Popover Cafe

★★★☆☆
  • 551 Amsterdam Ave

    New York, NY 10024

    Cross street: nr. 87th St.

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  • 212-595-8555

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I had been to this place a while ago and forget about it. Then I saw it on New York Live on TV. They were doing a segment on the best popovers in Manhattan and I got a real urge for one.

When Sunday came, I met some people there for

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★★★★★

I had been to this place a while ago and forget about it. Then I saw it on New York Live on TV. They were doing a segment on the best popovers in Manhattan and I got a real urge for one.

When Sunday came, I met some people there for

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I had always wanted to try a Pop Over but never found them on any menu. When I go on vacation I want to try as many new things as I can squeeze in. When I saw the PopOver Cafe listed right in the nieghborhood I was visiting I had to go.

The morning crowd was gone and we had the place much to ourselves, good timing. It was not on a weekend and if I go back will probably not go on the week end either.

The banquetes were comfy and the added pillow in the corner helped relieve my aching back. The wait staff was pleasant and prompt. My companion wanted plain eggs over easy which was Not listed anywhere on the menu but turns out was no problem. TheCheesy grits were delicious, and I never liked grits before. The chicken apple sausage was wonderfull but as a side they only brought 1 link, which was stingy in my opinion.

Now The Pop over was all I thought it would be and more- I pictured a muffin shaped bread product but was very happy when the waiter produced a plate sized burst of flacky wonder. I will be back every time I go to NYC now. loved it- want to try more on the menu.

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★★★★☆

I had always wanted to try a Pop Over but never found them on any menu. When I go on vacation I want to try as many new things as I can squeeze in. When I saw the PopOver Cafe listed right in the nieghborhood I was visiting I had to go.

The morning crowd was gone and we had the place much to ourselves, good timing. It was not on a weekend and if I go back will probably not go on the week end either.

The banquetes were comfy and the added pillow in the corner helped relieve my aching back. The wait staff was pleasant and prompt. My companion wanted plain eggs over easy which was Not listed anywhere on the menu but turns out was no problem. TheCheesy grits were delicious, and I never liked grits before. The chicken apple sausage was wonderfull but as a side they only brought 1 link, which was stingy in my opinion.

Now The Pop over was all I thought it would be and more- I pictured a muffin shaped bread product but was very happy when the waiter produced a plate sized burst of flacky wonder. I will be back every time I go to NYC now. loved it- want to try more on the menu.

Pros: fantastic POP Overs

Cons: sides were skimpy

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This is one of my favorite brunch spots in the city, but if you arrive anytime between 11:30 and 2 on Saturday or Sunday, expect a wait. Non brunch food is also good here.

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★★★★☆

This is one of my favorite brunch spots in the city, but if you arrive anytime between 11:30 and 2 on Saturday or Sunday, expect a wait. Non brunch food is also good here.

Pros: brunch food

Cons: very popular and crowded

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I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!! The food (even the coffee) is really delicious! Hands down my favorite brunch dish is the French Flopover - savory with brie cheese, scallions, pears!!! I usually can't figure out if I want something salty or sweet for brunch and this is the perfect plate for my indecision.

I usually take a large group of people and the Popover staff is really accomodating. Last Saturday it was me and six of my closest friends. (4 of them even came in from Brooklyn for a 10 am breakfast!!).

If you're a New Yorker who hasn't been to this cafe- you have to go!

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★★★★★

I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!! The food (even the coffee) is really delicious! Hands down my favorite brunch dish is the French Flopover - savory with brie cheese, scallions, pears!!! I usually can't figure out if I want something salty or sweet for brunch and this is the perfect plate for my indecision.

I usually take a large group of people and the Popover staff is really accomodating. Last Saturday it was me and six of my closest friends. (4 of them even came in from Brooklyn for a 10 am breakfast!!).

If you're a New Yorker who hasn't been to this cafe- you have to go!

Pros: Ambience and Consistency of Food

Cons: The waiting space is small causing the front door and bathroom area to get a bit cramped....

