Penelope is one of those places that you see a line out the door and wonder what the fuss is all about. I've passed by this place every so often, asking the wait times and see what is reasonable. So far no luck with 45 minutes to two hour wait times.
So we decided to take matters into our own hands. We set the alarm for 7AM and headed out early to literally catch the worm.
At 8:30AM there was still a wait, but only for a reasonable 10 minutes. As soon as we were seated I understood the reason for the waits. Penelope is tiny. Unlike Tea & Sympathy, Penelope has limited space but enough room for people to move.
I ordered the "Punkin Waffle" - pumpkin waffles with apple butter, dried cranberries, cinnamon-cardamom pecans, and baked apple slices. It was incredibly delicious and tasted like homemade pumpkin bread. Despite the early wake-up call I could only finish only half.
The price is reasonable despite the long waits. However both of us felt while it was good, the wait wasn't that worth it. If you are passing by and you're willing to wait, check out Penelope.
By the time we left the wait was well around 30 people. This was around 10:30AM. For a few waitees, Penelope is a very gracious host and offers hot drinks while you wait, as I saw several people with mugs in hand.
159 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10007