Penelope Brunch

Oh, New York, how I’ve missed you so. Your shopping is phenomenal. Your lights are bright. Your men are attractive and wealthy. Your restaurants are the best in the world.

And, your brunches? Bottomless, delicious and affordable.

On this particular Saturday, we headed to Penelope in Murray Hill. Murray Hill, so I’m told, is a bit of a faux paus, as far as neighborhoods go, as it is filled with New York City newbies fresh out of college or fresh off the plane—either way, they’re new to the big city.

That being said, it’s convenient to everything else in the city, and affordable—all things being relative—to live there. This certainly applies to its brunch spots, with Penelope—billed as “Nine Years of Comfort in Murray Hill”—coming in at the top with a brunch deal that boasts a whopping $15 price tag.

That’s right, fif-teen, not fif-ty. Wowza.

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This deal includes an enormous entree of your choosing and a mimosa, or coffee, tea, or juice. No wonder there’s a line around the corner.

But, before we get to the food, let’s talk about the space.

Penelope is a charming shabby chic cottage nestled smack in the middle of New York. It’s more reminiscent of a restaurant you’d find in Charleston, Savannah or Naples, Florida, rather than the Big Apple. In fact, it remind me a lot of The Cottage in La Jolla, an amazing brunch spot in San Diego. While at first this decor and ambiance seems wildly out of place, but it grows on you, and I can see Penelope becoming a favorite place for much-needed respite.

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The service was friendly, and despite the long line around the corner, they were not rude or snobbish. There was plenty of coffee available for patrons to sip on while sitting on wooden benches waiting for their table.

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Our waitress was great: timely, efficient, accurate and unmemorable, as she did not take away from the morning’s catch-up brunch session.

The drinks—summer rose mimosas and peach bellinis—were strong, light, and tasty.

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Lindsey opted for the salmon wrapped poached eggs: two farm fresh eggs wrapped in smoked salmon on toasted black bread with green goddess dressing and served with a side salad.

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Dani had the “Sam I Am”: two farm fresh eggs scrambled with grilled asparagus and crumbled feta cheese. The enormous plate came served with your choice of toast and house-made home fries. The scrambled eggs with feta and fresh asparagus was healthy and hit the spot. The home fries were actually cut-up french fries and absolutely amazing.

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Because of the alluring name, I ordered the One Night Stand Waffles, which on the menu are described as “a toasted coconut and luscious strawberry waffles served with fresh fruit. These are not the marrying kind.” The waffles were enormous and moist and loaded with crispy coconut and strawberries. Quite the delicious breakfast.

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All in all, it was a delicious, affordable meal in a precious little cottage, perfect way to start a Saturday in the City.

The Bitches say: A. Great food, charming ambiance and a hardly believable affordable brunch deal.

Penelope
159 Lexington Ave. (at 30th)
Murray Hill
New York, New York
(212) 481-3800

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