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I've lived on the Upper West Side for a year and a half now, and I've eaten at Popover Cafe 5 times - 3 times for brunch and twice for dinner. Of those 5 visits, 2 included "unwanted dinner guests" on the wall near my/our table. The most recent of which was for my fiancee's birthday dinner with her parents! It's a shame because their food is pretty good, and their brunch selections are probably the best in the west 80s. I doubt I'll ever go back now unless the NYC D of H looks into their issues and gets the invaders under control. I realize it's NYC and you can't keep every little thing with 4, 6 or 8 legs out of a dining establishment, but twice in 5 visits is higher than I'm willing to tolerate. If you want to venture in for brunch, keep your eyes peeled. If your popover moves by itself, head for the door.

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★★☆☆☆

I've lived on the Upper West Side for a year and a half now, and I've eaten at Popover Cafe 5 times - 3 times for brunch and twice for dinner. Of those 5 visits, 2 included "unwanted dinner guests" on the wall near my/our table. The most recent of which was for my fiancee's birthday dinner with her parents! It's a shame because their food is pretty good, and their brunch selections are probably the best in the west 80s. I doubt I'll ever go back now unless the NYC D of H looks into their issues and gets the invaders under control. I realize it's NYC and you can't keep every little thing with 4, 6 or 8 legs out of a dining establishment, but twice in 5 visits is higher than I'm willing to tolerate. If you want to venture in for brunch, keep your eyes peeled. If your popover moves by itself, head for the door.

Pros: Great selection of brunch dishes, staff was always attentive.

Cons: Can be a bit loud at dinner, among other issues.

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I stopped at this place on a whim one morning on my last trip to New York. It has the feeling of a diner inside and I'm quite sure I was the youngest person in the place by at least two decades. Service was friendly and fast and my popover was huge -- I was wondering if one was going to be enough because I'm used to small popovers, but this thing was the size of my head! My food was all good and overall the experience was good as well.

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★★★★☆

I stopped at this place on a whim one morning on my last trip to New York. It has the feeling of a diner inside and I'm quite sure I was the youngest person in the place by at least two decades. Service was friendly and fast and my popover was huge -- I was wondering if one was going to be enough because I'm used to small popovers, but this thing was the size of my head! My food was all good and overall the experience was good as well.

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I've eaten at Popover multiple times for all meals and I think it's great and definitely priced right. I've never had to wait longer than 20 minutes for a table and that is only for dinner. Their breakfast options are not typical and I love that - the flopovers are awesome if you like sweet breakfasts but the santa fe omlette is also great. The service is slow occasionally but not typically. If you are visiting New York and looking to be "WOWed" by food, don't go to popover. It's great but I think appreciated more by the UWS locals than visitors.

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★★★★☆

I've eaten at Popover multiple times for all meals and I think it's great and definitely priced right. I've never had to wait longer than 20 minutes for a table and that is only for dinner. Their breakfast options are not typical and I love that - the flopovers are awesome if you like sweet breakfasts but the santa fe omlette is also great. The service is slow occasionally but not typically. If you are visiting New York and looking to be "WOWed" by food, don't go to popover. It's great but I think appreciated more by the UWS locals than visitors.

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After deciding the wait was too long at Good Enough to Eat, I came here with a friend for Sunday brunch. It was not worth it! It was overpriced, the portions were small, and the service was not too great. Although we were seated promptly and the waiter was ok, everything else was a disappointment. I paid $25 (with tax and tip) for a small plate of french toast and a cappuccino (that's outrageous!). Then while finishing our drinks the manager came over and told us he had an hour and a half wait. We got the hint and left immediately vowing never to come back again.

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★☆☆☆☆

After deciding the wait was too long at Good Enough to Eat, I came here with a friend for Sunday brunch. It was not worth it! It was overpriced, the portions were small, and the service was not too great. Although we were seated promptly and the waiter was ok, everything else was a disappointment. I paid $25 (with tax and tip) for a small plate of french toast and a cappuccino (that's outrageous!). Then while finishing our drinks the manager came over and told us he had an hour and a half wait. We got the hint and left immediately vowing never to come back again.

