Cafe Select - NYC
Cafe Select - NYC

Cafe Select - NYC

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafeselectnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2129259322x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday through Friday 8 AM-1 AM, Saturday and Sunday 9 AM-1AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fondue, American, Swiss
  • Executive Chef: Ingrid Roettele
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kenmare
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cafe Select - NYC
Cafe Select is a bistro style European restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with Swiss specialties ranging from our signature Swiss Bratwurst with Roesti to our veal Schnitzel. We also serve our classics such as our Burger, Hanger steak as well as Risotto and a variety of salads. In the winter months we serve Fondue and Raclette. If you would like Fondue or Raclette please call us to confirm. We also have an Oyster Shack & Bar in our back room behind our kitchen in the spring and summer months. To make a reservation for our Oyster Shack please visit “Cervantes’ Oyster Shack & Bar at Café Select.
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Cafe Select - NYC reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
60% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (12)great for brunch (12)great for lunch (8)fit for foodies (5)late-night find (5)romantic (5)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (2)special occasion (2)great for outdoor dining (2)good for groups (1)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Service
    Doreen
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Sorry the service was bad - because we were a group of more than 5 he almost didn't care...sad because the food was good!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best casual brunch ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Spectacular scandanavian-inspired menu with lots of runny-egg dishes. If this is your thing, you can't do better than Cafe Select. Atmosphere is bohemian pub (wallpaper is hilarious oversized "bookshelf") - and food is prompt, delicious, and cheerfully served. Loved this place. Came for lunch and it was busy (all the tables were full) but not rushed or annoying. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great food great people. the best veal platter ive had in long time. great wine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rose624VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The food at this restaurant was ok but I waited too long. I was almost ignored the whole time I was there. The service wasn't good. The staff and customres are all 20 somethings. I wouldn't go back or recommend it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent local spot
    hillerleeVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    A little too franetic for me. Not warm amd fuzzy, charged for 2 sides of horseradish sauces for a $16 burger and only got 1 - $1 each, so not worth saying anything there -especially since it was a bit crazy. Coffee was great.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Regina
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Good food, and a very comfortable local spot. Feels like a real downtow NY place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 52 reviews are from the Cafe Select - NYC reviews archive.
  • Nice place good energy.
    Leoeats
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Had a great time. Good was solid. Service was prompt. Staff was friendly. Vibe was perfect. Not pretentious
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Leisurely Lunch/Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Cafe Select is a great spot in Soho that is laid back. We made a reservation for Saturday Brunch and the hostess was incredibly accomodating in giving us a table up by the front window. It was a lovely scene, good food, good prices, good drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bucketlist New York
    BucketlistNewYorkVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The quinoa salad is deceivingly delicious. It arrives and the presentation is pretty ordinary, however once you take the first bite, you can't get enough. The dressing and avocados add a special touch. Service was pretty poor when I first arrived, but by the end of the meal, a new waiter began redeeming the experience. Highly recommend for lunch if you're in the area. To see all my NYC adventures, follow on instagram: @bucketlistNY
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to love this place...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    But not so much anymore. My husband used to live across the street and we'd go often for brunch, order delivery, and even had a birthday party in their back room. So I thought it would be a great choice for a friend's bachelorette brunch, but it seems things have changed. Service was slow and spotty. A number of us ordered dishes with avocado, but weren't told that the kitchen had run out of avocado until we found it missing from all our meals and asked. It was like they thought we might not notice. A few people also ordered starters or sides, which they decided to bring out after we'd already gotten our entrees, or not at all. They did take about $20 off the bill for the avocado, but overall with was a poor experience.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Want a noisy scene on a Fri night?
    robynkumiko
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Then Cafe Select is for you. Don't get me wrong - the service is warm and mostly attentive, the food is hearty and tasty, and they've got a better-than-average wine list, esp by the bottle. But it's a typical NoLita scene on Friday nights: narrow and crowded, 2-top tables spaced scarcely 6" from your neighbor, and filled to the absolute rafters with texting and shouting 20-somethings. Felt bad for the couples to my left and right, who were clearly trying to have a romantic dinner but were instead forced to shout above the din at the bar right behind us. It's too bad; this place looks sweet and inviting when i pass by during the day. Try it out on a Monday eve instead.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fondue lovers
    DoubledatesVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Had classic and truffle fondue as well as other dishes in our big group dinner and everyone had a great time.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhat Swiss
    jdm45
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Our daughter invited us to join her for Sunday lunch, saying it was a Swiss restaurant. So we looked forward to something Swiss, but were disappointed that they didn't have our favorite Swiss drink, Rivella, even though the restaurant had a big Rivella sign. Also no Swiss beer, just German brews. They did have Swiss cheese, Gruyere, which we enjoyed with an egg. I'd call the place "Swiss Lite."
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good, service EH!
