I Love the UWS Visits Good Enough to Eat

If you’re looking for a good down-home meal in New York City then you must check out Good Enough To Eat on Amsterdam Ave and 83rd street. Here they blend their worldly knowledge of the Big Apple’s cutting edge culinary scene, with the rich traditions of good old-fashioned American comfort food. Esteemed chef Carrie Levin, author of two celebrated cookbooks on traditional American cuisine, founded GETE and continues to serve her tasty dishes there every day.

Read the full review on “I Love the Upper West Side” website here: Good Enough to Eat on the Upper West Side

Sweet in More Ways Than One

Sarah Spigelman from Fritos Foie Gras shares her experience with our pancakes:

So thick, so fluffy, so airy yet rich and buttery…this is the pancake setting standard. It is substantial enough to stand up to a thick pouring of real maple syrup yet soft enough to cut with only a fork. Lightly vanilla scented, and perfect with the fruity, fragrant strawberry butter. Strawberries might be outta season but they sure do taste great when mixed with unsalted butter.

-Sarah Spigelman

The Brunch-Lover’s Bible Swears by GETE!

They voted our waffles and omelets top of the list “…Good Enough To Eat, which makes [a waffle] with bits of bacon inside…” and “…its omelet with sharp white cheddar and slices of Granny Smith apple (known as the Gramercy Park)…

-Brunch Lover’s Bible

We Are Everywhere, ELLE Japan Writes…

“The place for fluffy pancakes and cozy space!”

“Good Enough to Eat owner, Carrie Levin, studied cooking in London and when she came back to New York in 1981, she opened her own restaurant to serve “good old” American traditional food, which she felt was disappearing. Blueberry pancakes have blueberries inside as well and are cooked just right fluffy texture, you want to come back to eat them over and over again. Fruits accompanying pancakes change seasonally from blueberries, bananas to apples.”

-ELLE Japan

Gerry Frank 08′ – 09′

“…breakfast and brunch: you cannot do better in both categories (and) lunches feature inexpensive and delicious salads, burgers, pizzas and sandwiches…dinner: meatloaf, turkey, pork chops, fish and roast chicken; wonderful pies, cakes and ice cream. This is comfort food at its best.”

“Breakfast Not Brunch” “…the wait on the weekends is ridiculous, so try to go during the week…pumpkin French toast, a “Wall Street” omelet with honey mustard-glazed ham and Vermont cheddar or ‘Peter Paul’ pancakes filled with Belgian chocolate chips, coconut…I’m getting hungry writing this.”

-Gerry Frank


“When we happen to find ourselves waking up in Central Park, we crawl over to Good Enough to Eat (483 Amersterdam Ave, 212-496-0163). Lonni loves the Beer-Battered Chicken Fingers ($12.50). Chaz craves their Vegetable Mountain ($14.95) served over brown rice with a ginger watercress sauce while Sweet Georgia goes for the Shrimp in a Chipoltle Cream Sauce ($19.50), served over pasta and vegetables. Make sure you ask for some of their delicious hot buns, and indulge in a slice of one of their decadent desserts. They even sell their own brand of underwear with the name of the restaurant printed on each pair, pointing you to the perfect after-dinner snack!”

-Next Magazine

Frommers NY

“For over 25 years the crowds have been lining up on weekends outside Good Enough to Eat to experience chef/owner Carrie Levin’s incredible breakfasts. As a result, lunch and dinner have been somewhat overlooked. Too bad, because these meals can be just as great as the breakfasts. The restaurant’s cow motif and farmhouse knickknacks imply hearty, home-cooked food, and that’s what’s done best here. Stick with the classics: meatloaf with gravy and mashed potatoes; turkey dinner with cranberry relish, gravy, and cornbread stuffing; macaroni and cheese; griddled corn bread; and the BBQ sandwich, roast chicken with barbecue sauce and homemade potato chips. And save room for the homemade desserts; though the selection is often overwhelming, I can never resist the coconut cake. This is food you loved as a kid, which is one reason why the kids will love it today. There are only 20 tables here, so expect a wait on weekends during the day or for dinner after six.”

