Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY 10014Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
Cornelia Street Cafe
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com/
- Phone: (212) 989-9319
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: European, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Daniel Latham
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Private Party Facilities: We have several rooms for private parties, accommodating from 20 to 75 people: 1. Country dining room with fireplace accommodates up to 40 people for dinner. 2. Side room looking out onto Cornelia Street for 20-25 people. 3. Downstairs cabaret with stage, sound system and separate bar accommodates 50 people for dinner or 75 for cocktails and hors d'ouvres. We will happily work with you on individually tailored menus, bar and wine choices.
- Private Party Contact: Ezekiel Miller 2129899319
- Entertainment: Downstairs in the cabaret there are some 700 performances a year in every conceivable genre (and quite a few inconceivable ones). Suzanne Vega sang her first songs here, Eve Ensler developed her Vagina Monologues, Senator Eugene McCarthy read his poetry, Dr. Oliver Sacks continues to read his prose; Nobel laureate Roald Hoffmann curates a regular science series, and members of Monty Python and the Royal Shakespeare Company occasionally pop in. And there is an astonishing variety of music not limited to jazz (although Downbeat Magazine did name us ONE OF THE 100 GREAT JAZZ CLUBS OF THE WORLD). To make reservations for any of the cabaret shows please contact the cafe.
- Cross Street: Between W4th & Bleecker
- Public Transit: A, B, C, D, E, F, V trains to West 4th Street. #1 to Christopher Street-Sheridan Square
- Parking: Street Parking
- Parking Details: There is metered parking (till 10pm) on Cornelia Street, a parking lot on the corner of Morton Street and 7th Avenue, and street parking in the neighborhood with differing restrictions
A word from Cornelia Street Cafe
In 1987, on its tenth anniversary, New York City proclaimed Cornelia Street Cafe "A CULINARY AS WELL AS A CULTURAL LANDMARK." Founded by three artists, it provides food for the soul as well as the body. Upstairs there are three dining rooms, a beautiful hundred-year-old oak bar, a sidewalk cafe on one of New York's most picturesque streets, and a wood-burning fireplace for the winter. The cafe has received numerous awards for its food: Time Out's TOP 100 RESTAURANTS; the Village Voice's BEST OF NEW YORK FOOD; and a special award from the Village Arts Society for INSPIRED CUISINE. Most recently it received the Waterford Crystal Award of Distinction for BEST BY-THE-GLASS WINE PROGRAM--there are more than thirty wines available by the glass. Downstairs (honored with Zagat Nightlife's Award of Distinction) there are more than 700 performances a year. RESERVATIONS ARE FOR DINING UPSTAIRS. RESERVATIONS FOR THE DOWNSTAIRS CABARET CANNOT BE MADE ONLINE.Continued
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Cornelia Street Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since July 26, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (50)fit for foodies (30)great for outdoor dining (21)romantic (16)late-night find (13)special occasion (13)great for brunch (11)great for lunch (10)good for groups (10)hot spot (10)notable wine list (7)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)Show More
- Always wonderful!RubyVIPDined on 11/20/2014This is my second visit in under 2 weeks. Loved the kale salad with organic chicken and the best is the Honey Apple Crisp sorbet. My friend had the mushroom quiche which was delicious.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- What a Gem!RubyVIPDined on 11/9/2014I had passed several times and finally had a chance to dine at your special place. Loved the blackened sesame crusted salmon and also the hangar steak. Kale caesar salad was one of the best. The finale was honey crisp apple gelato which hit the spot. Our server-Matt was great. We will return this month with friends.Special Features:
- sharonVIPDined on 11/8/2014We were there on a Saturday night. We were surrounded by large groups which made it loud. Food was good but not sure I'd go back on a weekend. I've been there other times when the noise level was not an issueSpecial Features:
- Wonderful neighborhood findFamilyof4Dined on 11/7/2014So happy I found this restaurant on Open Table - it is tucked away on a short side street and I would have likely missed it if I had not read about it on Open Table. The bar area that you enter into directly from the street is lively and then you step back into a dining room and it is very cozy. We enjoyed the food here very much. Our party enjoyed a delicious kale and squash salad tossed lightly in an apple vinigarette; a squash risotto and a Thai bouillabaisse that was outstanding. Service was very good. I will definitely add this to my list of NYC favorites.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful experienceJasperDined on 10/29/2014I loved the atmosphere and service. It was perfect for a date night. Great food. I am not a big drinker so I can't comment much on their beverage selection, however I would guess it is good. Also, it was too cool to sit outside, but I would imagine it would be nice to eat outside. Also, the downstairs area is perfect to experience a music performance with a small smaller party group size, and definitely for a date!Special Features:
- A gem of a find!!Super2Dined on 10/28/2014The menu was varied.....something for everyone and the food was delicious!!! Our waiter, Jimmy, was an absolute joy, and to top it all we managed to get seats downstairs for a live jazz band. I can't recommend the Cornelia Street cafe highly enough!!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 10/20/2014We chose this restaurant because of its location and its ability to accommodate a group of 8. The main courses and the desserts were fine, nothing spectacular, but everyone was happy. The servers were outstanding. They loved that we were a group of camp friends reunited in the city and had a great time with us.
