Place: Good Enough To Eat
Neighborhood: Upper West Side, 483 Amsterdam Ave. (between 83rd and 84th St.)
The scoop: Since we both had off the week between Christmas and New Years, we wanted to take advantage of a weekday brunch. Good Enough To Eat seemed like the perfect option for us. Their brunch menu is very extensive, and with celebrity fans such as Kevin Bacon, this place has quite the following. Brunchers can be found waiting for an hour or so on the weekends, so we figured an early Tuesday afternoon would be the best time time to take advantage of this popular brunch.
When we arrived around 1:30 p.m., we were surprised to see a fairly decent crowd waiting outside. We went inside to put our name on the list, but were told that there was no list. Rather, you go outside and wait on line, and they will come out and get people from the line to fill the next empty table. We really lucked out with getting seated. As soon as we took our place at the end of the line, they came out to announce that they could seat a party of two. We were seated comfortably right by the window. We could see other tables toward the middle of the restaurant were cramped and had less space than us. GETE has a feeling that is reminiscent of a country kitchen. One wall was exposed brick, and candles, framed pictures and even a quilt decorated the walls. One of the things that caught our eye was the adorable white picket fence that separated the bar area from the dining area. Also, GETE is so popular that they even sell their own apparel!
The service was good. Our waitress was helpful and attentive. Our food and drinks arrived quickly, and even though they were very busy, we did not feel rushed.
Bottoms up: GETE has a full bar and a very diverse list of brunch cocktails.
Poinsettia $9 / Cranberry juice and champagne
This drink was a very generous size. The combination of cranberry juice and champagne was interesting, but I really liked it. The champagne taste was not overpowering, yet I could tell they did not skimp on the champagne. It was just right. This is a nice alternative to a mimosa or bellini.
Pellini $9 / Pomegranate or pineapple juice and champagne
The Pellini is a spin on the bellini. I opted for pomegranate juice. The drink was good, however, I felt the pomegranate juice dominated. I would have liked more of a balance between the two ingredients. As Jen said, the serving size was extremely generous. They filled our glasses to the brim! The drinks aren’t cheap, so at least you’re getting your money’s worth.
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Country Scrambled $7 / Sliced new potatoes and sautéed onions. Served with buttermilk biscuits and strawberry butter
At $7, this meal was a steal! I had initially ordered the corned beef hash and was told they had just run out, but I’m really happy I ended up with this meal. The eggs had a great flavor from the onions and red potatoes. My only complaint about the potatoes is that they were a little hard, and I would have preferred them softer. The biscuits and strawberry butter were amazing! You could tell the biscuits were fresh, and they were not buttery at all. They were soft and delicious. I loved the strawberry butter. You could also tell that this was freshly made, and the strawberry flavor went so well with the biscuits. If you brunch at GETE, you have to make sure you try these biscuits!
Turkey Hash $10.75 / Roast turkey, potatoes, red bell peppers, carrots, celery, two poached eggs and biscuits
I wanted to get something a little different this time around at brunch. This dish caught my eye because it was lunchy, but the eggs added a breakfast twist. First off, the amount of food was ridiculous. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but big chunks of moist turkey, carrots, celery, pepper and potatoes were underneath the eggs (I substituted poached for scrambled). The dish was heavier on the carrots than the other veggies, but I was fine with that. Everything was absolutely delicious. The abundance of meat and vegetables reminded me of a stew, which warmed me up on a cold and rainy winter day. It was a big ol’ plate of comfort food! I didn’t even need the eggs. Not to mention, I also got two flaky, wonderful biscuits. The biscuits were so good with a spread of the strawberry butter or dipped into the light sauce that formed from the turkey and veggies. I was very satisfied with my meal, and if I went back to GETE, I’d have a hard time ordering another dish.
The final bite: The dishes at Good Enough to Eat are more than just good … they’re great! Their eclectic menu has something for everyone. GETE is also the perfect place for a weekday brunch.
Reviewed by: Jen and Stephanie