Waffle Crush Wednesday: Penelope

By Alyse Borkan  |  Dec 2, 2015
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On this Waffle Wednesday, we headed to a New York staple. Penelope is an unlikely place to find in Murray Hill, let alone Manhattan in general. It’s more reminiscent of a restaurant you’d find in a quaint town (like Portland, Maine if you will) rather than the Big Apple. It’s more of a charming shabby-chic cabin nestled smack in the middle of booming metropolis. Even pumpkins were placed decoratively outside the restaurant entrance. You don’t see that every day. We were surrounded by business meetings and tourists, typical for a Wednesday breakfast, but it still maintained it’s homey, tastes-like-mom-made-it vibe. Penelope, named after the owners’ turtle, serves up some of the most comforting breakfast in the city. Pro tip: it’s 7 days a week, get it while it’s hot.

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Naturally, we ordered up a pot of coffee. And for the food, you guessed it: waffles. Not just any ole waffles — pumpkin waffles. It was served with a hefty bowl of apple butter, toasted cinnamon-cardamom pecans, and warm sautéed apples. The waffles were enormous, so come hungry. But, they were warm and moist, a perfect start to a rainy, fall day.

Casper’s unofficial waffle rating: 9.2.

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