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After sampling the delicious veal cheek and winter veggies from Wall & Water at Andaz Wall Street’s opening, we were keen to get back for a meal once the restaurant had opened to the real world. Only we’re a little scared of bankers so we instead of dropping in on a bustling weekday morning, we met a friend there on the traditional day of brunch, Sunday.
So, how was it? In a word: quiet. But that’s more than OK with us. We’ve always liked exploring the Financial District on weekends, when the only people walking around are residents and tourists taking photos outside the NYSE. The Andaz lobby was quiet, and the staff welcoming and friendly. Up those white marble stairs we were greeted with this tableau of fruits, juices, and pastries, and a hushed scene at Wall & Water.
So you might be wondering why we've headed to the 'burbs for a hotel brunch but the landmark Garden City Hotel on Long Island (built in 1874!) actually draws lots of business travelers because of its central location and because it's only about 30 miles from New York City. American Idol finalists and other celebs stay there because of its proximity to performance venues like Nassau Coliseum and Jones Beach. But locals head to the hotel for Rein's super-expensive $64 Sunday brunch from Chef Steven De Bruyn.
We broke out our credit card and our biggest-waisted pants, and tried the all-you-can-eat brunch. After the jump, we'll tell you whether it was worth 64 smackers for breakfast foods.
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has a long and checkered history that well pre-dates today’s celebrity tantrums and “Super Sweet 16” parties. As a way of hearkening back to that golden-hued heyday, the hotel has started offering a new ”Jazz Brunch” on Sundays from 11:00am-3:00pm.
Since the special brunch starts at $18 per person, it’s actually a pretty good deal, especially for a Thompson Hotel, and especially considering that overnight parking will run you around $30, and the standard rate for a stay at the hotel starts at $225 a night.
If you’re anything like us, you’re naturally dubious about any meal that is accompanied by live music. What is this, the shoe department of Nordstrom’s? But we checked up on it, and here’s the scoop.
The Pearl Hotel will toast to San Diego's Beer Week (November 6 to 15) with a poolside beer brunch on November 8 featuring suds from local artisan brewery AleSmith Brewing Co.
The beer brunch will have four brewski-and-eats stations at each corner of the pool. At one station, the Belgian-style Grand Cru will be paired with a smoked ham and roasted pear croque monsieur. Another will offer the Speedway Stout, an imperial stout with coffee, to complement the hazelnut French toast and Tahitian vanilla custard. Old Numbskull, a West Coast-style barleywine, will come with house-smoked bacon, sunnyside-up quail eggs and bird's next hash browns.
The last station will pour Anvil, the brewery's signature beer, to go with the raisin rum coffeecake.
At last! The Breslin restaurant inside the Ace Hotel New York is open, and HotelChatter was there on Saturday to sample the goodness. Either the hotel was well-booked this weekend or just as many New Yorkers have been salivating over this opening as much as we have, because the Breslin was jumpin’. We started at the bar, which is always a nice way to pass the time while waiting for a table, but in this case it was not the best introduction to a delicious meal served with just the right amount of attention.
The first sign that the staff are still finding their groove was the wait itself. We needed a table for two—and could see a smattering of them in the dining room—but we were still told the wait would be about 10 minutes. (The Breslin doesn’t take reservations so that was not a factor.)
Settling in at a rickety bar table, we decided to order a Bloody Mary (yes, they are serving booze, despite complaints from the mosque across the street), but just getting the bartender’s attention took 10 minutes itself. Even though there were two other people behind the bar with him, busying themselves with unknown tasks.
Waiting in this brand new but decked out to look old space is not a chore, at least this early in the game, but we hope the staff get into the swing of things soon.
Why is this night different from all other nights? Well, for one thing, Passover begins! We've already outlined the best hotels for Easter weekend, but for all of us celebrating Passover, there are plenty of hotels offering holiday goodies.
The Catalina Hotel in South Beach is welcoming the Passover season with free matzo-ful brunches and kicked-back rates: Starting today (April 8th) and lasting through April 16th, the hotel will be serving kosher brunches to all hotel guests fo' free in the hotel's Zen Garden room from 9 a.m. to noon. On the menu: matzo omelets, latkes with maple syrup, a chocolate spread with matzo, and other Passover-friendly goodies. And! all guests will also get complimentary Manischewitz wine during the hotel's daily happy hour.
Rates at the hotel ain't so bad, either: we found a room for Sunday night for $112. But if you're a non-hotel guest, you can still swing by for brunch at a totally reasonable $11 per person.