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Permanently Closed - A Cafe New York

4.4
31 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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A Cafe New York on Manhattan�s Upper West Side is a French Caribbean restaurant that serves up a fusion of fine French cooking and the spices and flavors of the Caribbean. The kitchen strives to maintain a sustainable dinner program that sources ingredients locally and seasonally. There is a BYOB policy and no corkage fee at A Caf� New York.

A Caf� New York�s menu ranges from appetizers such as mousse trufee, baked D�Anjou pear and broiled Bourgogne escargot to a variety of main courses. They include the acorn squash bowl, rabbit sausages, the vegetarian seitan meatloaf and Gulf shrimp saut�.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Caribbean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday: 6:00 pm-10:00 pm, Friday-Saturday: 6:00 pm-11:00 pm, Sunday: 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 222-2033
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W 108th Street
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
4.6
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5.0Dined on July 13, 2016

A Cafe is one of our favorite restaurants in NYC. The flavors are complex and delicious. We highly recommend the Duck Confit. Service is always friendly and attentive. It's a small place with a lot of charm, plus it's BYOB, so you can't beat that!

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2016

A pleasant surprise in an up and coming section of New York City. Well worth the trip for friendliness and an excellent combination of French and Caribbean food.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2016

What is there not to love about A Cafe? I mean, it's completely BYO, the menu is eclectic and delicious, the service is excellent and the prices are absolutely amazing. Myself and my colleagues from our wine store go here regularly and are never disappointed with anything and we love Al as well, he always does a great job knowing what we want and making sure we are always well taken care of.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2016

This is a favorite (BYOB), although the menu does not change at all and is very limited, they do a reliable job on the duck, sausage and squash entrees.

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2.0Dined on May 18, 2016

Nice atmosphere, but the service was painfully slow. There was only one other couple when we ate there (at 7:30 pm on a Wednesday), yet we waited over an hour for our food. We each had ordered only one entree. It was a mystery why it took so long given that the restaurant was so empty, and no explanation was offered. The food was good and creative, with a nice selection of vegetarian options. although the mushroom ragout was topped with an overwhelming amount of alfalfa sprouts. Perhaps the slow service was an anomaly, but I wouldn't try it again.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2016

My wife and I have been going to this UWS hidden gem for 6 years now. Amazing prix fixe special. This is a two man show (only the cook and utility man/owner host/waiter/busboy). Given the multiple responsibilities, service can be a bit slow at times - but the value / taste make up for this shortfall.

BYOB is a great perk and owner always happy to chill beers or white wine for enjoyment throughout the meal.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2016

We had to wait half an hour for appetizers and ONE FULL HOUR for our main course. We were a party of 2 and the place wasn't even at full capacity. But what could be expected when there are TWO people in total working the place? 1 cook/dishwasher + 1 host/waiter/busboy/receptionist. I hope they're getting paid tons of money, their jobs are insane. My food was just okay, my boyfriend hated his. Not coming back.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2016

The owner is lovely. The food is good but not every dish is exceptional! We really like the whole experience. The fact that we can take our own wine in is amazing!

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2016

This is a small restaurant and there are not a lot of selections but what they have is varied so it would appeal to most diners and what they do, they do very well. Everything was fresh and flavorful and different from what you might find normally. Also, since it's a byob, your tab will be a bit lower than at a restaurant with a bard. They are very happy to open our bottles of wine and encouraged to sit and linger.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2016

Excellent food, BYOB, and good service. The starter was so good that I thought the main would be not so good. But it was.

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2016

Oh my! So many good-great reviews. Why?? Food poor. Hot inside even at opening time
Really inexcusable even w byob and moderate prices

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2016

Enjoyed their prix fixe menu once again -- this time with friends who absolutely loved the place and the food. They would not stop thanking me for introducing them to this place.
All of the following were excellent ..
Appetizers: the pheasant pate with brie, the grilled avocado and the baked d'Anjou pear
The mains: wild mushroom ragout, rabbit sausages and merguez sausages
What is particularly noteworthy -- each dish is so different -- we had fun sampling from each other's orders and appreciating the unique flavors.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2016

