Good Enough to Eat was founded by Carrie Levin in 1981 who honors the “traditional” American comfort cuisine. Customers line-up around the block for their bountiful breakfasts, as well as their homemade Turkey Dinners ($20) that allow you to have Thanksgiving all year long. Homemade soups, huge sandwiches, classic Meatloaf dinners ($18.50), homemade Ice Cream, pies and desserts, keep those crowds coming. If your Gluten Free you will also be thrilled and satisfied, this establishment has not let you down.
The setting is like a Vermont farmhouse with adorable cows, cats and white picket fences. It is hard to believe you are in Manhattan.
My guest Maria and I started our lunch out with fresh Iced Coffee (3.50) and a order of the mouth watering Macaroni and Cheese ($13.50). We had heard it was famous here. The coffee was done just right and not at all bitter. The Mac and Cheese, from the start a picture of perfection. A bowl full of Ziti baked with sharp white cheddar, mozzarella, gruyĕre and parmesan cheeses, was so comforting, that I felt like home. This dish could easily feed two people, it is so rich and filling, but not in the way that you feel bad after eating the dish. Since Maria is Gluten Free, I ended up taking most of this home and it was even better two days later.
Knowing that breakfast at Good Enough to Eat is one of the most popular things on the UWS, Maria tried the BLT Omelette, served with double-smoked bacon, tomato and Gruyĕre cheese served with Two Buttermilk Biscuits with Strawberry Butter ($12). She was delighted with the range free eggs that made the omelette extra fluffy. Loving the bacon so much, she ordered more. This bacon is thick with tons of meat. There really isn’t any fat on it. Since she could not eat the biscuits and strawberry butter I did and OMG heaven. I would seriously return just for these. Since the dish did not come with Home Fries ($4.25) she ordered some. The dishes here are plentiful we ended up taking these home, because in all honesty she was full and wanted a dessert. You can easily split these three ways, the dish is so abundant.
I had the Avocado and Vermont sharp white Cheddar Sandwich on lightly toasted onion dill bread with basil mayonnaise, lettuce and tomatoes ($14). I actually switched out the bread and exchanged the salad or the fries with Cheesy grits (delicious). That is one of the best things about Good Enough to Eat, they allow substitutions without an attitude. Marie could have switched the biscuits for home fries, but I knew that they were famous. As much as I loved the sandwich, it was difficult to eat as everything kept sliding off.
We finished off our meal with two homemade desserts that were out of this world. I had the Fruit Crisp ($7), tart and sweet in the same bite and Maria was in seventh heaven when she found out they have a Gluten Free coffee cake dessert ($7). Maria will actually come back just for that. In a world of Gluten Free people you would be surprised how many restaurants do not offer this.
Friendly prompt service by Janey could not have been better. This is definitely that I will revisit soon and bring several friends.
Good Enough to Eat, 520 Columbus Ave @85th Street. Bring your appetite.