-Frommers NY

Cheap And Cheerful New Year’s Day Brunches

“After the ball drops and the party’s over, it’s likely you’ll awake to 2009 feeling the aftereffects of your revelry, in mind, body and wallet. Skip the white linen tablecloths and enjoy these New Year’s Day brunches, that are cheap, cheerful and sure to cure whatever ails you.
“Good Enough to Eat – Since opening in 1981, this Upper West Side eatery has been a favorite among neighborhood locals for its extensive menu and its homey atmosphere.
“Try pumpkin French toast made with the restaurant’s homemade pumpkin bread and topped with a cranberry and pear compote ($10.25), or opt for the apple pancake topped with apple-raisin compote, sour cream and cinnamon sugar ($10.25).
“Be warned: weekend brunch lines can be more than an hour.”

-Emily Ranger: AM New York

Reviewed on MrBreakfast.com

“Cool, relaxing joint”

-Eddy Chavey

Reviewed in USA Today

Featured in the January 25th, 2008 article by Kathy Baruffi, “Ten Great Places to Start Your Day Sunny Side Up”

-USA Today

From Rachel

“Chefs come here for breakfast…”

-Rachel Ray

Bobby Flay

“The best comfort food in New York” and “Great breakfast in NY”

-Bobby Flay

Zagat Survey – New York City Restaurants, 2010

Good Enough to Eat; Food-21, Décor-15, Service-17, Cost-$27
“The wholesome home cookin’ at this New Englandy UWS American is definitely good enough for the country-kitsch fans smooshed into its whimsical, farmlike digs; it’s a legend for brunch, so expect endless waits and bedlam on weekends.”

-Zagat Survey – 2010

Canadians Love GETE

“G.E.T.E. is destination eating for me when I come to NYC!”

-Howard Green

Kevin Bacon Raves About Favs

“It’s my neighborhood joint. It’s home cooking like Mac and cheese, plus they’ve got killer desserts – the carrot cake is the best you’ll ever have.”

-Kevin Bacon

The Observer Magazine-Playground

“Anyone who has lived on the Upper West Side knows that when it comes to good old-fashioned American fare that is simple, hearty and always appetizing, there is no better place than Good Enough to Eat. Whether its for the famous omelets, fresh-baked biscuits or mouth-watering turkey and meatloaf dinner, a line is always clamoring to get into this comfort food outpost.
“And with good reason. After years of cooking at the best European hotels, studying at the Pru Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London and apprenticing under chef Seppi Renggli of the Four Seasons, owner Carrie Levin had a very clear idea of the kind of restaurant she wanted to open. In 1981, she realized her vision with the opening of Good Enough to Eat and publishing her cookbook, Bountiful Home Cooking (Simon & Schuster, 1987).
“Not only does this Michelin-lauded restaurant serve amazing meals, it does so on a budget, allowing its customers to enjoy the taste of authentic home cooking without the headache of meal prep or the high price tag. Hannukkah menus are only $23 per person, and feature crispy sweet potato pancakes with apples and cream, chicken noodle soup and choice of a pot roast dinner or horseradish-crusted salmon with cranberry orange sauce.
“The Christmas menu is no less of a deal, ringing in at $25 per person. Dishes like stuffed portobello mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes with spinach and goat and parmesan cheese; filet mignon with chestnut brandy sauce, served with scalloped potatoes, sauteed string beans, carrots and cauliflower; and home-baked desserts will make this holiday meal not only memorable but also recession-friendly.
“And when it comes to entertaining, Levin looks to her close circle for inspiration and advice. “My father said that if the kids leave sweaty, it’s been a good party,” she explains.”

-Eli Furman of The Observer Magazine – Playground

2010 Michelin Guide Recommended

“Good Enough to Eat – Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and takeout, Good Enough to Eat is an affordable neighborhood gem in an area quickly pricing such Establishments out of reach. The décor is oddly endearing with its kitschy folk art and cows, cows, everywhere.
“Chef/Owner Carrie Levin has been serving the likes of old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwiches and organic roast chicken with mashed potatoes to repeat audiences since opening in 1981. Other creations may include a moist and buttery fish sandwich with tangy watercress and “funky” slaw. Join the masses in bringing the whole family; this children’s menu has been taste-tested by young and picky palates.
“Out front, the wide sidewalk accommodates outdoor seating, fittingly enclosed by a white picket fence.”

-2010 Michelin Guide