Cinema Cafe 34th Street
Cinema Cafe 34th Street

Cinema Cafe 34th Street

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cinemarestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 2126899022
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch/Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 12:00am; Thursday - Friday: 11:00am - 1:00am, Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00am, Sunday: 9:00am - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Ariel Villegas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available or there is a garage across the street.
A word from Cinema Cafe 34th Street
Cinema Cafe on 34th Street reflects the high energy of the hip and young Murray Hill crowd in our relaxed and casual atmosphere. The menu reflects the stylishness of our guests as we showcase the most popular culinary trends in our diverse menu. The restaurant plays silent movies throughout service. On weekend and late evening, the scene explodes with a fashionable assortment of visitors from all over town.
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Cinema Cafe 34th Street reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.5
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.2
    Noise LevelModerate
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (8)neighborhood gem (7)great for lunch (5)special occasion (3)great for brunch (2)romantic (2)hot spot (2)good for groups (2)late-night find (2)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • Noise level...WOW!!! And more.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We went there for lunch on a beautiful summer day. The restaurant was almost completely open to the outside. The traffic noise sirens, honking horns - was compounded by jack hammers, and it was almost impossible to hear one another. We left without dessert and coffee because of the noise.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service
    CaptZaff
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Reserved a seat on a Monday evening, and was sparsely populated. While I had a requested a "Happy birthday" greeting for my date, it was unfortunately forgotten; the staff made up for it by arranging a card on her seat at our table, handed complimentary shots (a sweet lemoncello aperitif), and sang happy birthday and supplied a candle to our dessert (a chocolate lava cake, which was delicious, if a bit tiny for two). Split a breaded fried ricotta, and baked mac and cheese appetizer...both combined were filling enough. She had a grilled cheese with tomato bisque side, and I had a (slightly undercooked) lamb burger with fries, which was filling. Drinks (I had an excellent martini) were good, and service was very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Cinema Cafe
    ParisA
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I have been to Cinema Cafe probably 5 times now and every time i've enjoyed the experience. They have a variety or food options that are well-priced. They have good service. The ambience is nice. And the food is delicious. I have gone with friends each time, and each time we've had the chance to sit and talk, and not feel rushed. All of us loved the food. This past time I sat outside and it was very loud with sirens going past a lot, but I don't blame the Cafe for that. It's just that neighborhood and NYC. I highly recommend going.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good
    DelishVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Jus not good. Tasteless. Seemed all to be frozen not freshly prepared. Strangely gratuity was added and we were only a party of 3. There is a hostile in the apartment bldg above so I'm guessing that's why gratuity was added.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    food was delicious.Service was excellent. Very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our group (four adults) started with the sampler plates of dim sum,sliders and assorted apps. All were delicious. Only one person ordered an entree, chicken pot pie, which I was told was very good with big chunks of chicken. The rest of the party continued with small plates which were also very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.1
    • Service3.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 53 reviews are from the Cinema Cafe 34th Street reviews archive.
  • Disappointed in outdoor view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Overall my boyfriend and I had a nice experience at Cinema Cafe. However, I was very disappointed in the location of our table. I had passed this restaurant and admired the outdoor seating on 3rd avenue, and was very much looking forward to an outdoor experience at your restaurant. We were seated on 34th street, which was not very pleasant. We were facing restaurants like pie face, which gave a very commercial and not too ambient setting. Probably should have just asked to switch to a table on 3rd ave!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Burgers were good
    Kristine
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Burgers were good, food in general was good. Went with a group of 8 table was ready when we arrived. Service was really Slow. When someone from our party got up to speak with the manager the service Got alittle better. Seemed like there was only one waiter one helper one manager For the entire restaurant. But everyone's Plate was wiped clean so food was definitely good.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot
    jd1220
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I went here for a mid-week breakfast. It was nice to be able to sit outside and enjoy a nice spring day. The food was pretty good. Shared an omelet and french toast with a friend. The bellinis were great too! I would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice neighborhood restaurant
    TashaVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    This is our second time at this restaurant. We love the sampler app platters (humus, feta, olives etc) and the pizza was very good as well. Most of the dishes were very flavorful and enjoyable but We didn't love the ahi tuna. It was the thinnest piece of Ahi I have ever seen and it wasn't served rare as it often is. Our waitress was excellent as was the rest of the staff. We would definitely return...However, I would stick with dishes other than fish. I liked the silent movies playing on the wall....but the music was a little loud at times,....we were still able to talk among our family.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Breakfast
    SaJ1VIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Had the opportunity to have breakfast there on a weekday recently and it was a great way to start my day. I've done their weekend brunch many times and it is a favorite of mine. While understandably they don't have as big a menu for their weekday breakfast as their brunch, there were still lots of great options including their breakfast burrito and they serve great coffee, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent dinner
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We loved our meal and will return. Three different entrees and all were excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable!
    TashaVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    We enjoyed all of our dishes and the service was very good. We ordered 2 sharing plates between 4 of us to start...then ordered the margharitta pizzas. We were very happy with everything. The platter with the hummus had a sauce that was too spicey for us. For those who like spicey I'm sure it was good. Enjoyed the environment with the silent movie on the wall.. The music in the restaurant was a little too Loud for us but they were very accommodating to lower it a bit. I would definately return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice enviornment
    unknown
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    The restaurant has dim light so it gives a very relax environment. The food there is pretty good and no expensive considering it being located close to Herald Square. Will recommend to friends and return again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good atmosphere
    NYCdine
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    A very good atmosphere with good food and cocktails.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food Great Price
    MissStarEyes
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    If you want really good food for a very reasonable price in NYC this is the place to go!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great People Watching
    Streetsavvy
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The food is good. The bar is stocked. the people watching on the corner of 34th Street and 3rd Avenue is terrific. Highly recommended. Oh, and the price is moderate. But, th eportions are a bit small.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Scene
    littlebird
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    It was an exquisite experience! The staff was incredibly accommodating despite my large birthday party. My friends and I had a great time. I can't wait to come back again this summer and hopefully catch some silent movies!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    Brunch was all very good unique twists on favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing place for lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2013
    Very poor service even with the restaurant virtually empty. This place needs a visit from Restaurant Stakeout. Cannot keep a water glass full in the hot summer. Food was fair but brought out wrong the first time!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • breakfast
    diner14VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    great to have nice atmosphere and food for a relaxing breakfast.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • decent food, good seating
    linds
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    seating at the restaurant is nice, lots of windows or outside seating. the food was okay, nothing special. the prices are pretty high for what you get, though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wouldn't dine here again
    CoreyVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    I've only had horrific experiences here. Never a good service experience. Just embarrassing to say I recommended this place. Management should be ashamed to be running a sham of a restaraunt. First experience: appetizers were brought out incorrectly. When finally corrected our meals arrived when the servers attempted to shove our dinners down on the table we asked them to wait for us to finish our appetizers. Eventually they complied and brought ice cold meals back to our table minutes later. Second experience: wouldn't say I got far enough into the reservation but a confirmation call and an open table reservation seemed too daunting to the staff to accomadate ruining a birthday celebration for a large party of out of towners.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything we ate was great,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Everything we ate was great, but the server was completely incompetent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our first visit.
    DonGVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    This was our first visit. Ordered the "ultimate" burger, medium. It came "well-done." Mediocre at best. Also ordered the "small plate sampler." It was ok, at best, and I would order it again. Service was fine, table by window had entertaining view of passersby, and I might try the place again--but not for the premium burgers.
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  • Restaurant gave free coffee
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Restaurant gave free coffee refills but charged me for an extra cup of tea when I asked for a second tea bag. I thought that was very cheap of them, especially since they were serving an inexpensive brand of tea that doesn't give more than one good cup.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience - we'll be back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    Food was really great for our team lunch with my team. We enjoyed everything and the noise level was perfect for our conversation. Service was good, fast and friendly. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Huge menu with a lot of selection.
    LizzzVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2013
    Huge menu with a lot of selection. Great for a quick meal. Teriyaki noodle salad is the best thing on the menu.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a great neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/23/2012
    This is a great neighborhood spot with short wait times and great service and food. The menu offers something for everyone, which is why its a great go-to spot
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 5 Stars for Cinema Cafe
    CindyClifford
    Dined on 12/4/2012
    Cinema Cafe is a gem of a restaurant, with a diverse, delightful, delicious and affordable menu. I particularly appreciated the variety of vegetarian-friendly options. The service was great- friendly, helpful and attentive without being overbearing. We began with starters to share (per the menu suggestion) and moved on to our entrees... a fresh vegetable risotto, a spectacular mushroom ravioli, margarita pizza and then finished with the lip-smacking Chocolate Royale for desse. As a final course, the waitress brought over complimentary glasses of sparkling wine to finish off a perfect meal. Really, it doesn't get any better than that. Not only do I happily recommend Cinema Cafe, I can hardly wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit too pricey for what
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/3/2012
    A bit too pricey for what it is, but still delicious and decadent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Friendly Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    The staff was very nice, and the food was better than we expected. Overall a nice friendly place for better than average comfort food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a good spot!
    NoahVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    I am a huge fan of the Cinema Cafe that is o 45th street. My office used to be a block away, and I'd go to the spot weekly (at least) for a lunch. Great food, nice servers, good experiences. I went to this Cinema to catch a meal before a movie. I will never go back. The food was incredibly oily (even though we requested light oil for dietary reasons), my order came out with the wrong side, my wife's came out with sauteed green beans (despite that she specifically requested steamed), and the waiter was fair at best. He was certainly not concerned. The bussing staff was trying to clear our table before we were even done with the meal. Go elsewhere!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid, quality restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    Solid, quality restaurant. Good size portions, fresh ingredients, and friendly service. Strongly recommended as a brunch option.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything was very good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Everything was very good, but the steak martini appetizer was amazing. It was grass fed to boot. In fact, all the meat is humanely raised.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have been to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    We have been to this restaurant several times, and we like the food and the ambiance...had it not been for the drilling in the streets, we would have opted for outdoor dining. The service was a bit slow, which was strange because there seemed to be enough staff standing around...however, the issue might have been in the kitchen. We certainly will return, and we do recommend it.
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  • We were very very happy and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/30/2012
    We were very very happy and surprised to see our waiter offer to split the check into the 6 different clients. Never saw that in Manhattan and we definitely would go back when in group to the Cinema Cafe. The food was super good and the service perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were a group of 12 (8 children
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2012
    We were a group of 12 (8 children and 4 adults) and we were well accommodated. Food was great, service excellent. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It like eating at a bus stop ...!!!
    Aussie
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    Corner of 3rd & 34th ... Like eating at a Bus Stop ... Traffic fumes , average service and only OK food .. If you can't find anywhere else it's OK ... Not sure why anyone wants to sit on the steet and breath in the spewing fumes and exhaust heat from the cross town buses ... close to home but plenty of other that are better ...
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  • I have been Cinema numerous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/9/2012
    I have been Cinema numerous for lunch before and I have loved it, but never for dinner. The service was very poor and the waitress was very rude..the food was not that great. They also usually give out bread which is surprisingly good but this time we had to ask for it after we had been seated for 45 mins and they only brought it to us after like 20min and by then dinner had been serveds!!! Seems like they were having a bad day! I am not going back for a while after this.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic