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Cafeteria
Cafeteria

Cafeteria Details

  • 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: Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • 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 (212) 647-1883
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Mac and cheese trio for appetizer and the fried Oreos for dessert were amazing. Entrees were fair. Our server never smiled. Great outdoor tables"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I had the burger. She had the spicy roasted chicken. Both were very good"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The food was comfortable but nothing special .fun vibe"
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Perfect for before or after late night events. Good with friends or a date."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The ambience was wonderful. All the waiters was nice. The drinks and food is amazeballs. I love the Mac attack. And blue berry lemonade. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "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. =)"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Ive been here a bunch of times. I haven't had a single thing that i didnt like."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 5/16/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/24/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/10/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/31/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/20/2012
  • "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"
    Dined on 11/27/2012
  • "Love the food. Truffle Mac and Cheese is my fave, but the wait for a table is annoying."
    Dined on 9/18/2012
  • "Greatly anticipated, but very disappointed in the food. Sliders were very well done and nothing special. As a real foodie, I expected better. The food on the two food walking tours I took was better (Chinatown and Food trucks of Financial District.)"
    Dined on 5/29/2012
  • "Cafeteria is a classic at this point every experience there for me has been equally pleasing. The Mac and Cheese is Delish and they have added a new flavor Buffalo Chicken Bleu Cheese Mac UmmUmm Good!!! The wildberry Mojito is good and tasty just needs to be strained... All and the same enjoyable experience time after time!"
    Dined on 4/26/2012
  • "A colleague and I went to Cafeteria for lunch and I was pleased that breakfast is offered most of the day, including during the week. I need not have been so excited. My companion had the tomato basil soup and a sandwich, I ordered the smoked salmon benedict because (a) eggs benedict is one of my favorite dishes and (b) served on potato pancakes only sweetens the deal. My food wasn't that great. It was well prepared -- appropriately runny eggs -- but not terribly flavorful. We ordered dessert as well. I forgot what he ordered but I had this sour cherry thing that was served a la mode in a teeny frying pan. It tasted great and the presentation added something to it as well. Wasn't the best meal I've ever had but I'd give it another try."
    Dined on 4/5/2012
  • "We arrived early and the restaurant graciously accommodated us. That is the best thing I can say. We waited briefly at the bar and I had to practically beg for a glass of wine. The overhead music was so loud that conversation couldn't be heard. Felt like I was constantly shouting. The waitress gotmthe order slightlymoff because it was clear she could mot hear us.This appeared to be a hip young place but even my 21-year old daughter couldn't wait to leave! She'd eaten there once before and didn't recall the music volume being so loud."
    Dined on 3/11/2012
  • "The fooid has always been good and this visit was no different. Portions are pretty generous and waitstaff is excellent."
    Dined on 2/23/2012
  • "Comfort food with a nice upscale decor. Everything was tasty and interesting, and the waitress was very friendly. A little bit more spice might have made the food extraordinary instead of just very good, but overall it was a very nice experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2012
  • "Loved everything about it. The food was fantastic. The waitress was attentive, but also gave us our time to chat without feeling rushed to order or leave. My only complaint was the music was loud that at times it was difficult to hear someone across the table from you."
    Dined on 2/7/2012
  • "Great evening had by all. Came in for a work related dinner after arguing for weeks about where to go. We bypassed all the restaurant week lists, and celebrated at Cafeteria. The foodies enjoyed it, the service was top-knotch. Thanks!"
    Dined on 2/1/2012
  • "Tasty food. Very busy and loud. Waiter was nice. Only con is that there was a bad smell where my party was sitting."
    Dined on 1/27/2012
  • "I'm a sucker for creative cocktails and yummy food so Cafeteria made me a very happy girl. After binging on fried pickles and the mac attack, I couldn't eat a full entree so I split the burger with my husband. Everything we had was delicious. I really wanted to try dessert but I was too stuffed with vodka and fried tasty snacks to eat another bite. I loved everything about Cafeteria and can't wait to go back... A guy sitting next to me had the chicken and waffles and I want to try it!!"
    Dined on 1/12/2012
  • "For our lunch, the food was exceptional, especially a memorable appetizer of risotto dumplings. The service, however, was quite poor. We were asked to wait at the bar for a table, even though we had a reservation, and even though the restaurant was half empty. The service was slow, but that was beside the point. The waiter referred to my wife as "dear," and when I asked for change, after having paid for the check, the waiter refused, in an effort to extract a larger tip. It was also impossible to hear, though this wouldn't have mattered if the service had been courteous."
    Dined on 1/5/2012
  • "Cafeteria is very hip and fun, but the food doesn't really impress. Their cocktail-sized ribs were over-sauced and their mac and cheese was good, albeit overrated. I was served a massive stack of chicken and waffles which were underwhelming in taste and texture. Their salads and mixed drinks are very good, so I wouldn't write the place off. It's a very vibrant and hip scene."
    Dined on 1/2/2012
  • "Deep fried oreo dessert. That is all you need to know. Oh, and the bacon mac and cheese. Not a huge fan of the fried chicken and waffles."
    Dined on 1/2/2012