    MJP60VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The server spoiled what might have been a very fun evening. Trying to figure out if her attitude was about 2 women dining together or the fact we were oldest people in the room. But the food was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gem of a spot
    jkay
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I had brunch at the cafe and was pleasantly surprised with this little gem. It's a perfect little spot when roaming around Soho and not willing to deal with massive lines or outrageously priced menus. All the dishes were tasty, service very hospitable as we stayed a while to talk and enjoy the coffee and a small line started forming. The rosti is excellent and I don't agree with the other Yelpers who complained about the portions- I found them absolutely adequate and filling. Great choice for price and quality.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood lunch spot
    AndyNYCVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    They've got one of the best menus in the area, with great service and an awesome atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In a hurry to turn tables at brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    Our server was slow to refill coffee cups and when he finally did come around, the cups were only half filled. He wasted no time clearing our plates and coffee cups even though we weren't quite finished. The pancakes were light and airy with macerated fruit on the side. Delicious "patty" of rosti, browned on the outside and potato-y on the inside. The food was great but servers are quick to get you out of there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience, attentive
    AnthonyR
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Great ambience, attentive waitstaff and an intentional, unique menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    TfrawleyVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    So yummy. The food was awesome. wine was good. Was not too expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cute gem
    Chiceat
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    The food was great and unique... Decor was festive and there were lights dangling from the ceiling. Wasn't too pricey either. I loved this space.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for Swiss food
    Foodmaniac
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Probably one of the best Swiss restaurant in NYC, although it is definitely not the best Swiss food I ever had. Do not expect to have the traditional Swiss quality. However, the Swiss that I am loves to go there from time to time to have a small taste of home. Great decoration -especially in the "fondue room" in the back!-, a little bit overpriced, and service is not quite there. Oh and there's only Swiss wine, which is awesome!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had reservations at 5:00
    B2minny
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    We had reservations at 5:00 because we were seeing a show. Nobody mentioned that they don't serve food between 5:00-6:00pm. Luckily, we got there early and were able to get our order in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great hamburger....not BIG ENOUGH!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    I had the truffle infused burger, which was awesome. Only wish it were bigger, although my belt was thankful it wasn't. As with many SOHO spots, space was scarce and you're involved in your neighbor's conversation, whether you like it or not. Very yummy food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disorganized Table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/15/2013
    Made reservations on line. Showed up only to be told that they don't participate in "Open Table". Manager said, "No". We left with the feeling that we were not missing much anyway, and headed over to Little Italy where we finally found a restaurant that would still honor the Open Table card. Seems to be more of a problem with Open Table than with the individual restaurants.
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  • Please disregard my ratings!
    amyrVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2013
    I was not able to dine at Cafe Select because when I arrived for breakfast, there was a sign on the door advising that due to some mechanical problems, they would not open until noon. I was not notified by Open Table or the restaurant beforehand.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Sunday Brunch
    IntTraveller
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    Went for brunch on the recommendation of a waiter we know from another restaurant. The food and overall experience were really great, though the service was a little slow. But I mostly blame that on the cozy table we got in a little hide-away nook at the back of the place. Overall - well worth the trip to SoHo.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They have the best oysters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    They have the best oysters in the city by far. Every time we go back, they are amazing! And the Coral Reef drink is superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I just can't get enough of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    I just can't get enough of Selcect! The food is amazing, and at the cost you can't beat it. Always a great time!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really tasty food, but they
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/26/2013
    Really tasty food, but they brought me the worng dish garnish (they gave me salad instead of potatoes as said on the menu) i asked for the right garnish but they made me pay for the extra potatoes even when it was theyr mistake! Not very correct behavour from theyr part! :(
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best service I've had in years.
    JJFMVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2013
    Best service I've had in years. Professional, knowledgeable, courteous.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • so so...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    Very pretty place. Stylish and cool. The portions are small-ish and the brunch is so so.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love Cafe Select! The rosti
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/9/2012
    I love Cafe Select! The rosti (Swiss hash browns) are amazing- the special w/ black forest ham and gruyere on top of them is pretty fabulous. Love the atmosphere- so Euro-cool.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Found this little Swiss gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Found this little Swiss gem on a trip to the city a year ago. I came back twice this weekend it was so enjoyable! Great to have yummy food, great service and no pressure to leave excellent decor! Try the Rosti!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The fondue here is very tasty
    4thtimeVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    The fondue here is very tasty and there is lots of it. In fact, all the meals were pretty well portioned. I liked the food, everything was delicious, and I'll probably come back again with a few friends to get stuck into the fondue again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Both the service and food
    CourtneyNYC
    Dined on 11/11/2012
    Both the service and food were great! Even though we went on a busy Sunday afternoon, the staff never once tried to push us out the door as most NYC restaurants seem to do. The crowd was very bohemian chic and it was an overall great ambiance. I really enjoyed the sandwich I got but it wasn't anything super special, very good just nothing to rave about.I would come back again and totally recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and wine. Do not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    Great food and wine. Do not miss the Swiss specialties and the unique cheese plate. The hidden bar behind the kitchen is the perfect place to get a last martini after a great dinner. Definitely recommend it!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great ambience,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    Great food, great ambience, service could be stepped up - come and check on us rather than walk by and ignore
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not amazing, but better than most.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    Swiss inspired dining brought to you by a staff lacking in Swiss efficiency——the service was a bit slow. This downtown charmer has a relaxed vibe with a stylish crowd enjoying classic Alpine comfort food that pleases but doesn't quite wow. Go for the rosti, stay for the beautiful people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Atrocious service. I felt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    Atrocious service. I felt as though they were doing me a favor by refilling my coffee (which was not a free refill no less). Have not ever been compelled to write a review for any NYC restaurant in the last four years but the blasé apathetic attitude of the wait staff was far to obnoxious to go ignored. Also don't write "two eggs ANY style" on your menu if you don't allow omelettes!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The brunch was delicious:
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    The brunch was delicious: poached eggs over soft polenta and pancakes with raspberry compote. We sat outside and the waiter cranked the awning so that we were all in direct sunlight which was annoyingly bright and hot for us AND the other 2 outdoor tables (one table moved inside and another table decided not to stay!). Apparently the reason the waiter wouldn't crank the awning back out for shade is because the owner was sitting at the 4th outdoor table and he wanted it that way. I found it VERY STRANGE that the owner would choose his own preference over the requests of 6 of the restaurant's guests.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall