By Dane Feldman
Photos by Dane Feldman.
Good Enough to Eat is one of the more popular brunch spots on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. So much so, in fact, that weekend after weekend patrons line up around the block just to get in. I was fortunate enough to get on a short line at this Columbus Avenue spot and was seated within minutes.
Good Enough to Eat serves breakfast/brunch, lunch, and dinner, but seems to be most popular for brunch. The brunch menu at GETE is fairly straightforward. Its breakfast heavy with a handful of classics (silver dollar pancakes, waffles, and eggs cooked to order), but also contains an abundance of more intriguing items that fit in line with “American home cooking,” like the Deep South: three scrambled eggs with biscuits, and sausage gravy.
Patrons can find seven different omelettes, six egg dishes, egg sandwiches, and even vegan options. I went for the corned beef hash: chunks of corned beef and potatoes served with two poached eggs and buttermilk biscuits. The beef was tender and juicy and the eggs were poached and runny to perfection. I would have liked to see the potatoes be a bit more crispy, but they weren’t mushy or hard so a few more minutes in the oven would have sufficed.
Here’s where GETE’s creativity shows best. Aside from a variety of coffees, juices, soft drinks, and apple cider, GETE also serves beer on tap, beer by the bottle and can, and wine both by the bottle and glass.
The cocktail menu has a certain “create your own” vibe thanks to the fact that Bloody Marys reign at Good Enough to Eat. Bloody Mary imbibers can find six different styles (a combination of a Bloody Mary and a screwdriver, as well as a Bloody made with sake, gin, Bordeaux, tequila, or spiced rum.
Beyond that, patrons can also choose their Bloody’s garnish (olives, gerkins, pepperoncinis, jalapenos, blue cheese-stuffed olives, or double-smoked and sugar-cured bacon).
I went for the peach bellini, but GETE also serves classic mimosas, as well as grapefruit, pineapple, cranberry, or pomegranate mimosas, and cheladas and micheladas.
The service here is solid. Our waitress was nice, attentive, and knowledgeable, but we did feel a bit rushed. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the line outside, but I don’t recall a brunch meal ever coming out of the kitchen as fast as our dishes did at Good Enough to Eat.
The ambience is great, though, as the interior lends itself a bit to a quaint country corner breakfast stop. Would I go back to GETE? Absolutely, but I don’t know that I’d be willing to wait on a longer line in colder weather.