Had a wonderful meal at A Cafe NY. Owner greeted us at the door and service was friendly and helpful. The cuisine is French Caribbean, which led to an eclectic menu with intriguing favors and combinations of ingredients. Would definitely recommend the lamb sausages. The restaurant is "bring your own wine". Fortunately there is a nice wine shop across the street. There was no corkage fee.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2016

Nice, diverse menu of appetizers and main dishes including vegetarian, duck, seafood and others. Small cozy atmosphere, BYOB and if you forget, there's a liquor store next door. Little pricey for the neighborhood but just a little bit and the food is worth it.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2016

Amazing meal! The food is some of the best I've had, and I'm a picky eater. The service is slow, but I didn't mind because we were well tended to. It's a great cozy spot for an intimate meal with friends/family.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2016

lovely, charming place. we enjoyed our meal. we particularly like the fact that this is a byob restaurant. this definitely makes it much more affordable. this is a two man show. one person cooks and the other waits. somehow they make it work. would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2016

Food and Service excellent. Very friendly and attentive service!! The small size and the nice atmosphere makes it perfect for a romantic dinner. They have a BYOB policy.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2016

I really enjoyed my dinner at A Cafe. I went with a group, we all got the Prix Fixe. Between that and the zero corkage charge for bringing your own wine, A Cafe is a bargain. The food was plentiful and tasty. The one man staff was friendly. I'll be going here again soon.

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2016

A Cafe remains one of they best BYOB spots in NYC. It is the best value with an amazing price fix and a la carte menus.

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2016

Tiny, classy restaurant, exotic food (small menu, which is good). However, we arrived at 8:05 (our reservation was for 8) and were disallowed the prix fixe dinner, which ended at 8. Since there was only one waiter, and he was slow, we considered the act petty, and we had dessert elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2016

I went to A Cafe when they first opened one block south of their current location in 2001. It was a tiny restaurant that served delicious meals. I had no idea it had found a new home nearby, and stumbled upon it recently.

The dishes here are wonderfully creative, flavorful, and interesting. Each of the four in my group said, "This is extraordinary" in references to everything they ate. It was an experience none of us will forget.

The food was exceptional. To our great surprise, it was matched by the service, an absolute gentleman who tended to us professionally without pressuring us to give up our table, despite the fact we were there enjoying ourselves for a few hours. We were stunned to discover that he was the only waiter on the floor. We found him a master of service, and a real pleasure to be around.

I highly recommend A Cafe, though I think that was probably clear from the above. We'll all be back--and soon!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2016

Cafe A has a great ambience and excellent menu for vegetarians and meet eaters.
The service is excellent and attentive. The desert is phenomenal.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2016

A Cafe is BYOB with no cork fee. They also have a $25 fixed price appetizer and main between 6-8pm (might be weekdays only). I had escargot + duck confit for $25! If you are on the upper west side you should try this place.

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2.0Dined on December 11, 2015

The bus person was extremely rude. He acted as if he didn't want me there. The food was bland, and the chicken was extremely dry. I have never been to a restaurant where I felt so unwelcome.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2015

Best French food. BYOB. Escargot is unforgettable. Hidden gem.

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2015

We arrived at the restaurant at about 6pm and we were the only diners there, within 15 minutes the restaurant was full. Menu isn't extensive but selections are made to order and very well done. It is BYOB but there is a liquor store across the street in case you forgot your favorite beverage. We were somewhat rushed because we were going to the theater, I will definitely return to enjoy another meal.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2015

Amazing food and great friendly service, we'll be back

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2015

The food here is creative and special - I had the shrimp with coconut milk, my date had the duck, and our friends had chicken - everything is expertly prepared and beautifully displayed. You feel as though you are in a private home with servers! What a Fantastic Restaurant.

The escargot is incredible and also the avocado appetizer --

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2015

We've been going to A for years, and it's always great. Some really unique dishes and combinations, great choices for vegetarians as well as meat eaters. Some dishes work out better than others, but even when unsuccessful, there is always energy and excitement of experimentation.

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5.0Dined on October 2, 2015

This is worth the trip uptown. Small menu but found is excellent. And you can bring your own wine !

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2015

Superb! Excellent choice.

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