Penelope. Location: Murray Hill. 30th St. & Lexington Ave. Scene: Cutesy. Benches. Light Blue. Food: Nutella French Toast. Farmer’s Market Omelette. Spinach Pie. Peanut Butter Blonde with Heath Bar Crunch.
- Penny Egg Sandwich: Croissant. Scrambled Eggs. American White Cheese. Pesto. (above)
- Arugula with Warm Chicken Meatballs Salad: Lemon-Pesto Vinaigrette. Pecorino Cheese.
- When Veggie Met Sally Salad: Red Onion. Grilled Veggie Burger. Green Apple. Goat Cheese. Roasted Balsamic Vinaigrette.
- Warm Brie and Green Apple Sandwich: Honey Mustard. Seven-Grain Toast. Add Chicken. Fries.
When you walk into Penelope, its cute bakery causes you to immediately salivate with the sight of: carrot cake, red velvet cake, peanut butter blondies, cupcakes and cookies. Penelope is the only “gem” in Murray Hill so, unfortunately, the wait for brunch is consistently an hour to an hour-and-a-half on weekends. However, the amazing prices ($8 for that dreamy egg sandwich) are unbeatable for the delicious treats. The inside is painted bright, light blue, and the glossy, wooden tables are finished with a newspaper looking recipe printed in the center. The food is great! If you can’t stand the brunch wait (or can’t get anyone who lives nearby to put your name on the list), go for dinner and you won’t have a problem. You will just have to down chicken meatball sandwiches and grilled cheeses instead of eggs and waffles. Good thing they serve cake all day!