After an amazing night out with your sweetheart, keep the good vibes going the next morning with an equally-amazing brunch. Located on Lexington Avenue in Midtown, Penelope isn’t exactly a hidden secret, so arrive early or expect to wait for a table. You’ll forget all about it once you get a taste of the restaurant’s signature Nutella French toast. The iconic Italian chocolate/hazelnut confection is melted inside the toast and drizzled on top, and then the whole thing is topped with caramelized bananas. You’ll find this breakfast delicacy as dreamy as your date and maybe even sweeter (but keep that last part to yourself). Halloween might be months away, but the pumpkin waffles here are still a scream. Arriving steaming hot at your table and served with apple butter, dried cranberries, toasted cinnamon-cardamom pecans, and warm baked apples, it’s a wonderfully warming start to the day. Since it’s the weekend, feel free to indulge in an apple cider mimosa or pomegranate bellini, which just might provide the inspiration you need to plan a day of fun in the city. But you’ll find yourselves compelled to linger for a while in this charming space, with its pink and blue walls and rustic accents creating a cheery environment perfect for the morning after a late night. Brunch here might even become a weekend ritual.


159 Lexington Ave New York NY 10016

(212) 481-3800

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