Thursday, March 5, 2015

Things we did before kids: our $70 breakfast in NYC

Throwback Thursday: before kids. When coming home from work meant eating something random from the fridge and watching TV. Using the bathroom in peace and quiet. Waking up at 9 am on weekends. My husband and I having the freedom to join each other on business trips once in a while - because we only had a cat who didn't care if we left him alone as long as he had an overflowing food bowl.

One such business trip was mine, to New York City. I had a conveniently-located hotel room at the Fitzpatrick Grand Central. It was an older and small hotel room, like many boutique accommodations in The Big Apple. But it fit us just fine - we didn't have a pack-n-play, toys, or extra little bodies to worry about. My husband did some sightseeing while I worked and we enjoyed two evenings out. We had read about the amazing breakfast at Norma's in the Le Parker Meridien Hotel and managed to score a reservation. So one morning we ventured just past Carnegie Hall, mouths watering for what was to come, and we waited for our table at Norma's.

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Our breakfast came to $70.

One small glass of (fresh-squeezed!) orange juice was $8. I had some kind of ooey and gooey chocolate and banana something (pancakes, perhaps) and my husband had the most divine crunchy french toast, coasted with crispy crushed cereal and drizzled with a heavenly caramel concoction. Servings were huge and we took a piece of his french toast back with us for a delicious night time snack.

Click image for Norma's webpage and original photo

We will not be back to Norma's unless we get a chance to travel without kids (highly doubtful). Because let's face it, eating out with them is not relaxing. Entertaining, ordering, feeding, watching out for spills, getting the check as quickly as possible before the baby melts down... upscale experiences are wasted with the kids in tow.

At the time, we were shocked by the high cost of our breakfast but, really, the cost was not just for the food. We spent $70 on breakfast and an experience with memories of "NYC's best breakfast" that we will hold on to forever. An unforgettable breakfast date with my guy.

How's this for an even bigger splurge? The $1,000 omelette! We passed on that one.

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  1. How much fun is this? I went down the rabbit hole of Norma's menu with my 13-year-old, who agreed that we might have to travel to Norma's just for breakfast someday soon. No $1,000 omelet, obvs. :)

  2. Holy crap!!! That is a lot of money for breakfast!!!
    But it's a one time thing and you made one great memory :)
    It is hard to enjoy meals with kids at a restaurant. Mine is 6 now and he's all about the food and colouring so he's really good at restaurants now. But before - nightmare.

  3. Anonymous3/05/2015

    The phrase Guests of the show stay at Le Parker Meridien Hotel is running through the recesses of my memory. Makes me think you might have been rubbing elbows with some pretty high rollers. ~May@AchievingClarity

  4. That's certainly a lot to pay for breakfast. Whao!!!

  5. Last year in New Orleans, for our anniversary, we managed a $70 breakfast. Now it included two bloody marys and two mimosas, but we were still a bit shocked at the $70...although it was better than the $120 it could have been at Court of Two Sisters ;)

    It was worth it for us. We enjoyed that moment together.

  6. A $1000 omelette! Holy Smokes! I have to say though, my husband and I have definitely splurged on 70 meals before and I can't say I regret it!

  7. Kids kind of put an end to that kind of stuff don't they? But you wouldn't give up the kids would you?


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