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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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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Let's be honest... this is a full on hipster place complete with jam jars of orange juice, church pews for seats and all the mugs anyone has ever lost for coffee!! We went for weekday breakfast at around 10am and we had a short 10 minute wait before being seated at one of the slightly cramped tables (fairly standard for... More 

Thank David28macfarlane
Nashville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Enjoyed brunch here. Food is delicious, service staff is attentive and engaging. There is usually a short wait but it is worth it! great coffee too!

Thank cheryltouchton
New York City, New York
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296 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Super healthy. Super helpful service. Super tasty. A great option for lunch or breakfast. Creative options galore.

Thank PW11803
Istanbul, Turkey
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I came from İstanbul and find this lovely restaurant. Good stuff, nice food, appropriate price. I like the place.

Thank Ahmet B
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 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 2 weeks 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 3 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

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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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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?