- Happy timesloperDined on 10/18/2014Great atmosphere. terrific wait staff. wonderful food. made for a very pleasant experience with my friends.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great foodMangare4VIPDined on 10/17/2014food was delicious, although surface a little bit slow, the waitress didn't show that much to our tableSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very disappointingNewFanPetitLouisVIPDined on 10/17/2014I would have expected more judging on the reviews. Nothing special.
- Great Village restaurant/bar.SUPERDined on 10/16/2014SUPER FOOD /SUPER SERVICE / SUPER REASONABLE / SUPER PERIOD !!Special Features:
- What a findEatoutalotVIPDined on 10/13/2014My first visit to Cornelia Street Cafe, but I will most certainly be back! Great food & service and a wonderful experience.Special Features:
- CharmingkageyeyeDined on 10/12/2014good food and service. The Salmon and the beef borgonone were were great. Service attentive but not overly. Small but personal entertainment in the basement after. Very nice place.Special Features:
- MyrtleVIPDined on 10/10/2014Cornelia Street is so comfortable that it often surprises me when the food's so good; it's food you want to cook at home but don't have the time or the knife skills to pull of; I'm so happy that they just make little changes here and there to keep it updated rather than suddenly change the whole concept to little plates or fried chickenSpecial Features:
- Always a PleaseBillDined on 10/10/2014I never tire of the Cornelia Street Café. The setting is friendly and in fabulous Greenwich Village, and the food is incomparably good, and the wait staff is knowledgable and bends over backwards to please (my favorite server is Wendy). After or during dinner there are literary readings downstairs in the "nightclub" portion of the Café, and a little later on there's jazz or other kinds of music. Long live the Cornelia Street Café!Special Features:
- Delicious fritesSTLdinerDined on 10/9/2014The best part of my meal was the frites. I had the mussels as my entree and they were tender but not enough seasoning for my taste. While my 17 year old daughter enjoyed her salad I would say that the food overall was good but nothing special. Maybe we just ordered the wrong thing. I would be willing to go back and try it again because it was a good place to go as a family. We saw several families and even some young children dining there on a week night.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Find!sloperDined on 9/20/2014We were going to see a movie at the IFC Center nearby and discovered this place right around the corner. I was an hour late, but they let my friend wait the whole time at an outside table. When the food arrived, it was great! I had the blackened sesame salmon. Nicely done! Then when we asked for the check to be able to make our movie, the waiter took care of it right away.Special Features:
- People make it greatWorst2eatVIPDined on 9/19/2014Love the people the friendliness the you are at home feeling to kick back and enjoy food and beverage and fun. Loved itSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Village StableDitzyredheadDined on 9/12/2014I have been a regular customer of this restaurant since it was one room with a cappuccino maker and some rickety tables. In the early days there were any number of up and comings: Suzanne Vega, Jon Oliver, the odd actor reading the Odyssey, Calvin Trillin nestled in the corner waiting for Alice to join him for supper... and so on and so on. They treat poets and Nobel laureates with equal respect. The menu has certainly evolved from Shirred Eggs and Zito's bread to what it is now. I am pleased to have returned recently to find my culinary home in the village is as good, if not better than it ever was. The new wine choices reflect a certain whimsy combined with a clear understanding of their customers' palate. Bravo!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- amazing!goodfoodyayDined on 9/5/2014Great food and service, loved it! Would definitely recommend to others and go again! The steaks are particularly good :)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great village restaurantglobalreporterDined on 8/23/2014I'm uptown,my friends are downtown. This was the perfect place to meet! Food was great and the noise level was ok for us to actually have a conversation throughout dinner!Special Features:
- HappycafeOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 8/22/2014Found this great restaurant in my Where magazine for NYC. It was a great find and great prices too. A nice touch are the wine flights to try to sample wines you may never have heard of. Our server was attentive and they did a great job.Special Features:
- Worth a return meal!FoodieDined on 8/19/2014Cornelia Cafe was lovely. The staff was welcoming, the service attentive. Modest, charming surroundings. The food was good. Small menu; small portions - all good! Definitely going back to sample other menu offerings.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/4/2014Classic West Village vibe! I brought my family visiting from out of town here and it was a hit. Great NY and West Village Vibe. Will definitely be returning to Cornelia Street Cafe in the future.Special Features:
- Whole evening: great food+musicnoshnotesDined on 8/4/2014Many places in the Village have wonderful food, and many places have interesting events. I have not known any other place so consistently to maintain such high standards in both. At Cornelia St, the attitude of the owners seems to be, "What would I like myself and my friends to have to-night," and then they share that with everyone. If you have time, do go see something in the downstairs theatre, but I would recommend eating upstairs as the menu (and wine list!) is more expansive. Also, both food and shows are good enough that one doesn't want divided attention.Special Features:
- KenOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 8/1/2014I recently dined again at Cornelia Street Cafe. Group of six to celebrate my birthday. Food was excellent (all plates went back to the kitchen empty). Three of us had the Hudson Valley duck - comparable to any duck breast I had in Paris. Appetizers were good - we shared the salmon plate, the calamari and two orders of the country pate. Gone all gone! Desserts were enjoyed. Our waiter, Matt was kind enough to put a candle in my creme brule (terrific).. Service - from the young lady who confirmed my reservation to the bartender to out table servers were polite, competent and a pleasant presence. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.Special Features:
- Pleasant lunchNybritDined on 7/29/2014Reasonable price and pleasant if somewhat distant-at-first service (waiter yawned while handing me the menu - but this is not the norm)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 448 reviews are from the Cornelia Street Cafe reviews archive.
