Cornelia Street Cafe
Cornelia Street Cafe

Cornelia Street Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com/
  • Phone: 2129899319
  • 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.

Getting there

  • 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.
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Cornelia Street Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (46)fit for foodies (26)great for outdoor dining (25)romantic (16)late-night find (13)special occasion (12)great for brunch (11)good for groups (9)great for lunch (8)notable wine list (8)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We 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.
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  • Happy time
    sloper
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great atmosphere. terrific wait staff. wonderful food. made for a very pleasant experience with my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    Mangare4VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    food was delicious, although surface a little bit slow, the waitress didn't show that much to our table
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    NewFanPetitLouisVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I would have expected more judging on the reviews. Nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Village restaurant/bar.
    SUPER
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    SUPER FOOD /SUPER SERVICE / SUPER REASONABLE / SUPER PERIOD !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a find
    EatoutalotVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My first visit to Cornelia Street Cafe, but I will most certainly be back! Great food & service and a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming
    kageyeye
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    good 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MyrtleVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Cornelia 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 chicken
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Please
    Bill
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious frites
    STLdiner
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The 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:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    sloper
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • People make it great
    Worst2eatVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Love the people the friendliness the you are at home feeling to kick back and enjoy food and beverage and fun. Loved it
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Village Stable
    Ditzyredhead
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing!
    goodfoodyay
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food and service, loved it! Would definitely recommend to others and go again! The steaks are particularly good :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great village restaurant
    globalreporter
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I'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:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happycafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Found 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:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth a return meal!
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Cornelia 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:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Classic 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:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Whole evening: great food+music
    noshnotes
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Many 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:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant lunch
    Nybrit
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Reasonable price and pleasant if somewhat distant-at-first service (waiter yawned while handing me the menu - but this is not the norm)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scrumptious food/right time to come
    Not2picky
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This 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:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Sidewalk Cafe
    ZoCrazy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Very accomodating and friendly staff, good food. Risotto with mushrooms and chicken was tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic neighborhood restaurant
    Stargazee
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Great 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:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Oldie But Goodie
    robwVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    On 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:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Atmosphere
    QuiknGood
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The 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:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 443 reviews are from the Cornelia Street Cafe reviews archive.
  • Small gem
    BeanieVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Little 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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Greenwich Village Great
    neeneeVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Ate 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!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable West Village Cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Appealing 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:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner
    yummmm
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • ToreadorableVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Every 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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    soccermomof2
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My 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:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cornelia: Always terrific
    Kagoo
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We 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:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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  • Don't forget the shows downstairs
    shRtsVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The 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:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot near Barrow St. Theatre
    frequentdnrVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Service was outstanding, we all had a hard time deciding what to get as there were so many terrific options, the wine list is extensive with many interesting choices by the glass -- would be great for dates, families, groups, whomever looking for great food, great service
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy Surrounds, Great Food
    ElaineVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    My film group meets once a month to see a movie and go to dinner. The other night we went to IFC and then around the corner to Cornelia Street Cafe, which was entirely perfect. Cozy but lively, we could hear each other, our waiter was fun but unobtrusive, and the food, the food, the food ... was just terrific. The duck Magret was perfect, someone had a burger, someone had the sesame crusted salmon - everyone was happy. VERY happy. Love this place.
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  • cute and cozy
    HillaryVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Went to Cornelia Street Cafe after a friend recommended it. Was flavorful food with friendly and accommodating employees. The burger and BLT was delicious. We dined on a Friday around noon and had no problem getting a table. I was however warned how busy it gets on the weekend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food
    LMiles
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We arrived early to our reservation and we were invited to sit at our table which was wonderful. It had been a while since I had been to Cornelia Cafe and the food was better than I remembered. The welcoming staff and bartender were fantastic and super helpful and friendly. Our waitress was not particularly friendly or helpful, unfortunately. And this was from the moment of our first question of the night. But the rest of the servers were so lovely. And since the waitress was relatively inattentive, it didn't bother us for very long. This is a great place to dine with a date or a group of friends!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • went for late dinner service
    debeat
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    went for late dinner service from the waitress was so so bad. guess she doesnt like waiting on people very sour!! never cracked a smile not once! my sons girlfriend ordered the gnocchi with chicken and had to ask for the chicken. The busboy was the only helpful one and took back the dish to put chicken on there. we still gave a 20% tip even though the waitress did not deserve it, would not go back!!!
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  • Great spot, service however poor
    Hola
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I have been many times to Cornelia cafe over the last past 7 years. It used to be one of my favorites especially when the rhubarb cobbler was on the menu:-) I went back there the other night, admittidly after one year. The food was good, however more saucy than I remembered and the service was simply absent. Our waiter forgot about us for over half an hour as we were waiting on the dessert menu. Nobody seemed to be looking, tables were being changed next to us and yet we were simply ignored. Not too sure what to think...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.