Twin to its namesake Paris sister and founded on the philosophy of exceptional personalized service, New York’s Hotel Plaza Athenee dishes up the most elegant brunch in town, at Arabelle ($69, plus tax and tip). Perch like royalty in one of the Louis XV armchairs, a great place from which to look up and relish the dreamy gold-domed and hand-painted mural ceiling. Arabelle’s exquisite buffet offers trays of steamed lobster, chilled shrimp, a wide variety of salads, seafood selections, meats, terrines, and pates — but leave room for your entrée. The vanilla-spiked brioche French toast and pan-roasted Atlantic halibut are favorites.
37 E. 64th St. (at Madison Ave.)
212-606-4647
www.arabellerestaurant.com