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Popover Cafe is definitely overrated. I am more disappointed than ever when i have just dined there this past weekend. In the last couple of years that I've eaten there, the breakfast menu's "Flopover", "Eggs Popeye", and the "Special Scramble" are just a notch above your typical diner food. My biggest disappointment of all is that a "manager" (i presume) passed by my party's table, rapping onto it lightly, and then firmly informing us,---"there's an hour and 1/2 wait outside". Obviously, an offense , the "manager" should have some tact and addressed it : "pardon me for saying this, but there's a big crowd of customers outside waiting ...and if you are done (eating)...." I would stop his sentence, gladly pay the bill and then make haste for the door. By the way, I / we weren't there for hours monopolizing their table. But anyway, customers like me and my friends shouldn't be treated this way. I am resolved not to patronize Popover Cafe with my friends ever again due to this shabby treatment and by the "MANAGER" to boot! However, if the food was really, really, really good, i just might dismiss the shabby treatment.

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★☆☆☆☆

Popover Cafe is definitely overrated. I am more disappointed than ever when i have just dined there this past weekend. In the last couple of years that I've eaten there, the breakfast menu's "Flopover", "Eggs Popeye", and the "Special Scramble" are just a notch above your typical diner food. My biggest disappointment of all is that a "manager" (i presume) passed by my party's table, rapping onto it lightly, and then firmly informing us,---"there's an hour and 1/2 wait outside". Obviously, an offense , the "manager" should have some tact and addressed it : "pardon me for saying this, but there's a big crowd of customers outside waiting ...and if you are done (eating)...." I would stop his sentence, gladly pay the bill and then make haste for the door. By the way, I / we weren't there for hours monopolizing their table. But anyway, customers like me and my friends shouldn't be treated this way. I am resolved not to patronize Popover Cafe with my friends ever again due to this shabby treatment and by the "MANAGER" to boot! However, if the food was really, really, really good, i just might dismiss the shabby treatment.

Pros: Popovers & Strawberry Butter

Cons: Service and most of their entrees

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Where do I begin...My boyfriend and I came in on a Tuesday night (both very hungry), the restaurant was certainly not busy, yet it took our waiter nearly 15 minutes to take our order. He had no knowledge of what was in the food or what the soup of the day was. Another 20 minutes later our food came. I did not like the chicken pop pie and left it on the edge of the table. He repeatedly asked me if anything was wrong with it and when i said it just didn't taste good, he asked yet again. When the bill came, he said 'thank you for being honest, most people would have lied and said it was nasty and received their meal for free.' As I opened my bill, I was charged the $16 for the food I barely touched. So, had I lied, I would have received a free dinner; however, because I am an honest person, I was punished. In either case, I did not like the food, yet I chose not to insult it and had to pay.

I am not upset because I had to pay, I am upset because he basically told me that I got screwed for being nice. What kind of service is that? Don't expect to teach your kids ethics or good manners at Popover Cafe.

** My boyfriend's order was very ordinary and definitely over-priced.

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★☆☆☆☆

Where do I begin...My boyfriend and I came in on a Tuesday night (both very hungry), the restaurant was certainly not busy, yet it took our waiter nearly 15 minutes to take our order. He had no knowledge of what was in the food or what the soup of the day was. Another 20 minutes later our food came. I did not like the chicken pop pie and left it on the edge of the table. He repeatedly asked me if anything was wrong with it and when i said it just didn't taste good, he asked yet again. When the bill came, he said 'thank you for being honest, most people would have lied and said it was nasty and received their meal for free.' As I opened my bill, I was charged the $16 for the food I barely touched. So, had I lied, I would have received a free dinner; however, because I am an honest person, I was punished. In either case, I did not like the food, yet I chose not to insult it and had to pay.

I am not upset because I had to pay, I am upset because he basically told me that I got screwed for being nice. What kind of service is that? Don't expect to teach your kids ethics or good manners at Popover Cafe.

** My boyfriend's order was very ordinary and definitely over-priced.

Pros: strawberry butter

Cons: service, value

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I and my dining companion arrive around 11:00 A.M We were seated near some art work that was less than eye appealing. In fact it made my 8 year olds work look like masterpieces. Sure it's mean-spirited, but after munching on a couple of the dishes here, you'll be ready to let the acid drip from your tongue.

