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159 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10016-8154
+1 212-481-3800
08:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 23:00
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We were staying close to this restaurant and based on trip advisor reviews we deceived to try it for breakfast Visited Tuesday morning, and walked straight in , however in the time we were there was a constant stream of people arriving Breakfast did not disappoint Good food, great service Highly recommend.

Thank Eaglemania
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted a nice place for breakfast in NY. Chose this place after reading reviews. We arrived 10 mins before opening. Shortly after a large family arrived. Once the restaurant opened we were seated. Within 20 mins of opening I noticed the restaurant was at full capacity and people were queuing to eat here. The menu is varied. Everything is... More 

Thank Sarah M
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very busy with a queue outside for Sunday brunch. We were told we had a 45 minute wait but had a table within 20 minutes. Great menu with delicious food. We both had the $20 fixed price breakfast dish + cocktail. Blood Mary is excellent as was the Bellini. Food was tremendous. If you have the time seek it out.

1 Thank uk02133
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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65 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ordered take-out to bring back to our hotel. My wife had a salad and grilled cheese sandwich and I had the chicken pot pie, which obviously had been hand-make - no prepackaged item. Everything was good. Looked over the menu and brunch on Sunday seemed a "must-do." Went back on Sunday and the wait time was 1 & 1/2 hours... More 

Thank houston1949
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here after reading reviews and was not disappointed. The place is adorable and the food was good. I had the lentils and eggs which was a huge portion and the bf had buttermilk pancakes which although not the greatest I've ever had were pretty tasty. Coffee was good (love a place who has decaf filter readily available) and the... More 

Thank Picky_but_Fair_1
Crawley, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Penelope for my birthday breakfast whilst in New York and it is a lovely quaint little place that is busy! The food is out of this world, fantastic omelette and 7 grain toast...yum! Plus lovely touch was a cupcake with a candle for my birthday... would not hesitate to recommend and thank you guys

1 Thank harvard11
Boston, Massachusetts
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the food and the vibe of the place. Had the omelettes and some pastries. Coffee is strong, tasty and refills are free. The wait staff could be more pleasant but the whole experience was nice nonetheless. The place was packed on a weekday at 10:30. Would be back again.

Thank Elistinka
Estevan, Canada
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62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here for Breakfast and had a great experience. The service was perfect, loved the casual welcoming staff. We all had breakfast items and everything tasted so good ! It is an old house like setting, and feels like sitting in someone's old farmhouse kitchen enjoying the atmosphere and feeling good. Would definitely come back, even though there are... More 

Thank lelash
Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ate here several times on my last trip. I had something different each time and every meal was great. My favorite would have to be the pancakes. Probably the best pancakes I've had.

Thank Rob N
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342 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived here early Monday morning and managed to get the last available table .. Within 10 minutes people were queuing outside .. What we have is a very tastefully decorated restaurant that serves great food in abundance .. I had the pancakes which were just rediculous in size .. The plate barely big enough .. They were awesome ! My... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 159 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10016-8154
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
  • Neighbourhood: Manhattan
  • Phone Number: +1 212-481-3800

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?