After getting tired of spending Saturday and Sunday mornings at bagel places on the UES, my boyfriend Ben and I headed over to the UWS for brunch last Sunday. Â After reading reviews on Yelp, we decided to take the crosstown bus over to Good Enough to Eat.
As we walked down Amsterdam, we saw a line outside the restaurant. Â In order to be seated, patrons wait outside, but don’t get scared -the line moves fairly quickly. Â That being said, I wouldn’t plan on heading here if you are having a reunion girls weekend or entertaining your whole family – parties of two were seated much faster. Â
We were seated within 10 minutes indoors, although some people were brave enough to eat outside. Â The inside reminded me of someone’s apartment, turned into a restaurant. Â There were book shelves and trinkets all around the restaurant. Â A white picket fence separated the bar from the restaurant. Â It was an odd interior, but for a place known for its brunch, it worked.
I was in the mood for something savory and sweet, so we decided to split two entrees. To start though, we went with the hot chocolate – this was real hotÂ chocolate made with steamed milk and was absolutely delicious. Â The frothy milk on the top tasted so good I even risked burning my tongue and quickly grabbed a sip (and unfortunately suffered an injury). Â For breakfast, I ordered a BLT omelet with double-smoked bacon, Gruyere cheese and tomatoes. Â The omelet was good, but as a cheese fanatic (and yes, I can name my top 10 favorite cheeses), would have loved it to be a bit more cheesier. Â With the omelet came these amazing biscuits with strawberry butter. Â The butter was a great addition to the meal and reminded me of Cracker Barrel and its apple butter. Â
Ben and I then traded dishes and I was able to try the pumpkin french toast, which is made with pumpkin bread, and served with a pear/cranberry compote. Â The pumpkin french toast tasted like regular french toast, but had the aftertaste of spice to bring you back to the Thanksgiving meal. Â My favorite part may have been the fruit on top – it was delicious and I actually was inspired to visit a grocery store afterwards to purchase fruit for myself.
We also ordered a side of turkey sausage patties. Â Now I’m not a fan of breakfast sausage, but this was excellent – the patties are homemade and aren’t greasy and fattening. Â Instead, it had just the right amount of seasoning and I’d highly recommend them. Â I was actually disappointed that I was splitting them with Ben and only got to eat one.
Good Enough to Eat is a little on the pricier side for breakfast, with most entrees costing at least $10. Â Between our entrees, hot chocolates and side dish of sausage, our bill came to $36 before tip for two – a little more than I’d like to spend. Â However, Good Enough to Eat is a great treat and provides some really great combinations that you won’t see in your local diner. Â While I cannot afford to head back every weekend, it’s definitely a place I’d visit when looking to catch up with someone over brunch or wanting something better than a bacon egg and cheese on a bagel. Â In fact, I’m looking forward to my next trip so I can try the bacon waffles.The Basics Name: Good Enough to Eat Location: 483 Amsterdam Ave, between 83rd and 84th Who to take: Date , Friends (only take one person!) Price: $$Â Overall: A little more than I’d like to spend for breakfast, but certainly delicious. Â 4 stars.