301 Park Avenue, New York, NY | Directions 1002240.756729 -73.974064
Monday - Friday
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday 2:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sunday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown Center, Midtown
The Good old days are gone – This place has going downhill. I don't know if it the recession or what but it is not what it used to be. However the price has not come down. I am specifically talking about the brunch. The lobster and crab were tough and the desserts were hardly worth the calories. I guess if you have never been there you should do it just to say you have done it, but what can you expect from a Hilton hotel. Avoid
A very factual review - you decide for yourself. – I sent the following e-mail to the management of Peacock Alley twice. Both times I received a confirmation that my e-mail was read, but no reply followed. I invite you to judge for yourself. I gave management over 30 days to provide some sort of explanation, so as promised, I decided to share my experience with future patrons.
To: Mark.Axxxxxxx@hilton dot com
On Apr 19, 2009, we visited your establishment for the Sunday Brunch. It
was our parents' 40th anniversary and we wanted to surprise them with
something that they would both enjoy and remember for some time. Having
reviewed your website showcasing
the "lavish Sunday Brunch", which "was awarded a singular honor of Most
Luxurious Brunch in New York" and featuring "spectacular array of 12
themed food displays and over 100 gourmet treats", I promptly made
reservation under the name of xxxxxxxxxx for a party if six.
When we arrived to the brunch, and proceeded to food selection, I was
both surprised and disappointed by what I saw. If it was not for my
parents anniversary, I would have simply left and went to another place.
On Apr 19th I did not have that luxury. The following list summarizes my
1. While there were a few stations, the food looked borderline stale and
it was obvious that many stations were not replenished timely.
2. Other than Beef Wellington and lobster, nothing else fit into the
category of gourmet treats. Neither the selection of bagels with cream
cheese and salmon, nor the Eggs Benedict, nor the stale grilled
vegetables, nor the roasted potatoes qualify for a the "Most Luxurious
Brunch in New York".
3. The sight of dinner rolls and bagels literally scattered around the
table, without any utensils and/or napkins around to take them with, is
neither lavish nor sanitary.
4. At a price of $95 per person the selection should include true luxury
items, such as caviar. We took our parents to Sunday Brunch at the Plaza
Hotel before it closed for renovations; that brunch included caviar, had
a much better food selection and cost less.
We were happy with service; the waiters did go out of their way to make
our visit special. But they obviously can't compensate for the
shortcomings of the main offering.
My wife and I travel all over the world. We stay in some of the best
hotels, including Villa D'Este and Il San Pietro in Italy, the Paris
Ritz, the St. Regis in New York, Delano in Miami Beach, etc. We are
members of Andrew Harper, LHW Leaders Club and carry Platinum American
Express. In all of our travels, we have rarely discovered such a
stunning disparity between what is being advertised vs. what is being
offered, and between value charged vs. value delivered, as we observed
at Peacock Alley.
My first inclination was to post my views on various forums, but then I
concluded that it would be unfair to do so without giving the Management
of Peacock Alley a chance to explain what happened on Apr 19th.
I will be eagerly awaiting your response.
Perfect salmon – One quick thing: the grilled wild salmon= awesomeness!
Would come back here and order the grilled wild salmon like 20 million times or until I exploded...
If that happened the allure of it's romanticality would be tarnished and I wouldn't want to do that....
Yes one the the most romantic places for a date.
Yes it's all worth every penny!
Unfortunately, I did not enjoy my time at Peacock Alley. I was there for Restaurant Week. The portions were ridiculously small (15 pieces of pasta with 3 pieces of small pork for an entree, one scallop with a mushroom for an appetizer). The manager came by to ask if we were enjoying our meal and stared at the ceiling while doing so. It was obvious he didn't care about our answer.
It was a comfortable restaurant with a kind server and nice hostess.
Besides the small portion, the food wasn't that great, or even good. My friends and I decided we give up on Restaurant Week. It's meant to expose different people to fancy places in the hopes of convincing them the food is worth the money, but instead you're just reminded that even if the food was reasonably priced, it's still overrated and in most places, if you're under 35, you're just not welcome there.
