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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This restaurant is permanently closed.

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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Cross street
W 108th Street
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access
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DP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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EA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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D
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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Montana
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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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P
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

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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S
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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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MA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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SK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

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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r
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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C
Sacramento
275 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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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T
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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c
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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SH
New York Area
154 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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f
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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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J
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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K
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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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M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

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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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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RK
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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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OT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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PM
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! Excellent choice.

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