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2 Brunch reviews: Penelope, Great Jones Cafe

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2 Brunch reviews: Penelope, Great Jones Cafe

dkstar1 | Jun 7, 2004 03:17 PM

Penelope
Located on Lexington at the south end of Murray Hill, this quaint cottage like space on the corner of 31st (?) Street was just what the stomach ordered Saturday morning. Don't forget to put your name on the chalkboard - there are no "hosts" here, so to speak. We ended up at the bar, a tiled surface that acts as additional dining space more than a bar, per se, although there are a few bottles of wine behind the bar. My wife had poached eggs on toast and wrapped in ham. I had an omelete with onions, peppers and Fontina with a side of bacon. We both had coffee and mimosas which, unfortunately weren't that great...at first we thought they used apple cider (it was on the menu) because of the reddish color of the drink. Alas, it was a rose'. The breakfast was very good. Our waitress/bartender was terrific and the place was overall very comfortable and friendly. We'll be back.

Great Jones Cafe
A friend took us here for brunch on Sunday. The place looked like Jack Nicholson's Joker, all purple and orange, but you get used to it. There also happens to be a red wall along the back, complete with a red felix the cat-style clock on the wall (the kind where the eyes and tail move opposite of each other each second). Ugh. But forget the decor and even many of the patrons (some smelly people in there - long night drinking) and pay attention to the Bloody Mary. The best Bloody Mary I've had on the East Coast and almost as good as the one's bartender Mike at Flagstaff Brewing Company makes in Flagstaff, AZ. Deelish. Had two and wanted a third. But I held off.
For food: I had pretty much the same thing with the exception of cheddar instead of Fontina...sort of a comparison of Penelopes. Both delish. Both completely different. Penelope had a "fresher" taste. Cleaner, perhaps whereas GJC's was heartier and possibly tastier. It also came with more stuff (for less $$)including fantastic hash browns and your choice of a biscuit, cornbread or other items I forget. I had the cornbread and was dissappointed. My friend gave me half of his biscuit to try which he put honey on and boy did it taste good! The bacon we ordered was pretty good too. Not sure which was better. Might have to try them again. Anyhow, the Bloody Mary's are fantastic.

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