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Upper West Side: Cafe con Leche and Popover Cafe


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Upper West Side: Cafe con Leche and Popover Cafe

Dave M.P. | May 29, 2005 08:24 PM

In addition to our Spanish meal this weekend (see link), we had two other meals:

Cafe Con Leche: We had a very good lunch/brunch on Saturday. I had a chorizo omelette which was a bit boring. The sweet plantains that came with it were very good though, a generous portion too! The rest of the family had sandwiches. The pork sandwich was very plain compared to the Cuban and Media Noche sandwiches (Media Noche is a cuban sandwich served on sweet bread). The Cuban and Media Noche sandwiches were both very good. Batido de mango was nice, batiodo de piña y banana had too much banana so I couldn't taste the piña at all. We also shared an order of mofongo (mashed green plantains fried with bits of pork and lots of garlic). This mofongo was served with a garlicky sauce. and was very tasty. Service was nice and friendly, very reasonable prices. It's on Amsterdam between 80th and 81st (I think).

Popover Cafe: Had breakfast here today. I had a very good cranberry, bacon, cheddar omelette, it was very generously stuffed, the salty bacon balanced out the sweet (but not overly sweet) cranberries. Others had eggs benedict, scramble with lox and gruyere omelette. All were served with popovers which were nice for a change, I asked for a side of apple butter which was a good idea. Not a bad breakfast but not too cheap, about 50 dollars for 4 people.

This was my first trip to NYC with my Chowhound Book which I like A LOT. We didn't end up going anywhere mentioned in the book, but we walked by Ali Baba (Sephardic-Yemeni) on Amsterdam and I definitely want to try it soon. The only reason we didn't eat there is because it is closed on Saturdays.

Dave M.P.


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