Service is just barely average, with little if no interest in the customer, "hurry-up and wait" pacing, and receiving a chipped glass on my second serving of orange juice It is a fairly sizeable chip and I easily could have cut myself on it if I hadn't been observant.
This lack of care extends into the kitchen.

The Pop-Over, the name sake of the place, was uneatable. While my Chicken hash had no chicken.
My dining companion's fared worse. They could not even finish . Again, it isn't terrible, just bland. It is similar to a TV dinner in flavor and execution. The food is either frozen or from a can.

When we went to complain to the manager John, he was rude and raised his voice. Although, it is not unexpected to have management like this in a place that is so sub par.

Anyone who has lived in New York for any length of time can name several mediocre restaurants that do a lively business that leave foodies scratching their heads. Why the public can be so forgiving and cling to sub-par restaurants while ignoring those with excellent cuisine and great prices is beyond me. I would ignore and leave PopOver's behind.

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★☆☆☆☆

I and my dining companion arrive around 11:00 A.M We were seated near some art work that was less than eye appealing. In fact it made my 8 year olds work look like masterpieces. Sure it's mean-spirited, but after munching on a couple of the dishes here, you'll be ready to let the acid drip from your tongue.

Service is just barely average, with little if no interest in the customer, "hurry-up and wait" pacing, and receiving a chipped glass on my second serving of orange juice It is a fairly sizeable chip and I easily could have cut myself on it if I hadn't been observant.
This lack of care extends into the kitchen.

The Pop-Over, the name sake of the place, was uneatable. While my Chicken hash had no chicken.
My dining companion's fared worse. They could not even finish . Again, it isn't terrible, just bland. It is similar to a TV dinner in flavor and execution. The food is either frozen or from a can.

When we went to complain to the manager John, he was rude and raised his voice. Although, it is not unexpected to have management like this in a place that is so sub par.

Anyone who has lived in New York for any length of time can name several mediocre restaurants that do a lively business that leave foodies scratching their heads. Why the public can be so forgiving and cling to sub-par restaurants while ignoring those with excellent cuisine and great prices is beyond me. I would ignore and leave PopOver's behind.

Pros: Priceing

Cons: Bad Food, Bad Service, Rude Manager

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I brought friends from out of town and after waiting a half an hour for a table, we waited another 20 minutes for someone to take our order, and another 15 minutes to get our coffee. The busboys were wiping dirty tables right onto the floor and then the eggs came out undercooked and the popovers overcooked. The service was not just bad it was non-existant and bordered on rude. Won't go back, wouldn't recommend it and had to apologize to my friends for bringing them there.

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★☆☆☆☆

I brought friends from out of town and after waiting a half an hour for a table, we waited another 20 minutes for someone to take our order, and another 15 minutes to get our coffee. The busboys were wiping dirty tables right onto the floor and then the eggs came out undercooked and the popovers overcooked. The service was not just bad it was non-existant and bordered on rude. Won't go back, wouldn't recommend it and had to apologize to my friends for bringing them there.

Cons: bad service, bad food, don't take recommendations

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My boyfriend and I went here for out first breakfast together. It had great fresh squeezed orange juice and adorable decor with teddy bears galore. I had the eggs benedict which was served on a GIANT popover and my boyfriend had the belgian waffle. The waffle was awesome, it would soak up the maple syrup and then explode in your mouth with a wave of maple. crazy good! The eggs benedict were good but nothing spectacular. We also had a popover with strawberry butter. These popovers are the biggest pasteries I have ever seen! All in all, its a great and quiet place to have a good and hearty breakfast.

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★★★★☆

My boyfriend and I went here for out first breakfast together. It had great fresh squeezed orange juice and adorable decor with teddy bears galore. I had the eggs benedict which was served on a GIANT popover and my boyfriend had the belgian waffle. The waffle was awesome, it would soak up the maple syrup and then explode in your mouth with a wave of maple. crazy good! The eggs benedict were good but nothing spectacular. We also had a popover with strawberry butter. These popovers are the biggest pasteries I have ever seen! All in all, its a great and quiet place to have a good and hearty breakfast.

