Penelope

American Restaurant$$$$
Rose Hill, New York
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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.
  • 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
  • Keith P.
    Keith PetriMarch 19, 2012
    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
  • 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
    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.
  • Leia P.
    Leia PFebruary 19
    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
  • 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!!!!
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Gretchen
    GretchenJuly 17
    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.
  • NineDaves
    NineDavesJune 23, 2010
    start with the spinach and artichoke dip, move on to the veggie burger with fontina, finish with some red velvet cake. heaven on earth. also, check out the staff baby pictures on the dessert menu!
  • Matt28800 @.
    Matt28800 @July 24, 2010
    Brunch, Lunch or Dinner one of the best in Manhattan. Avoid the Hummus there are better options like Artichoke Dip! Warm Brie and Green Apple sandwich is amazing (especially with fakin bacon) yummo
  • 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 :-)
  • Madona S.
    Madona SDecember 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.
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanJanuary 18, 2013
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Marc E.
    Marc EDecember 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."
  • Cristina F.
    Cristina F-MJuly 2, 2010
    40 women to 6 men - asked the bartenders and it is always like that. regardless, the spinach/artichoke dip rocked, mac n cheese was fantastic, so was the meatball salad. red velvet was disappointing.
  • Rohini J.
    Rohini JalanJanuary 22
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Susan L.
    Susan LeeOctober 23, 2011
    They don't do substitutions so make sure to check the menu before coming. For brunch, feast on the Nutella French toast (sweet) or BBLT (savory)...pumpkin waffles when in season.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Abhishek P.
    Abhishek PillaiFebruary 1, 2015
    Arugula salad with chicken meatballs were a unique item and delicious. Slight overload on arugula. Love the atmosphere
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Patricia G.
    Patricia GarcedFebruary 14
    I loved the food and ambient the B.B.E.L.T was delicious and the Bellini was great. Definitely recommend.
  • 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. =)
  • 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.
  • Frank R.
    Frank RimalovskiMarch 31, 2012
    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
  • Zeynep T.
    great & fun breakfast menu, intercontinental options for tourists, big portions, affordable prices for NY, and people are very friendly
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Seyda C.
    Friendly cute place.. Coffee refill is good! Food 8/10 service 8/10 ambiance 7/10
  • Moaad A.
    Moaad AlfraihiDecember 18, 2015
    One my best brunches in the city! Amazing atmosphere, local place, and delicious food! Their Nutella french toast is a must 👌🏼
  • 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.
  • Kt L.
    Kt LacasseJanuary 6, 2015
    Chicken meatballs on warm arugula salad is amazing, and I don't even like salad. Highly recommend!
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MAugust 17, 2011
    Cash only, often long lines, but worth it. I often judge a comfort food place by its BLT's. Penelope has a BBLT. Yeah, that's right -- double bacon. Win.
  • sarah w.
    sarah weberJanuary 27, 2015
    We had a great Monday breakfast. Saturday and Sunday brunch fills up quick. Try a week day breakfast to avoid the crowd.
  • Melanie B.
    Melanie BakerNovember 3, 2011
    Homemade sour dough bread is the best ever. Try it on the FBLT...fakin bacon, lettuce and tomato with a balsamic mayo. Vegetarian's dream sandwich!!
  • Jo  G.
    The Curries Chicken Salad is AMAZING!!!!! Oh and I did try the Sweet Peas Mac & Cheese, Yum!!!!!
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