Cafeteria
Cafeteria

Cafeteria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafeteriagroup.com/
  • Phone: (212) 414-1717
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
    Walk-ins and reservations accepted.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Linda Japngie
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Cafeteria introduces it's new Private Dining Room, The PDR. Seating 24 with available 5 Course Tasting Menu, Installation Wall with revolving art, private restroom and private access.
    Additionally, The Lounge serves 35 for a sit down dinner or 50 guests for Hors D'oeuvres. The dining room can be closed to hold 150 guests.
    Please contact us for additional information.
  • Private Party Contact: Special Events Manager 2126471883
  • Special Events: The Lounge serves 35 for a sit down dinner or 50 guests for Hors D'oeuvres. Please email events@cafeteriagroup.com for additional information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 17th and 18th Streets
  • Public Transit: 1 train to 18th Street, and A, C, E, F, L, 2 & 3 trains to 14th Street
  • Parking: No
A word from Cafeteria
CAFETERIA offer's a nostalgically familiar, yet cutting edge twist on American comfort cuisine. With our expertise in food, fashion and music, we assure that all of your senses will be satisfied! We invite you to experience our famous signature dishes like the Meatloaf, Fried Chicken and Waffles, our world renowned Mac and Cheese, Mac Attack, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and more. Our hand crafted seasonal and organic cocktails are second to none; including everything from the Aloe Citrus Martini, to carafes of Cactus Pear Champagne Mojitos.


Open for you around the clock, CAFETERIA is where anyone and everyone flock for Breakfast served until 5 PM, decadent Brunches, Blue Plate Specials, addictive Desserts and Late Night cravings. The outdoor café is a must in the warmer months and our Lounge is the perfect setting for any event.


Join us for a taste of affordable luxury that can be enjoyed with family and friends.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Cafeteria reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
late-night find (7)great for outdoor dining (6)hot spot (6)fit for foodies (5)great for brunch (5)neighborhood gem (5)great for lunch (4)good for groups (4)romantic (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Bad Service
    RG314
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The waiter, although a nice and pleasant girl, forgot numerous times to bring us what we asked for. I asked for more syrup for my waffles -- never came. My date asked for more water because his had a questionable substance inside of it when we sat down -- never came. I understand that waiters are busy, but that's a bit disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Vibe
    ebrooks
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    As a former resident of NYC, who only works here now, it's great to have those nights where I can feel like I live here again. Cafeteria's atmosphere, service and delicious menu makes me feel at home. The open air set up, decor and great menu give you that feeling like you are a part of the neighborhood. The staff is accommodating and very nice. This being my second time in two months I can say i'll be back again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great casual dinner
    RGC62VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This restaurant was perfect for a casual dinner after spending the day shopping in SOHO with my daughter. We sat on the street, it was a perfect early evening. The menu had lots of choices, all sounded great. The waitress was wonderful, friendly chatty and helped us choose the best apps and meals. We started with the MAC an cheese as well the fried calamari. We shared the crabcakes for dinner. We so wanted to try the fried oreos but we were so full that we didnt. We will back and we will save room for them (heard they are amazing!!!)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Romantic Dinner
    MsMonroe
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Finally got a chance to try this place out, and I wasn't disappointed. Food was amazing! Service was great, as noise level was great for a 24 hour spot. I will defiantly be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mac and Cheese!
    mediocreVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Mac and cheese trio... That is all! Fish and chips were great but now it is only available on tuesdays
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Indytee
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The service sucks...I had reservations and still had to wait 30 minutes to be seated. And after I was seated I had to wait a extra 30 minutes for a waiter to come to my table..it was just a overall horriable experience, I definitely wouldn't recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service!!
    aparker22
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I grabbed dinner with a friend and we had the best time. The food was amazing and we were never rushed by our server. Perfect place to go if you are catching up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • trendy and delicious
    haha
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This was a fantastic restaurant in this area. It was 1 block from Joyce theater. Noisy outside because of subway. Great food, service. Nice bathroom. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 67 reviews are from the Cafeteria reviews archive.