Pros: great waffles, cute place

Cons: doesnt knock your socks off

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I took my 11 year old daughter for a pre-Nutcracker dinner. The ambience was warm and cozy. My daughter loved the teddy bears lining the window sills. We don't eat meat outside the house and the vegetarian options were numerous- always a plus. My daughter's hot chocolate was very satisfying, as was our chocolate fondue for dessert.
The only negative was the service, which was somewhat slow- not horribly slow, but slow enough to be a little irritating. I do, however, want to bring my husband and other kids here. I think they'd enjoy it!

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★★★★☆

I took my 11 year old daughter for a pre-Nutcracker dinner. The ambience was warm and cozy. My daughter loved the teddy bears lining the window sills. We don't eat meat outside the house and the vegetarian options were numerous- always a plus. My daughter's hot chocolate was very satisfying, as was our chocolate fondue for dessert.
The only negative was the service, which was somewhat slow- not horribly slow, but slow enough to be a little irritating. I do, however, want to bring my husband and other kids here. I think they'd enjoy it!

Pros: inexpensive, good ambience, good food

Cons: slow service

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This cramped, bland restuarant's idea of decor is painting the walls yellow and throwing up an occasional picture. We ordered from the brunch menu - he ordered the creole eggs and I ordered Mel's french toast. The waitress then gave us a complimentery hollow popover that was slightly burned and tasted of raw eggs but we ate it anyway. His dish was so small it looked like a side dish- about 2 (he thinks 3) eggs with some sausage chopped up and thrown in. Good flavor but no potatoes or toast anywhere. My french toast was two slices of bread cut in half- the perfect breakfast for a 4 year old. It was ok, but not great. After we were done and our lofty check arrived he vaguely mentioned getting a hot dog cause we were both still kind of hungry....

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★☆☆☆☆

This cramped, bland restuarant's idea of decor is painting the walls yellow and throwing up an occasional picture. We ordered from the brunch menu - he ordered the creole eggs and I ordered Mel's french toast. The waitress then gave us a complimentery hollow popover that was slightly burned and tasted of raw eggs but we ate it anyway. His dish was so small it looked like a side dish- about 2 (he thinks 3) eggs with some sausage chopped up and thrown in. Good flavor but no potatoes or toast anywhere. My french toast was two slices of bread cut in half- the perfect breakfast for a 4 year old. It was ok, but not great. After we were done and our lofty check arrived he vaguely mentioned getting a hot dog cause we were both still kind of hungry....

Cons: no ambiance, small portions, expensive

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This is the ideal place for a relatively quiet and quick bite to eat. Most people will be pleased to read that their menu is much more interesting than your average cafe or coffee shoppe fare. Definately try one of their trademark popover sandwiches. I highly recommend "The Granny," which is turkey, thinnly sliced granny apple, turkey bacon, cheese, and onion. BTW, the service there is ALWAYS friendly and accomodating.

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★★★★☆

This is the ideal place for a relatively quiet and quick bite to eat. Most people will be pleased to read that their menu is much more interesting than your average cafe or coffee shoppe fare. Definately try one of their trademark popover sandwiches. I highly recommend "The Granny," which is turkey, thinnly sliced granny apple, turkey bacon, cheese, and onion. BTW, the service there is ALWAYS friendly and accomodating.

Pros: menu, service, price

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I brought out of town guests here hearing how wonderful it was. It was terrible. The waitress forgot our coffee, took forever to take our order, never checked in with us after the food came and when we were done, didn't bring us the check for the longest time. As for the food, the person who ordered an omelette was satisfied but those that ordered pancakes or french toast received cold dishes. YUCK. The popovers were tasteless and the strawberry butter was miniscule. The person who ordered the omelette had eaten a popover before the food was brought out and the omelette comes with a popover. Nothing indicated that and the waitress couldn't be bothered to say. Total DISAPPOINTMENT.

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★☆☆☆☆

I brought out of town guests here hearing how wonderful it was. It was terrible. The waitress forgot our coffee, took forever to take our order, never checked in with us after the food came and when we were done, didn't bring us the check for the longest time. As for the food, the person who ordered an omelette was satisfied but those that ordered pancakes or french toast received cold dishes. YUCK. The popovers were tasteless and the strawberry butter was miniscule. The person who ordered the omelette had eaten a popover before the food was brought out and the omelette comes with a popover. Nothing indicated that and the waitress couldn't be bothered to say. Total DISAPPOINTMENT.

