I got a wee bit spoiled this year for my birthday due to my lovely, sent-straight-from-heaven friends. And it involved LOTS of food, just the way I would have hoped! One pit stop included a fancy lil brunch at Norma’s in Le Parker Meridien. It was my first time here, even though it’s practically my neighbor — only one avenue away! How could I have ignored its existence until now?? It’s not just one of those pricey places that has nothing to show for itself. The dishes are creative, generous, and most of all, DELICIOUS. It was actually pretty difficult to choose what to order — every single thing looked SO.GOOD.
We finally decided to order two sweet dishes and two savory ones, which turned out to be perfect and maybe even too much for four girls. I ordered the Waz-Za, which is one of the recommended items on the menu. It’s a waffle stuffed with a raspberry creme fraiche, a crackly brûlée top, and buried under a million blueberries (my favorite!!).
If the following pictures don’t make you salivate, I would just pause for a minute and check your pulse.
We also ordered crabcakes, spiced with habañero pepper and served with a dill yogurt mustard sauce; the “Irresistible Banana-Macadamia Nut Flap Jacks” (aka AMAZING pancakes) with whipped banana brown sugar butter; and Huevos Rancheros which was brilliantly topped over cheesey quesadilla triangles. Cheese makes everything better. We ate everything as if we had an imaginary lazy Susan in the middle so we could each try all the food and we STILL couldn’t finish everything. I think it was the first time I took pancakes home in a to-go bag and it still tasted good the next day.
We were also served a bottomless pitcher of coffee, tall glasses of orange juice, and a complimentary shot glass size of pineapple smoothies.
Just when I thought I literally couldn’t BREATHE anymore from all the food we just indulged in, out comes a decadent chocolate cake with whip cream and fruits, and birthday candle :).
Thank you my lovelies! Post on birthday meal part deux to come…
Norma’s at Le Parker Meridien Hotel
119 W 56th St.
btw 6th & 7th Ave
New York, NY 10019