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.

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bc1Unfortunately, the dim atmosphere of this cafe has made the quality of these photos go down tremendously so the quality looks especially grainy. Also, I really tried for the phone picture of the food but the lighting made the food look extremely unappetizing. I apologize! While I was looking at Yelp reviews for this place, it said that it would be that Friends coffee shop if it was actually filmed on the Lower East Side. And I can attest to this. bc2

The options for the cafe are quite limited in terms of food, so I ordered the “Cat’s Breakfast” which came with a two egg omelette with mushrooms and onions (I believe ham was also an option), a side salad and a toasted bagel with cream cheese (YAAS FOR CARBS). Altogether, that came out to $10.34 and I can say that I was definitely full by the end of it and powered through to finish it all.

bc3The ambience is very nice and calming, and more quiet than I had expected. Not many people went to hang out with their friends, they mostly went for work or to just chill by themselves (at least on the Friday brunch time that I went). There is a printer available there, and free wifi. The mismatching furniture and brick walls are wonderfully rustic and just the right amount of shabby chic. So overall, I would recommend this cafe if you are looking for a quiet corner to hang out in and if you do not mind your photos being a little dim.