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Lauren Jimeson of A Mommy in the City gives us the scoop on her family's experience at the New York Palace Hotel's Cinderella brunch.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel

Photograph: Marielle Solan

Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel


As a mother of two little girls, I’ve learned to embrace all things girly. My three-year-old, Harlan, is completely immersed in the princess stage—we play dress-up, watch movies and often turn her room into her very own pretend castle. While her favorite princess changes on a weekly basis, she has always been especially enchanted by Cinderella. Maybe it's her beautiful blue ball gown or the decadent glasses slippers, but there's just something about Cinderella that has Harlan completely mesmerized. You can imagine her excitement, then, when I told her we were invited to a Cinderella brunch at the New York Palace Hotel. (The brunch, complete with a special menu for little princesses, is in anticipation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, coming to Broadway later this month.)

Dressed in her very own Cinderella gown, Harlan entered the hotel's Madison Room, sat down and anxiously waited to be treated like a princess. The Palace is the perfect spot for a royal brunch—it's filled with crystal chandeliers, gold columns and gorgeous artwork that make you feel like you are in your very own princess castle. (Note: Although the brunch is fit for children of all ages, I don’t recommend bringing a stroller with you as the room is not easily accessible with one.)

The meal began with Harlan making her very own Castle Yogurt Parfait, which came with whipped cream, chocolate frosting and strawberry yogurt. Being three, Harlan is at an independent, hands-on stage and loves being able to do things for herself. Getting to scoop the chocolate frosting and whipped cream on top of the strawberry yogurt was such a treat for her. It’s not often she gets to have chocolate for breakfast, so she completely indulged. She also sipped on Cinderella Citrus Bubbles (it tastes similar to a sparkling lemonade).

For the main part of her meal, she stayed with sweets and ordered the My Little Corner crepe pops. The pops looked just like cinnamon-sugar donut holes and came complete with chocolate frosting, whipped cream and blackberries. It's perfect for kids who love to use a dipping sauce with their meal. I took a little taste myself and they were absolutely divine!

The adult brunch menu also has special Cinderella-themed items. I ordered the Fairy Godmother Frittata—it was filled with artichoke hearts and wild mushrooms. My husband indulged in the Back by Midnight Belgian waffle, which came with cocoa nib, burnt orange caramel and a salted-pretzel gelato.

We completed the brunch with the Royal Wedding Something Blue cupcakes. These mini vanilla cupcakes with royal blue frosting were Harlan’s favorite part of the meal (she is a three-year-old, after all!) and were the perfect happily ever after to our enchanted brunch.

Although Cinderella doesn’t make an appearance, Prince Charming does, paying a special visit throughout the two-hour brunch. He waited outside the ballroom on a grand staircase, available for photos, and was even holding Cinderella’s glass slipper. Harlan is still a little unsure of anyone dressed up in a costume, but started to warm up to him when he came into the dining room during our brunch. He was very sweet and complimented her on her beautiful Cinderella costume. We posed for a photo and she even tried on the glass slipper to see if it was the perfect fit. It was a tad big, but that didn’t disappoint Harlan because the Prince made her feel like a very special princess.

The Cinderella-themed brunch is offered at the New York Palace Hotel on Saturdays and Sundays throughout January from noon to 2:30pm. While attending the brunch, guests can enter a daily drawing to win four tickets to see Cinderella on Broadway.

Lauren Jimeson is a freelance writer and founder of A Mommy in the City, where she chronicles what it's like to live in New York City with a suburban mentality.


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