The owners of Penelope must have good connections at City Hall. That or they found a loophole the zoning code requiring all Murray Hill restaurants to have at least six flat screen televisions on each wall.
They have also somehow figured out how to run a successful establishment in the neighborhood that doesn't primarily serve Tasty D-Lite.
Penelope is a nice little establishment on a quiet stretch of Lexington Ave, devoid of LCD TVs and sporting a comfortable country house feel to it. They do simple food like a killer mac and cheese, a chicken meatball sandwich, and a decent burger - along with several other gems. Brunch is excellent, but can be a bit crazy. Dinner is a little more reserved and is a great option if you feel like some decent eats and a reasonably priced bottle of wine without a scene. If you live in the 'hood, the sandwiches deliver well, and it's usually quick. Also, don't sleep on the home made baked goods.
I am a tough critic when it comes to hummus, but Penelope does it right. Served with bread and apple slices. Not as good as my Grandma's, but a good stand in.
Grilled chicken on a "fluffy flat bread" with marinated artichokes and a pesto mayo. One of my staples when I visit Penelope.
Chicken meatballs with fontina cheese and tomatoes on baguette. This is a nice sandwich indeed, but it often falls apart and can be tough to manage. That said, I have the faculties of a two year old when it comes to food.
For a while, this burger was served on an English muffin. They have since moved on to a sesame seed bun, which pleases me. Burgers don't fit on English muffins.
This is a very good mac and cheese ... up there with the best. Baked with some breadcrumb on top and tomato.
I don't really think much description is needed here, considering I would eat a tire with Nutella on it. Amazing.