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Up and down: New brunches at Top of the Tower and Palladino's

Top of the Tower starts its brunch from the 50th floor, while Palladino's is at street level.

Brunch in Philadelphia is going to new heights starting Sunday, March 29.

That's when Top of the Tower, on the 50th floor of Three Logan Square (the former Bell Atlantic Building at 1717 Arch St.), debuts its SkyBrunch, a meal with a view from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Parking on site is $10.

It's a buffet brunch ($50 a head, $25 for ages 5 to 12, free for toddlers) with multiple serving stations dispensing all sorts of dishes, such as pastries, eggs, prime rib, ham, fried chicken, crème brûlée brioche French toast, smoked salmon and sushi from Zento. Top of the Tower will donate $1 from every cover at SkyBrunch to Philadelphia's Clean Air Council.

Top of the Tower is the loftiest public venue in the city; it's open ordinarily for private functions. The tallest restaurant in the city, for now, is R2L at Liberty Place. R2L only serves brunch on Mother's Day.

More down to earth is the new brunch at Palladino's, Luke Palladino's new Italian steakhouse at 1934 E. Passyunk Ave. (Palladino's will be reviewed this weekend by The Inquirer's Craig LaBan, coincidentally.)

Sunday brunch will be served a la carte from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dishes, priced from $11 to $19, include the WTF (What the Foie?) Waffle, Smoked Salmon Focaccia, Nutella Buttermilk Waffles, Asparagus in Bed, Italian Eggs Benedict and Kobe Beef Hash & Eggs. Five cocktails are $5, including a Bloody Mary with LP Secret Salt and an antipasto skewer, plus Caffe Shakerato with a double shot of La Colombe espresso and grappa. Brunch guests will also get a complimentary pastry basket.