551 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002440.788103 -73.974493
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Upper West Side
Great spot for Sunday Brunch – 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 brunch. The eggs were OK, but the popovers were hot and so tasty. My friends couldn't stop talking about them. I will be back.
Came all the way from KC – 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.
homey but crowded on weekends – 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.
Great atmosphere, Intelligently put-together foods, friendly staff – 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!
Good food, but watch out for unwanted "guests" – 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.
Great Local Spot – 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.
Not worth it – 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.
Popover Cafe: Overrated! – 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.
Popped-Over – 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.
Avoid Disaster STAY AWAY!!!! – 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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