We'll stick to moderately priced places with reasonable portions and good tasting food.
Expected more... – I must say that the presentation and taste of the food at Peacock Alley was really good. Yes, the portions were small, but I expected that. The service, however, was a disappointment. My friend and I were seated at the table for what seemed like a really long time before the waiter finally brought us the dinner menus. After we ordered, there was a LONG wait for the food. Also, the waiter was not attentive at all. We purchased a bottle of wine and he failed to fill our wine glasses until we asked him, and, in fact, he never filled our water glasses at all. For the menu prices, I was expecting better service. Frankly, there are plenty of better choices.
Outstanding Sunday Brunch – Went to the Sunday Brunch with family last February. We didn't know what to expect, especially going to a hotel. . The price tag is high. We made reservations a week before. We were able to park the car on 47th street for free. We entered the hotel from Park Avenue; what an experience walking through the giant lobbies. To our surprise, the brunch was displayed in the main lobby. We were seated immediately in a dining room behind the bar. The party started with a glass of champagne for each of us. We then had to walk back to the lobby when the food is displayed. It was kind of awkward to start because we didn?t really know what to do at first and kind of look at each other. Basically they have a chef at each station and you can also help yourself. The selection and quality of food was outstanding: Seafood, varieties of salmon, cheeses, deserts ?.. We stayed for about two hours. Nothing conventional. We were just going back and forth from our table to the food stations. Waiters were replacing our plates. I was worth every penny. I would recommend the place for the experience and the food.
Great Drinks @ Happy Hour...Excellent Food – Stopped by last night for the Debriefing Hour. Great Mojitos and Martinis. I think the special is 3 for $24 for TOP shelf liquor. Great price for after-work drinks at the Waldorf.
Also, cinnamon lovers they have a drink called The Cinful which could have been the best cocktail I've tasted and it packs a p unch. Why can't I write p*nch?
Anyway...Rum, Cinnamon Vodka and some Apple Schnapps & Cider. For a light dinner I had a Lobster Burger! which isn't too expensive at $10. Excellent.
Overall, the price points for their entrees are a steal at such a world-renowned location. Most range from $10-$18 so you can splurge on the drinks! Overall I would highly recommend Peacock Alley for a great meal and great drinks.
One of the city's classic dining experiences charms tourists and nostalgic New Yorkers. – In Short
The Waldorf-Astoria's soaring Art Deco-inspired atrium, along with the casually elegant dining room and bar, underwent a $5.5 million renovation in 2005. The gilded black marble space gives off an apropos grand hotel feel. The menu has been revamped as well, focusing heavily on seafood dishes such as ceviche, bouillabaisse, a trout "T-Bone," and roasted Scottish langoustine. A few exceptions like pistachio-crusted foie gras and Riesling-braised short ribs are designed to appease landlubbers.
Most expensive "service" in town – We went to this extravagant Brunch today and the only let-down was the service. The variety and quality of the food was excellent, but the poor service brought our excitement level down appreciably. When you are dining at a buffet where the server does not have to take or deliver your food order, you expect the beverage service to be better. We always had to stop our waiter and ask him for another Diet Coke or Sprite. At a hotel/restaurant of this caliber, I was surprised that my Diet Coke (with a slice of lemon, please) was refilled with the same old lemon slice left to float in the glass each time. For a mandatory service charge of $22.50 for two, on top of the $75.00 per person Brunch, I just expected a tad more service. While most of the plates were removed in a timely manner, two small dessert plates sat on our table for an hour. For this price and this service, I cannot recommend the total experience.
Slow, unattentive service – Dined at Peacock Alley last night. The service was incredibly slow and unattentive. The waiter forgot to bring us our drinks. After our food was delivered, we rarely saw anyone. Then they delivered our desert to the wrong table. When I asked about it, they admitted their mistake, then took another 15 minutes to come back. This was for three scoops of gellato. The restaurant wasn't even busy. The food is tasty, but the portions are small. For the $$$$, we were very disappointed.
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