Pros: close by, comfortable booths

Cons: bad service , cold food, lousy management

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This restaurant charmed the socks off of me by using an "at home" feel. Their service was wonderful and prompt, with servers around whenever you needed them. I went for breakfast for a family gathering and the food was wonderful. Their food is superb!

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★★★★★

This restaurant charmed the socks off of me by using an "at home" feel. Their service was wonderful and prompt, with servers around whenever you needed them. I went for breakfast for a family gathering and the food was wonderful. Their food is superb!

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we took a 10.00 cab ride to go there for breakfast...what a MISTAKE! the host was so rude i complained to the manager...she wasn't any better...i got mad and left...at 51 years of age, this was a first! we went down the street to "good enough to eat" where there was a line....we waited and we were glad! good food, great service and nice people. popovers success evidently has lead to arrogance which in time will give way to failure, unless they decide to change.

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★☆☆☆☆

we took a 10.00 cab ride to go there for breakfast...what a MISTAKE! the host was so rude i complained to the manager...she wasn't any better...i got mad and left...at 51 years of age, this was a first! we went down the street to "good enough to eat" where there was a line....we waited and we were glad! good food, great service and nice people. popovers success evidently has lead to arrogance which in time will give way to failure, unless they decide to change.

Pros: decor

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I had brunch here this afternoon and thought everything went WAY DOWNILL! The food was not nearly as interesting as I remembered it being two years ago and the popovers were too large and overdone, not light and fluffy. We ordered the salads, which were terrible. The spinach salad came with 5 large slabs of bacon across the top and the vegetables were boring and tasteless. There are much better places for brunch, with far better tasting salads than here. And, I wish they could get at least the popovers right!

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★★☆☆☆

I had brunch here this afternoon and thought everything went WAY DOWNILL! The food was not nearly as interesting as I remembered it being two years ago and the popovers were too large and overdone, not light and fluffy. We ordered the salads, which were terrible. The spinach salad came with 5 large slabs of bacon across the top and the vegetables were boring and tasteless. There are much better places for brunch, with far better tasting salads than here. And, I wish they could get at least the popovers right!

Pros: atmosphere, cute, comfortable

Cons: , service, popovers

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The food was enjoyable (brunch) but the overall attitude of the staff was deplorable. The manager acted as if he was doing us a favor by 'allowing' us to eat there. Absurd behavior by someone in 'the service industry.' Do yourself a favor and have brunch somewhere else.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food was enjoyable (brunch) but the overall attitude of the staff was deplorable. The manager acted as if he was doing us a favor by 'allowing' us to eat there. Absurd behavior by someone in 'the service industry.' Do yourself a favor and have brunch somewhere else.

Pros: comforable seating, pleasant decor

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Although I was annoyed by the fact that I had to wait for 30 minutes to be seated, I was also excited bec a long wait usually means great quality. However, when I tried Cathleen's sandwich with avocado, mushroom and gruyere on their showcase "Popover", I was very disappointed. Yes, the ingredients were fresh but the combination lacked imagination and synergy, and therefore unremarkable as if one had thrown together a gourmet salad on a croissant. "Popover" was interesting (it's basically an inflated crossant with the inner lining of a crepe) but it gets cold too quickly and the novelty of eating it wears off quickly. It should be considered an accessory to a meal rather than the meal in itself. In fact, the only thing I liked from my brunch was the strawberry butter which came with Popover. Its not a bad place but its reputation is definitely overrated.

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★★★☆☆

Although I was annoyed by the fact that I had to wait for 30 minutes to be seated, I was also excited bec a long wait usually means great quality. However, when I tried Cathleen's sandwich with avocado, mushroom and gruyere on their showcase "Popover", I was very disappointed. Yes, the ingredients were fresh but the combination lacked imagination and synergy, and therefore unremarkable as if one had thrown together a gourmet salad on a croissant. "Popover" was interesting (it's basically an inflated crossant with the inner lining of a crepe) but it gets cold too quickly and the novelty of eating it wears off quickly. It should be considered an accessory to a meal rather than the meal in itself. In fact, the only thing I liked from my brunch was the strawberry butter which came with Popover. Its not a bad place but its reputation is definitely overrated.

