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Executive Chef David Garcelon Oversees Venerable Sunday Brunch in NYC Waldorf Astoria

Special are the moments when travel uncovers a memorable culinary experience. Nigiri sushi near the waterfront, homemade Linguine Puttanesca after the theater, or perhaps charbroiled burgers and thick shakes at a neighborhood pub. It's no secret that one of the first thing travelers do when planning a new trip is check out the food. Perhaps more than any other destination, New York City — with its five famous boroughs and distinctive food offerings — entices travelers with unique culinary experiences. Sunday Brunch at the venerable Waldorf Astoria Hotel is one of these.

The Waldorf Astoria has been serving a lavish Sunday brunch at its Peacock Alley Restaurant to its discerning guests for 40 years and remains the only NYC hotel to offer such an elaborate affair week after week. Expertly supervised by Director of Culinary David Garcelon, seasonal specials are added often and many items are changed each week. The most popular dishes remain the classics: Eggs Benedict, which are made to order on house-made English muffins, Beef Wellington, carved by one of the friendly chefs on hand, and chilled North Atlantic lobster and oysters. The pastry chefs' display is always a big hit as well.

Peacock Alley has been the place to be seen in Manhattan for many decades and Sunday Brunch extends the restaurant into the lobby and around the historic clock. As such, there is always a crowd watching which offers a great atmosphere as people enjoy the food and make multiple visits to the stations. On average, 400 to 600 guests enjoy the festivities each Sunday, about half of whom are hotel guests with the other half being tourists or locals. Attire is a mix of business, chic and elegant.

Roger Sands

As a freelance travel and sports writer with more than three decades of experience from which to draw upon, I specialize in outdoor activity travel. Also, tea is a passion and I am continually searching for the ultimate setting for the time honored tradition of Afternoon Tea. For a sample of my work, please check out these articles: Deer Valley: Luxury On and Off the Slopes; New York's Most ...(Read More)

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