- Scrumptious food/right time to comeNot2pickyDined on 7/18/2014This time around everything was great. We have eaten here at other times when it was crowded and service was not as good. So come early!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delightful Sidewalk CafeZoCrazyDined on 7/11/2014Very accomodating and friendly staff, good food. Risotto with mushrooms and chicken was tasty.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic neighborhood restaurantStargazeeDined on 7/8/2014Great neighborhood American food restaurant. Food was oustanding - fresh, organic, tasty, artfully prepared. Fantastic service. Nice, comfortable ambiance on small street tucked away from noisy city. Very affordable. Wonderful way to relax, unwind after busy day.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- An Oldie But GoodierobwVIPDined on 7/2/2014On a very hot day I used my Open Table app to find this great cafe. Years ago I had eaten here but its been awhile & I was pleasantly surprised to find it still in business. One of the owners greeted us with good humor and even came over to check on our lunch. They have brunch menu even during the week which is great. The eggs florentine were yummy and my husband's Hueveros Rancho eggs were the best he has ever had. Can't wait to go back and listen to music one of these nights. Try it you'll be pleased.Special Features:
- Good Food, AtmosphereQuiknGoodDined on 6/26/2014The food and service at Cornelia Street Cafe were very good. We were on a time constraint to catch a show and the waitstaff did a great job in getting our food out on a timely basis, while still preparing it perfectly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Small gemBeanieVIPDined on 6/18/2014Little bistro type hidden away with a lovely menu, good service, delicious food and reasonable pricing. The wines were a bit high in cost but worth it. My companion had the bruschetta which was exceptionally fresh. I ate the mushroom risotto which was outstanding. Really loved this place!Special Features:
- Greenwich Village GreatneeneeVIPDined on 6/17/2014Ate at an outdoor table on a sunny, lovely weekend day. Everything matched the day! Delicious food, friendly service. A true Village landmark...we used to live in Greenwich Village and it was our go-to place. It has only improved with time. I miss not living nearby!I would recommend this to a friend.
- Reliable West Village CafeOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 6/14/2014Appealing menu at accessible pricing, especially for this now very tony West Village location. Service was the best possible, without any "attitude" but with major sensitivity to diners' requests and preferences. Owners have been operating this venue in the same fashion since its 1978 founding. Their willingness to host relatively unknown musical, literary, and other creative and community events in their lower level is admirable and impressive.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely dinneryummmmDined on 5/16/2014I had a wonderful dinner here with a friend on Friday, in the fireplace room. Our meals were scrumptious, and the staff are very pleasant and accommodating. Our waiter recommended chocolate bread pudding for dessert....delicious! Cornelia St. Cafe has a warm, comfortable vibe and is beautifully decorated. The food is flawless, and they have a nice wine selection. It's an especially nice refuge on a rainy day, but great any time.Special Features:
- ToreadorableVIPDined on 5/4/2014Every time we eat here, we tell ourselves we should come more often. We live in Hell's Kitchen so we typically don't come down here unless we're seeing a show in the area. But, the place is SO comfortable, the staff so friendly and efficient, the menu so carefully prepared that we may start coming down for no other reason than having another lovely dinner.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful eveningsoccermomof2Dined on 5/3/2014My husband and I stumbled into this place on our first NY date and we've gone back ever since, including this past Saturday after having gotten married the night before. A very nice personalized gift certificate was waiting for us. The maitre d made sure we had a nice table and the service and food was very good. We enjoy this place immensely.Special Features:
- Cornelia: Always terrificKagooDined on 5/2/2014We don't live in the neighborhood, or even in NYC, but we make it a point to eat at Cornelia several times a year. The food is excellent, the servers are unfailingly professional and amiable, and the ambiance is terrific. One of our favorite little spots.Special Features:
- Don't forget the shows downstairsshRtsVIPDined on 4/27/2014The restaurant is very good and worth visiting, but most of the time when I am here it is because I want a meal before I go downstairs for one of their superb and reasonably priced shows. Highly recommended.Special Features: