Thanks to everyone who made suggestions for my request for brunch in Times Sq last weekend (without having to trudge all the way to Ninth Avenue in the snow).
The trouble was that we needed an EARLY brunch, and most of those places don't open or start serving until 11:30 or later. I would have loved to try the Gospel Brunch at the restaurant at B.B. King's Blues Club.
We ended up at Foley's Fish House in the Renaissance Hotel. It's essentially a hotel restaurant, and as such tends to get overlooked. In its favor are stunning views of all of Times Square (it's at the top of Times Square, under the famous "Coca Cola" sign).
The buffet breakfast was as you might expect for a hotel restaurant, but well executed: orange juice tasted fresh squeezed, eggs were good, potatoes a little dry (probably oven baked after being sprayed lightly with oil -- but thus not greasy), sausage excellent, and some of the best bacon I've ever had -- very meaty, nicely smoked, thick cut, crusted with pepper, and well cooked although not crisp. Full selection of muffins and pastries, cereals hot and cold, fresh fruit, and a salsa bar to dress up the eggs and potatoes. My favorite were decent bagels and high-quality nova salmon. I pigged out on the latter and the bacon, with a couple muffins thrown in.
Service was excellent -- you get your own insulated coffeepot on the table, they kept our glasses filled, and asked before they removed any plates with food still on them, as well as promptly took care of special requests (more cream cheese and to toast a bagel in the kitchen).
There was no menu so we joked wondering how much this was going to cost us, saying that we'd sign a room number to the check if it was over $28 a person. We were pleased when it arrived to find that the breakfast buffet was only $18 each (although if we had alcohol that probably would have pushed it much higher).
The waiters even checked with us if we wanted anything else before they started clearing the buffet (in order to set up a much more elaborate brunch buffet beginning at noon). You can check out the breakfast and brunch menus here: http://www.foleysfishhouse.com/Breakf...
I'll definitely go back again, but the real star of the restaurant is the YOU-ARE-THERE view overlooking all of Times Square. Some tables are better than others, so don't hesitate to voice a preference. I wonder how much they charge for New Year's Eve?!!