Penelope’s – Midtown

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Ah, what a throwback to before the hectic semester began. Late January, my friend had suggested going to Penelope’s because it was right around her school. Although I was initially worried due to the the 3.7 rating on Yelp, I decided it was worth a shot anyways. It was a Wednesday morning at about 10am, and it was quite empty – which apparently is a rarity. We were luckily seated immediately (and totally beat the rush because by the time we exited around 1pm, it was packed) and our food came pretty quickly.

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My friend ordered the “Punkin’ Waffles,” which were pumpkin waffles with apple butter, dried cranberries, toasted cinnamon pecans, with warm baked apples. I had seen decent reviews about the Penny Egg sandwich, so I decided to go for that, which were scrambled eggs with american cheese & pesto on a croissant. It was also conveniently the cheapest thing on the menu, and I decided to make it more feeling, I would add $2 worth of fake bacon (which was surprisingly quite good). The waffles were quite good and my friend did not finish them, so priced at $13 – perhaps it was a decent deal. My $11 sandwich however was not that filling, and held me over but I have definitely gotten much larger portions for cheaper before.nfioad

The ambience of this cafe is definitely very rustic chic. The little plants mixed in with the rustic vibes made it a little quirky, upbeat place to eat. Sitting there, it felt a lot more spacious than a lot of the brunch places I have been to, and we sat there for almost 2 hours after finishing without too many people rushing us. I’m not sure that I would come back because not exactly the most filling place, a tad on the pricey side given the portion size – but with the sun coming in that winter morning, it was overall a pretty good experience if you are looking for new places to try.

51st Bakery & Cafe – LIC

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Long Island City is quite up-and-coming with their cute cafes, and since its not as busy as the cafes in lower Manhattan, it makes it seem much more like you are discovering something unknown, which is way more hipster than the hipsters of Manhattan because Manhattan is just so basic, right? (I’m just kidding, who am I to judge running a semi-basic blog).

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There’s another cute Parisian cafe in this area as well, but after scrolling through the menu, I realized that I was not up for spending $12 on the Monday before school started up again and when I would stop being paid. So, this place had four and half ratings on Yelp, and only ONE DOLLAR SIGN which meant a definite yes. I dragged my friend along and basically everything in this photo added up to around $12.50 (minus the glasses, the OJ and the fact that my frittata had onions and spinach instead of cheese.)  I could have easily eaten just the frittata, which was only $5.50, and a meal under $10 is always a plus.

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This cafe was super spacious compared to the previous cafes that I have reviewed, and really clean looking. I was not totally impressed by the breakfast items, I had really wanted some heartier brunch, but some of their lunch sandwiches looked pretty good, and they were $8 for a sandwich, which once again is not bad. I accidentally poured corn starch sweetener type thing, thinking it was water, but other than that, and having to awkwardly tell the lady at the counter that I was stupid, my experience here was quite pleasant.