  • Birthday Dinner
    BirthdayDinner
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a great time. Our waiter was so nice and helpful with his recommendations. My fiancé was in love with the chicken and waffles as well as the Brooklyn drink recommended by our waiter
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd visit
    AnnieB
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This was one restaurant we returned to after really enjoying it the first time. This time, it was a bit disappointing. We returned a simple order of chard asparagus 3 times only to have the kitchen never get it even close to right. My husbands food was tasty but luke warm. Really sad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PantsVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Our second time here. First was brunch and this past time was an early dinner. Salads were great. Everything was good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Off
    Nohe5
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The chicken was not good at all I dislike it very much I had chicken and waffle with my boyfriend we Both dislike it. The Mac and cheese attack was good but we got so late in the meal. I didn't like the services.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food, outstanding service
    MikeKVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Have heard many good things about cafeteria, but this was my first visit. Had tickets for the Joyce theater, up the street so it was a great pre-show dinner spot. Enjoyed my food. Found the wait staff very helpful, pleasant, and fun. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lakesidegirlzVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Mac and cheese trio for appetizer and the fried Oreos for dessert were amazing. Entrees were fair. Our server never smiled. Great outdoor tables
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    fooooood
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I loved this place! The food is awesome and the waiters are so friendly. It is a little loud so it might be better for larger groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool spot
    Marc
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I had the burger. She had the spicy roasted chicken. Both were very good
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfort food
    F4356
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was comfortable but nothing special .fun vibe
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place - not for us
    Listens4aliving
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Waiter was terrific. Food good. Here was the problem - 85 degree day. All doors open. NO A/C. I certainly don't want to eat like that. Way too hot.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food; Loud
    tbbt
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I took a visiting family member here for dinner on a weeknight. We both ordered the classic burger -- delicious, filling, and reasonably priced. Maybe we should have dined elsewhere and should expect this from Cafeteria, but the music was playing so loud that we had to yell across our table at each other just to hear. Other than that, no complaints.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fan favorite
    foodie4life
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    I've been going to Cafeteria for years. Love to sit outside when it's nice out and people watch. The food is always consistently delicious. Great place for brunch, lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun but needs variety!
    Namu87
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The atmosphere is a lot of fun, but it's just loud! (It's an outdoor/indoor restaurant.) The food came out rather quickly, but I wish they had more vegetarian and vegan options! Otherwise my friends seemed to enjoy their non-veg dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good late night spot
    Dell
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Perfect for before or after late night events. Good with friends or a date.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy and Fun
    Food4thought
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I was skeptical when my hotel suggested I have brunch at Cafeteria," but when a cute girl behind me said she's been going there for 13 years and loves it that was enough of a reason for me to go. In fact I ate there 3 times during my 5 day stay in the city. I loved the spinach eggs Benedict on cheese grits!! Yum!! Fish and chips were great as well. Loved the look of the place, music playing and food and telling all my friends to go there!!! We'll be back in July!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TravelerVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Food was good but the loud music doesn't complement anything... it detracts. Manager was nice enough to turn it down but someone kept walking by and turning it back up. At 6pm... really shouldn't be "clubbing it" while you eat. After 9, i might feel differently. Thanks...Robin
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  • Quick lunch.
    Lovefood
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The ambience was wonderful. All the waiters was nice. The drinks and food is amazeballs. I love the Mac attack. And blue berry lemonade.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Their milkshake!
    EatsNYC6420
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I've dined at Cafeteria more than a few times over the years and while their food is fantastic, I almost always go just for their milkshake. I'm so sure it's made with magic and fairy dust. It's a great spot with beautiful waiters and staff. All of which I'm sure are models. Makes me feel like I've walked onto a movie set which is always fun. =)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect
    MartyT
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Ive been here a bunch of times. I haven't had a single thing that i didnt like.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and under delivered
    Frances
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Excellent cocktail lost, the food was boring, tasteless, Ill-prepared and uninteresting. The flavors were mild, not well thought, and the price just added insult to injury. In two years this place has gone from a great dining spot to a neighborhood sore.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Belated B-Day Nosh
    ElleLuvsFood
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    I ordered the Cobb Salad w/ Mid-Rare Grilled Hanger Steak and my friend had the Fried Chicken & Buttermilk waffles. I loved that the salad was given enough blue cheese! The steak was cooked perfectly!! The salad was large! I was a bit uneasy at first with the salad being served with a vinaigrette, but it actually went well together. I tasted the fried chicken & waffle. OMG the chicken battered and cooked perfectly with just the right amount of crispy.Drinks: The Master Cocktail had a nice flavor, kind of light for a bourbon drink IMO but I liked it.The Passion Fruit was also nice and light, and The Brooklyn tasted like Christmas in a cup, it was quite strong. Great for a winter night!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mac and cheese is amazing
    LunchloverVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I had the sampler and each was as good as the next. Cant wait to go back! hard to get a table at launch, though, so try to go off times.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Bak4more
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I went to Cafeteria with a friend and was very impressed by their service staff as well as the food selection. I also had the Wildberry Mojito and it was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good...
