Penelope

American Restaurant$$$$
Rose Hill, New York
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  • This American restaurant is famous for their French toast. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Liza
    "Penny egg sandwich is out of this world - pesto is a good touch."(25 Tips)
    Lisa J.
    "Pumpkin waffles are perfect for fall and delicious."(19 Tips)
    Tom W.
    "Musts - Sake Lemonade, Chicken Meatballs, Peanut Butter Blondie"(34 Tips)
    Joe K.
    "The chorizo egg sandwich and Nutella french toast are fantastic!"(28 Tips)
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  • Risa
    RisaOctober 27, 2013
    French Toast = sweet breakfast heaven. Super-thick slices of brioche w a crispy exterior & a luscious, custardy, bread-pudding-ish interior. Bonus: it's in a pool of delicious caramel sauce + bananas.
  • Penny G.
    The avocado toast is the most unique, topped with beet hummus, avocado, cured yolk, pea shoots. You can also get a poached egg added. Served with a side salad. A great start to day. I ❤️Penelope!
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayDecember 11, 2012
    Go with a friend during lunch. Get the three cheese grilled cheese and a BBLT. Now split. Amazing right? Best of both worlds and the bread they use is delicious. Fries are forgettable though...
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle COctober 29, 2016
    The pumpkin waffles are outstanding. I could eat the cinnamon sugar butter by itself. It's crazy busy for breakfast/brunch even on a random Monday morning but it's worth the wait.
  • Joe K.
    Joe KileyMarch 11, 2017
    The chorizo egg sandwich and Nutella french toast are fantastic! Just be prepared to wait to be seated, it's almost always very crowded
  • Morgan V.
    Morgan Von SteenDecember 11, 2013
    Forget the brunch rush at this friendly neighborhood spot and go straight for the main attraction: a creamy, dreamy, chicken pot pie of your very own. - Buzzfeed
  • Emma B.
    Emma B-BrownSeptember 8, 2016
    I'm a mac n cheese afficionado, and this was hands down the best I've had. Truffle and peas with the smoothest, creamiest cheesy sauce. Do yourself a favour!
  • Q R.
    Q RobersonMay 15, 2013
    After reading the tips, I had to try the Penny egg sandwich (w/ chicken apple sausage). The eggs were cooked perfectly and it was delish! With strong coffee & great service at the bar, I'll be back!
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanSeptember 6, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Great breakfasts, cupcakes, and salads in quaint New England setting. Its arrival in Murray Hill nearly a decade ago launched a food renaissance in the neighborhood. Arrive at opening to avoid crowd.
  • Thomas G.
    Probably the best french toasts I’ve ever had. Small waiting area inside for cold winter. Downside: if you order a 3rd plate, they still charge you full price (which include drinks they won’t bring).
  • Gothamist
    GothamistMarch 18, 2015
    If you prefer a shorter wait, skip the line and dine here on a weekday evening. The salmon burger is particularly good, made with a fresh salmon patty sandwiched between two fluffy brioche buns. Read more
  • Jane
    JaneMarch 3, 2013
    The wait time is horrendous but well worth it. Both the BBLT & Nutella French toast (not as excessively sweet as you'd imagine) are excellent entrees to split with a friend. Now accepts credit cards.
  • Leia P.
    Leia PFebruary 19, 2016
    Decadent brunch items like Nutella French toast and apple cider mimosas. Service & bottomless coffee are great, but they get really busy so the wait to nosh can be an hour or more with no reservations
  • Keith P.
    Keith PetriMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    One of my favorites. The well planned menu caters to a variety of palettes and has a dish for every meal. Skip the brunch lines and grab a late weeknight dinner! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Deji S.
    Deji SakaMarch 9, 2015
    The chorizo egg sandwich is amazingly good!!! Do it with the croissant. Definitely hit the spot and more!!! Also, the service is extremely attentive!!!!
  • Naomi P.
    Naomi PierceyNovember 7, 2014
    Penelope is delicious, certainly. But for a just-as-yummy-if-not-better brunch/lunch/dinner/anytime spot, head one block west to Resto. No wait! Lots of seating! Friendly staff!
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChinFebruary 5, 2017
    Delish, got veggie met Sally salad, big portion! Cute small place, can have long waits for weekend brunch, but we had no issues on Friday evening for dinner
  • Amira
    AmiraMay 12, 2013
    Every time i visit NYC i try 2 have breakfast or brunch here but i cnt becoz of the 2 and 40 minute hours waiting but finally today i had my lunch there and it was GREAT. Next time brunch or breakfast
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMay 10, 2010
    A beacon in a restaurant-deprived area. Get the dream-worthy Penny Egg Sandwich, breakfast & brunch are hard to match. The moist red velvet cake with fantastic frosting alone is worth the trip. Read more
  • James C.
    James ClarkJune 23, 2013
    Don't plan on getting seated or served quickly, at least not for Sat Brunch, but the menu is wonderful, the food amazing, the staff helpful, and the mimosas come with a heavy handed pour :-)
  • Nat H.
    Nat HarwardDecember 10, 2013
    Chicken Pot Pie: "Forget the brunch rush at this friendly neighborhood spot and go straight for the main attraction: a creamy, dreamy, chicken pot pie of your very own." Read more
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanJanuary 18, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Heavenly breakfasts. Out-of-town friends love it. Arrive by 8 AM to avoid long wait times, especially during weekend brunch. Omelettes, cupcakes, and veggie burger especially great.
  • Madona S.
    Madona SelmanajDecember 7, 2014
    Loved the waffles and bacon at this place. Would highly recommend if you're looking for a cozy and warm brunch spot in the city.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJune 5, 2013
    A cute, cozy neighborhood restaurant with some choice breakfast and brunch but a hit or miss dinner menu.
  • Ev B.
    Ev BullDecember 15, 2017
    Really good breakfast and very polite service! The earlier you go the better!!! When we left at 10 am there was a huge line!!!! Try the pancakes and you won’t regret it!!!
  • İclal Ç.
    İclal ÇağmanNovember 14, 2017
    Good food! But you have to wait long time to get a seat! Especially on Sundays you should make a reservation before you go.
  • Gretchen
    GretchenJuly 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    If you don't like waiting 30+ minutes for a table at brunch, try Penelope for dinner! Menu items are great and it's rarely crowded. When Veggie Met Sally is my go-to.
  • Linda Y.
    Linda YNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely most worth it on weekday mornings when there aren't hoards of people waiting. Penny egg sandwich and curry chicken salad are the best choices!
  • ReALTO
    ReALTOMay 12, 2013
    No reservations here and as everything in manhattan it gets really busy!! Plan to put your name down and give them your number so you can leave and they will text you when you're tables ready.
  • Marc
    MarcDecember 15, 2013
    Buzzfeed 31 Delicious Things You Need To Eat In NYC This Winter: Chicken Pot Pie "Forget the brunch... a creamy, dreamy, chicken pot pie of your very own."
  • Anam K.
    Anam KhanMay 28, 2014
    Love this place, cozy and great food. They need to start taking reservations, wait time is a joke '90 minutes' ppl may just be too discouraged to come period.
  • Ayesha L.
    Ayesha LattoJune 9, 2015
    Lovely and delicious breakfast. Forgot American portions though so had to leave half of it. Nice service too. Good brunch menu.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkOctober 24, 2011
    The perfect place to start your morning — especially on a weekday. The small cafe is usually hopping during brunch on weekends. During the week, though, you get the same homey atmosphere.
  • Steven Y.
    Steven YApril 4, 2014
    Cute brunch spot with epic wait times - go early (before 11AM) or prepare to wait 1 hour+; however, they take your number and text you when your table is ready
  • Kristine Y.
    Kristine YappJanuary 16, 2012
    Amazing place for brunch. I love the Veggie Burger or when Veggie met Sally Salad, or the Penny Egg sandwich. Be warned the wait for brunch on the weekends can be 1-2 hours from 9am-3pm
  • Abhishek P.
    Abhishek PillaiFebruary 1, 2015
    Arugula salad with chicken meatballs were a unique item and delicious. Slight overload on arugula. Love the atmosphere
  • Zarina N.
    Zarina NMarch 26, 2013
    Veggie burger minus the bread bun, salad is super fresh and tasty with lots of soft goat cheese - highly recommend! Get there early to avoid 45 min lines!
  • Rohini J.
    Rohini JalanJanuary 22, 2016
    Their regular lunch menu is quite pricey. Their chicken pot pie was absolute perfection but also cost $19. Loved their service and their cute vintage-y decor!
  • Jechiliah
    JechiliahAugust 21, 2013
    Cozy. Great food. Ok, service. Packed with a bunch of NYC girls who want to catch up and couples who wanna eat well and be cute. Lol overall I'd go back.
  • etta y.
    etta ySeptember 2, 2012
    Faced with the classic brunch conundrum of Sweet vs Savory, get the waffles with toasted coconut & strawberries. Nothing savory about it but you won't mind. The wait is not as bad as they say it is.
  • Maureen P.
    Maureen PetersonNovember 23, 2014
    Nice complimentary coffee while you wait, and you willing Sunday. Tiny place so bigger groups will probably wait longer
  • Tayyare F.
    Tayyare FlyingMay 19, 2016
    Great place for sunday morning breakfast. Be there early in the morning, get in the line before 8am and get a table or wait for hours
  • Zack B.
    Zack BrittinghamDecember 23, 2014
    The chicken pot pie is phenomenal. And it comes with a side salad so you can pretend it's not a very fattening meal while eating every last bite.
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria UngerAugust 22, 2014
    Get your sandwich on a croissant, they're so buttery and flaky! #treatyoself
  • Monica K.
    Monica KJanuary 27, 2013
    Food was amazing - home fries are a sure winner for the whole table and Nutella French toast. But prepare to commit to a 2 hour wait for a table - no reservations.
  • Heather R.
    Heather RodriguezMay 27, 2014
    Had the penny egg sandwich with bacon. It was good, but not amazing. I like the pesto and the croissant. Their bacon (crispy) is excellent. French toast is meh. Portions are large.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle COctober 29, 2016
    Also, I didn't try it myself this time, but they do have vegetarian sausage patties and vegetarian bacon on the menu as sides!
  • Antonio E.
    Antonio E.April 1, 2014
    Definitely the place to be to have the greatest breakfast from NYC!! Quite heavy, but it will let you visit NYC with no need to stop for a lunch. =)
  • Samantha
    SamanthaFebruary 16, 2013
    Really great spot for brunch, just be prepared to wait. Waited almost 2 hours. Pumpkin waffles with warm apples are the bomb, along with the Sam I Am.
  • Frank R.
    Frank RimalovskiMarch 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    My fav Murray Hill breakfast spot, and also excellent for lunch. Must get Abuelo's egg sandwich if you visit for breakfast. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
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