On Sunday March 23 my four girlfriends and I decided to check out Zylo for a classy brunch in honor of one of our birthdays. The atmosphere was modern and airy with windows that provide impressive views of the Manhattan skyline. We walked past the breakfast buffet as we were being seated by the host and the presentation was impressive. I had my eye on the pastries which was enough to convince me to pay the $35 for the all you can eat breakfast buffet. The buffet deal includes coffee/tea, juice, and unlimited trips to the buffet which offered freshly prepared omelets and waffles in addition to already made pancakes, bacon, salads, and as previously mentioned, desserts.
Once seated, my friends and I perused the menu and found it to be quite limited. There were omelet options for approximately $12-14, a Panini sandwich, and a few other dishes that seemed a bit pricey for what they included. We ordered coffee while we waited to decide what we wanted to order. The coffee was strong and served in large cozy mugs. However, we had to ask our waiter for refills of coffee after sitting for quite some time.
My girlfriends ordered various omelets and one friend ordered the Panini sandwich. I made a few trips to the buffet to get some pastries for the table while my dining companions waited for their food to arrive. After approximately 40-45 minutes and 3 plates of pastries later, we noticed that it was taking longer than usual for the food to arrive. My friends ordered eggs and a sandwich; neither of which should take 40 minutes to prepare. One of my friends spoke to the manager who came over to the table and offered mimosas on the house. While that was nice and some friends appreciated it, I found that the service was less than impressive for such an upscale hotel with a pricey and limited menu. We were not offered an explanation for the slow service (I offered the excuse of the kitchen possibly being short staffed, etc.) and my friends all agreed that the mimosas were a nice offer.
Once everyone's food arrived, I walked up to the buffet a few times in search of the omelet chef so I could choose something more substantial than croissants and muffins. After 3-4 trips, the chef was no where to be found. I decided to get some yogurt with fruit (yum!!), bacon and already prepared pancakes and save room for dessert.
My friends were not overly impressed by the omelets and commented that the breakfast potatoes were cold. My one friend said that the Panini was good and the fries which were served in the fryer basket were crunchy and fried to perfection. Everyone urged me to go back to the buffet and bring back some dessert which I gladly obliged.
We thoroughly enjoyed the macaroons and the cupcakes. I do wish there were some more of those chocolate desserts at the end of brunch since they looked amazing!
Overall, we thought the experience was a classy one but not worth the money for brunch. I would suggest travelers seek brunch elsewhere in Hoboken or even NYC and if all else fails, there's always good bagels and cream cheese that would make any New Yorker swoon!
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