Penelope in NYC – Long Wait, Tight Space, Hip Young People, and Average Food

Let me make this short and sweet. Penelope is a cute little busy place on Lexington and 30th Street in New York City. The food is average but somehow it draws a long line every weekend. The last time I was there, my friend waited for a good 20 mins outside in the cold when I was running late (Thanks, Kathryn!) We enjoyed the Apple Cider Mimosa and Pomegranate Bellini with our Farmer’s Market Omelette, an $18 prix-fixe.

Farmer’s Market Omelette: Farm fresh egg omelette filled with your choice of three: mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, peppers, spinach, bacon, ham, sausage, or cheese. (cheddar, american, swiss, brie, fontina, provolone, feta, or goat) Served with toast and house made home fries.

The couple that sat next to us spent most of the time on their phones.  The man checked out other women in the restaurant.  My friend thought they were brother and sitter and I gave them three more months as a couple.

Do not need to return unless you enjoy waiting in long lines.  In comparison, Uva in the upper east side has a much better brunch menu.  See my Uva post here.  Penelope should turn their business model into a quality fast food joint.  I would go for that.

This experience took place at


159 Lexington Avenue
@30th Street
NYC 10016

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