Food/Drink: Regardless of what you order at Popover Cafe, make sure you get a popover (or a basket of three). Their popovers come with a variety of butter options - strawberry is the classic but they also have unsweetened apple butter, unsalted butter, and even strawberry preserves available upon request.
Catering well to their key Upper West Side customers, many of the dishes are made with healthier ingredients - when possible. For example, the coconut almond crusted French toast is made with egg whites and skim milk. (Almost makes you feel good about eating something so sweet.)
For a restaurant that is such a staple in Manhattan, it only makes sense that their "Special Omelette" is so true to the city. This three-egg omelette mixes smoked Norwegian salmon, cream cheese and chives - the basic ingredients found on a classic New York bagel sandwich. And, it comes with a popover!
Another favorite is The Real New Yorker omelette with horseradish, cheddar cheese, sauteed onions and diced tomato - eggs with a kick!
Atmosphere: Casual and low-key. Popular but not trendy or sceney. Popover Cafe is one of those NY institutions that people swarm to - neighbors, NYers and tourists alike. It has kind of a homey, cozy feel, perhaps due to its foundation back in the early 80s when most of the neighborhood was completely different - it's a bit like going to Grandma's house that is comfortable and hasn't changed in years!
Popover Cafe: 551 Amsterdam Avenue (between 87th and 86th), 212.595.8555