that price range, I'd happily stick to bruch at Ouest, a $24 prix fix 3-course caloric orgy, from a creative and fresh pastry basket, apps like granola with yummy sweet cream, enrees like duck carpaccio with breaded fried poached eggs (good), rich, aromatic coffee (or tea) is included. Best brunch on the UWS, and frankly the best i've had in Manhattan so far (excepting the Eggs Benedict at Balthazar)