Pros: nice service, fresh ingredients

Cons: , overrated dishes

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More than the best upper-west side brunch! The chicken POP pie has vegetables so nicely prepared it is like eating a vegetable garden. Most dishes have some novel ingredient that after you try it, makes you wonder why it wasn't always in there. The TAB (like a turkey club but with turkey, APPLE and bacon) is sublime. Oh, and the popovers with strawberry butter AND preserves will wow any out of town guests.

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★★★★★

More than the best upper-west side brunch! The chicken POP pie has vegetables so nicely prepared it is like eating a vegetable garden. Most dishes have some novel ingredient that after you try it, makes you wonder why it wasn't always in there. The TAB (like a turkey club but with turkey, APPLE and bacon) is sublime. Oh, and the popovers with strawberry butter AND preserves will wow any out of town guests.

Pros: interesting menu, great for visitors, strawberry preserves

Cons: , slightly expensive, long brunch waits

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Like the other reviews say, definitely avoid weekends which are packed. However, weekday afternoons are a good bet, after say taking someone over to the Museum of Natural History.

The favs are of course the Popovers themselves with strawberry butter which melts right into the bread. The Popovers Benedict are delicious with the lemon Hollandaise sauce.

The service is expedient. The decor at times has cutesy teddy bears lining the windows.

At best it's a good brunch spot if you can land a seat, at worst it's overpriced diner food.

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★★★★☆

Like the other reviews say, definitely avoid weekends which are packed. However, weekday afternoons are a good bet, after say taking someone over to the Museum of Natural History.

The favs are of course the Popovers themselves with strawberry butter which melts right into the bread. The Popovers Benedict are delicious with the lemon Hollandaise sauce.

The service is expedient. The decor at times has cutesy teddy bears lining the windows.

At best it's a good brunch spot if you can land a seat, at worst it's overpriced diner food.

Pros: Consistent, Fresh, Good UWS spot

Cons: Crowded on weekends, Pricey for the fare

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If you can, this place is great for weekday lunches, not very crowded. The popover sandwiches are so great. I try to come here whenever I get in to the city. Keep your eyes open for the cute teddybear head near the ceiling on the yellow brick wall in the room with the espresso bar. It had me giggling for ages.

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★★★★☆

If you can, this place is great for weekday lunches, not very crowded. The popover sandwiches are so great. I try to come here whenever I get in to the city. Keep your eyes open for the cute teddybear head near the ceiling on the yellow brick wall in the room with the espresso bar. It had me giggling for ages.

Pros: cozy, great food

Cons: a little worn

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I live right up the street and everytime I go to give this place I regret it. The management is terrible. The decor is worn as is in wornout and they need to remodel and update the layout. Service is just bad. The food is good...I have no complaints.

PS I think the owner must rate himself...no one would give this place a 10!

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★★★☆☆

I live right up the street and everytime I go to give this place I regret it. The management is terrible. The decor is worn as is in wornout and they need to remodel and update the layout. Service is just bad. The food is good...I have no complaints.

PS I think the owner must rate himself...no one would give this place a 10!

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OK, I personally don't get the Popover thing but when you need to eat with someone who does, what better place to go? The menu is broad and deep enough to satisfy most comfort food tastes. Don't like the long wait -- choose your time carefully. I've been multiple times and never waited more than 15 minutes. Just DON'T GO for Sunday brunch. Period.

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★★★☆☆

OK, I personally don't get the Popover thing but when you need to eat with someone who does, what better place to go? The menu is broad and deep enough to satisfy most comfort food tastes. Don't like the long wait -- choose your time carefully. I've been multiple times and never waited more than 15 minutes. Just DON'T GO for Sunday brunch. Period.

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Homey and casual, this Upper West Side cafe has become a New York mainstay in its nearly three-decade long life (so far). Plump popovers slathered with strawberry or apple butter, large fresh salads and egg dishes are perennial favorites…

 

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