We usually choose not to review a restaurant based only on brunch, particularly if their regular fare is quite different. Around here there are plenty of Italian, Greek and other ethnic cuisine restaurants offering Sunday brunch menus filled with omelets, pancakes and other expected American favorites. And that brings us to the question of how popular brunch is in other parts of the country? Here in New York City it's practically required and all restaurants seem compelled to offer it.
Distinguished looking men in crisp shirts and blazers and elegant women in ruffled blouses filled the beautiful room and the noise level was deafening. We asked for a seat on the terrace where it was more peaceful and we could converse without shouting.
With so many people in this city, restaurants typically begin serving brunch around 11:00 and continue until well past 2:00 and even 3:00 pm. At Orsay, we booked a 1:30 table and the crowd showed no sign of abating anytime soon.
Brian and I are more typically in the casual and late brunch set. Our Saturdays are likely to be busy as we tend to errands and chores we didn't have time for during the work week. Typically it isn't until late afternoon that we mix up a batch of cocktails, ponder dinner reservations and settle into a slower pace. And we tend to stay in relaxed mode from that point on...at least until Monday morning's alarm clock rings!
To us, Sundays are for sleeping late and lazing around. Even our pup is sound asleep at the foot of our bed at well past her normal hour. At some point, of course, we'll rise and eventually drag ourselves out. If the weather is lovely, we'll head to the park with the dog and then seek out an outdoor cafe for our late brunch. In inclement weather we'll head to our favorite local diner with the big booths by the windows.
Apart from our normal preference to brunch casually and with a dog under our table, Orsay is a delightful, if pricey, experience...except for the noise.