I'm moving from Chelsea to Murray Hill today, and in celebration, I'm going to post about one of my new neighborhood's gems, Penelope.
Penelope is part cafe, part bar, part bakery that gives off a very homey vibe. On a quite commercialized Lexington Avenue, it's not easy to find a small nook as cozy as this one. Even their coffee mugs are engraved with, "welcome home."
This morning I tried their Penny Sandwich, which was scrambled egg with American cheese and pesto in a croissant. Great comfort food after a long morning of performing moving errands.
For next time though, I might order the same but instead of a croissant, I'd opt for an English muffin: less fat/butter and smaller serving size. Also, if you're a cheese lover and like to enjoy cheese several times a day, the best choice is actually to not have cheese with your meal, but perhaps as a snack. Having cheese in a sandwich easily increases your saturated fat intake.
Penelope offers a country-kitchen vibe that's ideal for Sunday brunches, however there are usually lines starting 9am (they serve brunch until 4pm on weekends). The best times to go are weekdays or late afternoon for tea time.
159 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016-8154
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
New York raised me, New Orleans changed me, Los Angeles don't phase me. I'm a Registered Dietitian and a lover of all things delicious and healthy. A proud Tufts University double Jumbo, I received my BA in International Relations and Biomedical Sciences and my MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition. I enjoy exploring farmers markets, reading fantasy, and experimenting in the kitchen.