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In Food on March 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Kitchenette is a cozy, charming little diner.

Unlike so many brunch spots, which are ultra hipster or sceney, Kitchenette lacks that “chichi” feel. Ok so it is a little hokey, with its polka dotted decor. But they aren’t trying to be pretentious in any way.  You get a real sense of a Southern-influenced diner. It actually reminds me of a place I used to frequent in New Orleans. Anyway, the food is delicious and never fancy. The atmosphere, like the food, is more than comforting.

Pancakes, eggs, french toast, oatmeal, and sausage are just a few things that are on the menu. It’s so hard to decide what to have because you are presented with so many mouthwatering options. The Cinnamon swirl french toast served with eggs and turkey sausage was so flavorful. The toast was fluffy,buttery and especially rich topped with syrup.

Cinammon Swirl French Toast with sunny side up eggs and turkey sausage.

A yummy way to start the day!

Alongside the toast were the sunny side eggs and turkey sausage. Perhaps not the best I have ever had but definitely a nice compliment to the french toast.

The perfect sunny side up eggs.

You can even make your own omelet with different ingredients like mozzarella cheese, spinach, tomato, artichoke hearts, bacon, and so much more. And the best part is that it comes with savory cheese grits, which is a nice surprise.

Omelet with mushrooms, turkey sausage, and spinach alongside homemade wheat bread and cheesy grits.

And regardless if it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner you have to try the root beer float. It is served with Max and Mina’s vanilla ice cream and Boylan’s original birch beer and has a nice “foamy head”.

Root Beer Float with Max & Mina's vanilla ice cream and Boylan's original birch beer.

Kitchenette is great for brunch but what’s even better is that they serve breakfast daily until 4:30pm. That means you can sleep most of your day away and still wake up in time for a warm blueberry filled muffin or buttermilk biscuits. And if you go for dinner you can try the “breakfast for dinner” portion of the menu, which includes the farmhouse breakfast and lumberjack, just to name a few. Oh and I almost forgot to mention that it’s all homemade.

While the breakfast is a reason to go, you don’t want to leave without grabbing some baked goods. It’s pretty hard to miss that display case when you walk in. It is usually stocked with an abundant amount of treats like hostess cupcakes, tarts, cookies, and other delicious pastries. When I was just there the waitress explained how all of the cakes are made with real cream cheese frosting, whether it’s a strawberry shortcake (which she said was her favorite) or a cappuccino cake.

The display case is always full of delicious pastries.

Kitchenette uses sweet butter and pure vanilla extract in all their baked goods.

Kitchenette is cozy, quirky, and the overall ambiance is charming. The food is simple, decent comfort food. And they give you pretty generous portions, almost to much. Our waitress was super attentive and very happy. I guess I would be to if I was surrounded by German chocolate and red velvet cakes. This is a great place to stop by if you’re in the neighborhood. But don’t expect any frills, unless you are talking about the decor.

1272 Amsterdam Ave
(between 122nd St & 123rd St)
New York, NY 10027
Neighborhood: Morningside Heights

(212) 531-7600

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