Brunch: Popover Cafe

Eating Out



One of the downsides to living in an NYC apartment is that space is a extremely valuable commodity.  As a result, the number of “things that are used to make only one type of thing” I can have is limited.  I already have a madeleine pan, a petit four pan, numerous cupcake tins, mini-springform pans, and a recently-acquired slow-cooker. I just got rid of my juicer.  So I really have no excuse to buy a popover pan.

That just means I’ll have to get my popover fix outside of the kitchen – and what better place than Popover Cafe?

Yes, it’s a whole cafe dedicated to popovers.  While I popped in (OMG! Haha. Unintentional) for Sunday brunch, they are open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  After perusing the menu and ordering, I was greeted with ….THE POPOVER.

For the uninitiated, the popover is an eggy, fluffy pastry that “pops over” its tin while baking, thus earning its name.  Popover Cafe serves its namesake pastry with a healthy portion of strawberry butter (AND regular butter, yum).  The result is light, buttery goodness.

To go with my popover, I ordered the “Carolina Dinah Special” – grilled French ham steak with red-eye gravy, cheddar cheese grits, two eggs any style & a popover:

I’m a sucker for cheddar grits, and these didn’t disappoint – salty, tangy and gooey. The ham was hearty and the red-eye gravy was perfect for some enthusiastic egg-dipping.

Eating buddy ordered the hash and eggs:

I’ll freely admit – my experience with hash of the corned beef variety is limited to the run-of-the-mill, small-diced potato variety.  And I like it.  So it took me a few bites (of my buddy’s dish) to convince myself I liked this hash. But when I did, I was convinced.  It was fatty, flavorful and nicely seasoned.

Popover Cafe has been an institution of the UWS for decades now, and a sample of its light, fluffy pastries will explain why.  If you’re ever in the area, pop on in! (Sorry, couldn’t resist).

Popover Cafe
551 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 86th St.)

Go for the popovers, stay for the brunch.

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    March 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    You made my mouth water..looks so good! Really awesome review!

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    March 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    LOVE strawberry butter. Mmmm.

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    March 2, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    so pillowy. and the grits sound delicious!

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    honey my heart
    March 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    i've not yet tried a popover, but it looks delish. especially with lots of butter 🙂

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    March 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    mmmmmmm if/when you're in LA go to the Mariposa room at Neiman Marcus, their popovers are ssoooooo good 🙂 We tried making these in Oregon one holiday – it was a complete fail!! We were at too high of an elevation & we couldn't figure out how to appropriately alter the measurements, LOL

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    March 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    It is the best 🙂
    I live a few blocks away and get to walk by everyday, meaning the smell and watering mouth is experienced everyday 😉

    Delicioso 🙂

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    San Jose Love
    March 2, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I am an uninitiated. I've never had popovers before

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    March 2, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Mmm, I love popovers! The texture is like nothing else!

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    March 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I've never had a popover but it looks amazing. Like a big airy ball of delicious.

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    March 3, 2011 at 2:32 am

    I love popovers! For Chicago people, you can get delicious ones at David Burke's Primehouse 🙂

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    March 3, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Yum looks great! I must go. Totally love popovers 🙂

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    March 3, 2011 at 3:18 am

    I love this place! So yum. 🙂

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    March 3, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Yum!! THe cheesy grits look so good! The pop-overs sound like a fun food to eat! 🙂 Looks like an interesting place to be!

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    March 4, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Oh man, I am insanely jealous…I want to try a popover! Yum.

    And I totally know how you feel about not having room for specialty pans – we have little to no space in our current kitchen, so I have to stick with the basics only for the time being. But oh, how I dream of the different appliances, pots, and pants I will accumulate as soon as space is not an issue!

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    March 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I love popovers! I bought a popover pan a few years ago and they're quite easy to make! They taste great topped with gruyere cheese…

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    March 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    i LOVE popovers! I have got to go there next time i'm in NYC 🙂

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    Christina M
    March 9, 2011 at 6:30 am

    I love popovers! They served them at Tyler Florence's Wayfare Tavern and they are so delicious – lighter than air. Yum!

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    March 13, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    the first time i ever had popovers was actually a recent visit to San Francisco along Point Lobos at The Cliff House. my boyfriend and i plopped ourselves at the bar area for a lunch break from our GoCar…out came a warm basket of popovers. O M G! glad we have a local place to reminisce on those! thanks for the tip 🙂 so if you're on the west coast, and you're craving, you know where else you can go 😉

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