159 Lexington Ave at 30th, Murray Hill/Midtown East
Penelope is all about comfort. It serves bright, creative comfort food in a cozy setting, with sweet service and a warm. Not surprisingly, it’s a popular neighborhood place. We ordered a future classic: arugula with warm chicken meatballs. The melt-in-your-mouth meatballs were a perfect contrast with the spicy greens. Next, we had one of my favorites: chicken pot pie, which was light and flaky outside and warm and creamy inside with squash and asparagus, in addition to the standard peas and carrots. An excellent version. For dessert, we shared the marvelous raspberry sour cream coffee cake. It wasn’t overly sweet, which I prefer, and had a nice balance of flavors and a classic crumb topping. I have no idea who Penelope is, but her restaurant certainly is warm and comforting on a cold day.