Everybody loves brunch. If you don’t like brunch then I don’t like you. Now that we’ve got that out of the way we can talk about the exquisite brunch at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. During my two week trip to New York I was invited to this amazing experience. I’m so kind and so generous that I brought a guest along to enjoy the plethora of food and drinks with me. It happened to be none other than infamous food blogger Dara aka The Skinny Pig aka Big Bacon Bonanza.
This was my first time to really explore New York City believe it or not. The Waldorf Astoria Hotel is an icon in the city. Just walking in the front door and up the steps put me in a state of awe. How magnificent of a design! We made our way into the Peacock Alley restaurant where the brunch takes place. I’m going to stop and just make a note that this is the most impressive brunch setup I have ever seen in my life.
It’s really a shocker that I’m not 5,000 pounds right now. There are so many different foods to choose from! Certainly, something for everyone. My research tells me that this brunch is also along with being magnificent the most expensive brunch in the entire city at approximately $125 per adult. Sometimes you just need to treat yourself.
After exploring the lay of the land it was time to get down and dirty. I quickly got to work loading up my plates (yes, multiple plates) with food from all reaches of the universe. You want seafood? You got it. You want beef Wellington? It’s right over here. You want a chocolate fountain? Please, help yourself. When I say they have it all, they really do.
This place is no joke! The food looks good and the important thing is that it tastes good as well. Along with our brunch we were able to order some cocktails to help to truly enjoy the experience. Some of these were better than others but overall quite enjoyable. They were kind enough to offer us some gin that was aged in bourbon barrels and 115 proof. Pierre is quite a manly man but this did get him tipsy quite quickly.
A fun fact of the day is that your favorite breakfast food was invented here! The official story goes that Lemuel Benedict wandered into the hotel in 1894 and ordered “poached eggs, crisp bacon, buttered toast and a hooker of hollandaise” to cure his hangover. The Maître d’hôtel was so impressed with the creation he added it to the menu after changing out bacon for ham and toast for an English muffin. History was in my mouth and I loved it.
The entire experience was fantastic. The service is quite good and the selection is outstanding. If you want to take some time to live a little, then you should definitely pay a visit to the Waldorf Astoria Brunch in New York City at their Peacock Alley restaurant.
Waldorf Astoria Hotel
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Located in the center lobby