Brunch at 230 Fifth
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 8:48PM
The Lady Who Lunches in Restaurant reviews

*All of my photos from this meal can be viewed on Flickr

What’s the space like?

Outdoor paradise. Those are two words that perfectly describe the rooftop at 230 Fifth. Venturing up to this 20th floor oasis is a bit odd: A doorman directs you to the elevator (on the ground floor of an office building) via a velvet-roped maze. Once you exit the lift, you find yourself in 230 Fifth’s 1980’s-strip-club-esque interior space thinking, “WTF?” A grand staircase leads you away from the purple-velvet-upholstery/cruise-ship-chic décor to an expansive, breathtaking, and “am I really in NYC?” outdoor patio. Think: Lush greenery, palm trees and flowers blooming as far as the eye can see; yellow and white striped canopies (that bear a striking resemblance to theGiorgio of Beverly Hills” perfume box); seating specifically created to evoke conversation and intimacy; breathtaking views of the five boroughs, and most notably, the Empire State Building.

How was the service?

Meh, I’ve had better. Our server was off-pace, thus creating a domino-effect of bad timing upon receiving our drinks, meals and bill. The jolly host, on the other hand, was charming and very knowledgeable about the menu.

Did you drink?

Unfortunately, my party arrived long before noon on Sunday, so we were unable to order alcohol. However, I did have two delicious glasses of homemade lemonade, sans ice.

How was the food?

The menu is a mish-mash of random offerings ranging from Israeli Couscous Porridge and Matzah Brei, to Vegetarian Spicy Noodles and Skillet Eggs (in a spicy tomato sauce topped with pulled pork shoulder). With that being said, I suppose there’s (potentially) something on the menu for everyone. Here’s what I ordered:

What’s pricing like?

I found 230 Fifth’s prices located on the higher end of the brunch spectrum, especially considering:

Here’s a snapshot of my bill:

Will you return to 230 Fifth?

For brunch? Not likely. For cocktails? Absolutely.


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