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Which iconic hotel for special Sunday brunch?

We are visiting NYC in May and planning Sunday brunch at an iconic hotel to kick off DH's 'significant birthday in NYC' celebrations. Factors to consider:
1. Location, history and ambience are major considerations - I realise the BEST NYC brunch right now may well not be in an iconic hotel
2. We will have two restaurant-experienced, house-trained tween sons in tow...
Narrowed down to:
The Carlyle - front runner so far
The Peacock Rm at the Waldorf Astoria (but seriously, $400 for a family of 4??)
The Four Seasons - mostly for the space - I realise the food has slipped, but still....it's The Garden!
Opinions? Any others we should consider?
TIA

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