    R2D2
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Cafeteria is a wonderful old favorite. The food is consistently good (gotta have that mac and cheese), and the cocktails are delicious (the rude margarita is absolutely amazing!). Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with a friend
    s189002
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    I met up with a friend, and it was my first time there. I'd heard really good reviews about it, and I really liked it. I ordered the veggie burger, which was good, not the best I've had. Overall, I had a great experience and I'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'm Hooked on Cafeteria!
    Reut
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    Cafeteria has it all: great location, trendy setting, delicious food, and good service. My group and I were seated immediately upon arrival. Our waiter was very nice, as were the rest of the staff. The restaurant is always tidy, even during the most hectic hours. The food is simply awesome: American food with a twist. I can't get enough of the chicken & waffles dish, the fun mac & cheese choices (spring rolls are so creative!), fried oreos, and great house drinks! The portions are large and the pricing is spot-on, not something you can say about many Manhattan restaurants. I'm already planning to have my birthday dinner at Cafeteria. It has quickly become a favorite of mine! Thanks Cafeteria for a fantastic dining experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is it because I'm older that
    GirlNYCVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    Is it because I'm older that I find the "music" too loud and too irritating? Probably so, but whatever it is, it's a deal breaker for me.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a win!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/24/2013
    Always a great spot! I had the double cut pork chop which was delish and my best friend had the braised short rib tacos which were AMAZING!!! The place gets a little crowded and noisy but what can you expect from a hotspot! Brunch is always good, although I had the salmon BLT once time which I didn't enjoy! Drinks and dessert are great too, the fried oreos are a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good spot but very loud
    FoodluvRVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    This was my second time at Cafeteria, a trendy spot in the Village. The menu had enough variety that it was hard to decide what to get. While the food was good (salmon BLT was massive and tasty), the music was so loud I left with a strained voice. Not a great place to catch up with friends in serious discussion. Also, a young boy entered the restaurant selling candy bars which was very strange. It took the waitstaff a long time to spot him and kindly remove him from the premises. The service was good, almost pushy at first but then slowed to a halt after we received our food. I think this is a great spot for lunch (fish tacos, kale salad) and would give it another try.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DC Novice Critic and First Timer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Looked at reviews before committing to Cafeteria based on price, location, and general feedback. Traveled from DC for New Year's Eve and was excited about this place. I was pleased from start to finish. They were booked solid with reservations (and ours was at 8 p.m.) We arrived at 7 (out of hunger!) and the hostess was kind enough to scoot us up to 7:30. We knew to arrive early because someone else called me the day before to let me know that they were booked. I had the chicken and waffles. He had the pecan crusted fish. Mine was great. He was "good". Service was very good. Ambience was pretty. Chairs were comfortable. Good find. Good food. And will definitely look forward to coming back on my trips to NY.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafeteria is a wonderful,
    ESTHVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2012
    Cafeteria is a wonderful, super fun place! I will recommend to everyone... The manager, Emiliano is great with fantastic service!! The food was very good and the drinks were superb with vibrant, energetic ambiance. We'll be coming back again and again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was referred this fantastic
    Valentinesdaycouple
    Dined on 11/27/2012
    I was referred this fantastic restaurant by a great friend to spend my Girlfriend's birthday dinner dining there. It was the best advice ever, the food was phenomenal and fast (always a plus) and there ambiance was perfect for a date or a get together. DefinitelyAmazing approved
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate