1272 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002740.811236 -73.957999
Neighborhoods: Uptown, Morningside Heights
Kitchenette has grown from its tiny beginnings in a 9 stool diner to become a bustling cornerstone of hearty American cuisine. Touted as having the best brunch in NYC by Citysearch as well as Time Out magazine, Kitchenette serves up stacks of fruited pancakes and fluffy scrambled eggs with melt in your mouth biscuits to neighborhood people, business people and tourists alike. Dinner is also served 7 nights a week so if Turkey Meatloaf with gravy and mashed potatoes or Chicken and Biscuits is what you crave, Kitchenette is sure to please. Catering has also become an integral part of Kitchenette. Whatever the occasion-business or personal, Kitchenette will customize just the right menu. Stop by any time and you will be transported you from your busy NYC life to a relaxed country diner in the heart of New England.
Cold or Missing Food, Take Your Pick – The question to ask yourself when ordering delivery from Kitchenette is, do you want your food cold, or do you want it at all? The food was 1:40 minutes late, and was cold. Our office meeting had already finished by the time it arrived and then over 25% wasn't even there. And half of what they brought was inedible. Sad, because we really wanted to love this place.
Appalling customer service – We ordered for delivery - they were more than 90 minutes late and when we opened the bags we found they had only delivered part of the order. Never again - steer clear!
Lighten up NYC Brunch Goers! – We waited at least 20 minutes for a table at Kitchenette's Uptown restaurant and while the tables were packed and we had to sit close to a neighboring table, we got water at our table right away, the server came by to ask for drinks within a reasonable amount of time and we ordered when we were ready. It was packed and when we asked about our pancakes taking a bit longer than we anticipated the waitress told us that their grill is only so large and when a lot of orders go in at once it takes a while to get them lined up on the grill. Made sense to me.
FYI - this isn't a place to go for a leisurely weekend brunch if you want to linger over your coffee or whip out your laptop because there is almost always a line of people waiting to get in - but the food is good and you can get in and out without a hassle once you sit down.
I did notice that the waitresses were stressed out but it seems to me that with a restaurant that crowded they are bound to be a bit overwhelmed. When my husband made a joke though, our waitress smiled and seemed to lighten up. A touch of kindness can help - I was a waitress once too - so smile at your overwhelmed server. NYC diners can be harsh on their servers. Lighten up and chances are your service will improve!
Best Brunch in NYC – I have been here for brunch on a number of occasions and I have been consistently happy. Oftentimes, I come here with 3 or 4 friends for a mini-book club while dining on the extremely delicious comfort food. At no point are we ever rushed or asked to leave. One of the greatest things about this place is that once you are situated you are not expected to get up and leave to make room for the next table once done eating. I will continue to go back!
Bad service, bad food. Definitely Skip. – At first impression, we wrongly assumed we were in for a nice dining experience. The place is decorated nicely. But the dining experience was miserable. Right after ordering, we asked to move because the sun was blaring right in our eyes and the staff refused saying we just placed an order (not sure why that would matter). We inisted and were reluctantly moved and they never waited on us again after bringing the food. On top of that, the staff were visibly eating in the corner like a pack of feral dogs.
As far as the food, both the quality and the taste were very disappointing. I've had better waffles out of a frozen breakfast package (Eggo waffles, $1.99 at your local supermarket). The omelette was average at best, the meat inside tasting extremely processed. The prices were expensive, particularly given the very subpar quality.
Walking out, we were shocked that there was a line to get into this place. Don't be fooled by the decor. Very disappointing, skip it.....
cute & charming feel – The food is good but nothing spectacular. It's great for brunch or lunch. Nice place for first dates because it's not TOO romantic yet it's a comfy place.
cute, okay – The writers of the kitchenette menu had a knack for making the dishes sound really tasty, if perhaps a little exaggerated. The food was pretty good, but nothing to write home about. My tex mex eggs tasted a lot better than they looked (thank goodness! UGLY!) and my sister's peach crepes were flavorful, if overly chewy.
The dining room is very crowded, with precious little space between different parties, which can be awkward. We were also unimpressed by how ridiculously loud it seemed. We asked to be reseated in a quieter area, but by the time our lackadaisical waiter got around to move us, we decided it was no longer worth the bother.
Excellent Brunch!! – I went here last Sunday for brunch for the first time. It was very good. I had the Berry pancakes with the turkey sausage. The decor was cute it had a rustic like theme. You will see alot of Columbia University students there. I recommend everyone to try it. I was even lucky enough to find a parking space around the corner but it is hard to determine whether or not parking is always easy to find.
BEST MEATLOAF EVER – When I first came for dinner I was a bit weary with my
girlfriends decision to dine there; however, after one taste of their
turkey meatloaf and mac & cheese I knew we made the right decision.
The night crowd at the restaurant isn't too big which makes for better
service. Their wine and beer menu is pretty good and their desserts excellent.
cardboard, rare and well done – My wife and I went on Easter for brunch and maybe the regular cooks were out that morning or something. We both ordered the waffle special, which was expensive for a waffle. One was as dry and tasteless as cardboard (really, cardboard is a good comparision) and the other equally tasteless but undercooked, so it was more like soggy cardboard. The butter didn't help because they didn't give us any. Nice little place though.
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