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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The Wild Son – Chelsea

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This past Monday, I headed to the Wild Son after seeing adorable Instagram pictures, and reading the menu to find some cool vegetarian options. Usually they are not open on Monday’s, but for MLK Day, capitalism takes a toll. Luckily, I arrived around 1pm, and there was not a wait, although I did end up sitting at the table right by the door (and was blocked by a tree which was inconvenient for my friend trying to find me, oh well). Warning if you are walking here, it does not look like the conventional location because it is super industrial and there are lots of cars on this road, but I promise it is there if you just keep walking.

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I ordered the New Morning which had soft scrambled eggs, roasted cauliflower & shishito peppers, pickled onions, cilantro & jalapeno yogurt (copied and pasted from the menu, I am not that technical about my peppers). It was definitely a messy sandwich, and it was not that large of a sandwich for $10. However, it was a wonderful mix of different flavors and enough to keep me filled up for a bit. My friend ordered the Pulled Chicken sandwich as well as a green juice, which they have many options for. They have a lot of really neat combinations so I definitely recommend looking into it (even if not so greatly priced).

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Overall, the aesthetic was really cute, and as any cute cafe, a little tight with space. I am not sure if I would go back just because trekking to Chelsea is always a lot of work but my friend and I headed to the Whitney after so it was a nice 2-for-1 that day. Something about this restaurant just seems very fresh, so if you are looking for a cute place to go, I’d recommend, even if it was not particularly memorable.

Egg Shop – LES

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Oh hey, guess who’s trash and hasn’t posted in like a month again? I’m sorry! Anyways, I’m basically done with finals, so this weekend, I got to catch up with my friend and get that brunch life on. Egg Shop has been on my list for a little while, so I finally decided to go! The weather this particular Sunday was really bizarre, and rainy and kinda gross, so perhaps that was why not too many people were out? The line moved quite quickly at 10:30am, and we actually did not have to wait for a table, which was fabulous.

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We sat right by the door, which was not great, and the interior was a lot smaller than I had imagined. I also did not get great interior shots because although it was not busy in terms of waiting, it was packed inside. I ordered the Reformer, which had spinach, feta, egg, and tomatoes (which granted I probably could have made by myself) but let me tell you, the eggs were a perfect mix of fluffy and wonderful goodness. 10/10.

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I had heard their portions were not huge and people were still hungry, as I did end up spending $12 on this sandwich. I am not sure that it is completely worth $12 because it is so simple, but the portion was not little by any means – I was quite full afterwards. The ambiance and aesthetic of Egg Shop is so cute, and was completely decked out in Christmas lights, which I loved. The eggs definitely lived up to its name, I will give it that, but since I ordered something so standard, I am not sure if that particular dish was worth it. The prices in general are a bit expensive, but for a nice catch-up date every once in a while, I think it is worth a shot!

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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.