How do we feel about PENELOPE?
I have a friend who waits tables there, so I've stopped in for a glass of wine, but haven't eaten there. Any thoughts? It seems like a sweet place, nice feeling to it, relaxed, LOVE the white tile and teal interior. Its nice that they make all those baked goods on-site. Anyone been there? Is the food as special as the place feels, or is this one more example of the trend of "down home" style restaurants cropping up everywhere?
I love it. Food isn't trying to be more than what it is, though the grilled chicken club is the best I've had in the city.
The fries are pretty good. I usually get a side of either their balsamic mayo or their pesto mayo to dip them into.
I'm also a big fan of their penny egg sandwich, the nutella french toast is pretty good and their omelette rounds out my brunch standards.
I also really enjoy their artichoke dip and even their burger is passable.
The place itself is great, even before their slight "facelift" toward the end of this past summer. I find myself there dining solo at the bar if the wife is working late, with in-laws for brunch, with friends from out of town or a midweek meal with the wife.
The food at Penelope is definitely more down home than special, but I like the place and its atmosphere. I've been for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Brunch is very good but crowded. I believe that the lunch and dinner menus are the same. The sandwiches are all good. I also like their veggie burger, and their spinach pie is pretty good.
i have yet to go to penelope for anything besides brunch, but their brunch is incredible. i've had their blueberry waffles, pumpkin waffles, penny egg sandwich and eggs with asparagus. i have loved them all. food is great, service is friendly, and it's not too expensive, and it's right around the corner from my apartment! can't go wrong with that, plus, i haven't taken advantage of it, but they have $12 brooklyn pitchers.
i have heard that their dinner is very good with a recommendation to try the bblt.