Sunday Brunch at The Waldorf Astoria New York

Sunday Brunch at The Waldorf Astoria New York

Anyone who has visiting NYC on a weekend knows that brunch is a way of life for us New Yorkers. The cuisine offered during this breakfast/lunch hybrid has evolved to include much more than your standard bacon and eggs, with creative takes on breakfast and lunchtime staples commonly featured on brunch menus throughout the city.

Of course, each restaurant offers a different type of experience—from the casual vibe of intimate downtown eateries to the elegant atmosphere found at establishments uptown. If you’re looking for the latter, I suggest a trip to The Waldorf Astoria New York to indulge in the historic hotel’s world-famous Sunday brunch. I recently enjoyed brunch with my husband and our two young kids at the venerable Midtown East hotel.

Hungry patrons are served in Peacock Alley Restaurant and Private Dining Room, a grand space located in The Waldorf’s beautiful Art Deco main lobby—complete with plush chairs, tables draped in crisp white linens and the pièce de résistance, the sparkling World’s Fair Clock, which dates back to 1893. Another interesting marvel includes the intricate mosaic on the floor near the Lexington Avenue entrance, which was discovered during a lobby renovation.     

The sumptuous locale served as the perfect setting for our decadent brunch. Delectable cuisine is presented at various stations—from a raw bar overflowing with caviar and the freshest clams, oysters, lobster and shrimp; to smoked fish and meat carving stations—manned by the ever-courteous staff.

Individual dishes offered by The Waldorf Astoria are just as famous as its brunch, and I had an opportunity to try some of the famous savory selections, including the Waldorf Salad, which was amazing; the Eggs Benedict, which the chef whipped up right on the spot; the Beef Wellington, considered one the best in the city and rightfully so; and the truffle mac and cheese, which was the best I’ve ever had.

The chefs are more than willing to create kid-friendly items not found on the menu, but my two girls definitely enjoyed a sugar fix during our Sunday outing—dunking marshmallows and chorizos into the gushing chocolate fondue fountain. There are more than 100 desserts displayed around the fountain, with plenty of takeaway options for the younger set. My kids filled individual bags with jellybeans and gummy candies as if Halloween had come early this year.

If you want to enjoy a lavish brunch experience in NYC, visit Peacock Alley at The Waldorf Astoria on a Sunday, where brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.    


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