Every month, my graduate school girlfriends and I try to get together. Though we're not exactly the "ladies who lunch" set, we do enjoy meeting up for brunch and learning about updates in everyone's life.
Finding a weekend brunch spot for a group can be difficult in NYC, so we opted for Landmarc. The restaurant is large, takes group reservations, and has great views of Central Park.
A couple of us immediately ordered Mimosas ($12).
We received a mini bottle of Freixenet sparkling wine with a mini pitcher of orange juice.
As the conversation flowed as easily as the bubbly, we all perused both the breakfast and lunch menus.
Landmarc features typical brunch fare like omelettes and pancakes as well as richer lunch items like roasted marrow bones and lamb meatballs.
One of my friends ordered the Eggs en Meurette ($14). This was a rich dish with eggs in a bacon, onion, red wine, and mushroom chunky sauce. I could see the large chunks of bacon in this hearty dish.
About half the table, including myself, ordered the Pain Perdu ($14) with vanilla sugar and warm maple syrup. It was like a giant, upscale French Toast with the soft bread tasting almost custard-like.
I knew that Pain Perdu meant "lost bread" in French, and later found out that the eggy preparation was done to save lost or stale bread.
How do you make 7 women smile? For us, it was ending our meal with a complimentary blue candy floss or cotton candy.
We also chose the "one of each" option on the dessert menu ($16). Despite being full from our brunch meal, we managed to savor every sweet bite.
Family-friendly Landmarc (complete with pram/stroller parking!) is located at 10 Columbus Circle in NYC.