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Cafe Nunez

2.5
25 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin / Spanish
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We serve International Latin American and contemporary American cuisine. Café Nunez’s kitchen is lead by our executive Chef, Rene Hernandez; graduate of arguably the number one culinary institution in the world, El Bulli in Spain. Some our specialty dishes and drinks are the Traditional Paella Valenciana, Peruvian Ceviche, Empanadas, Sweet plantain croquettes, Churrasco steak over our delicately prepared mojito sauce, and the Chilean Sea Bass over Mofonguito. All of the above go accompanied excellently by a glass of traditional Spanish Sangria, a Mango or Passion Fruit Mojito, or any of our hand selected Spanish wines. Café Nunez's ambiance is a mix feel between modern day Latin American and American hip culture. We are particularly known for our exotic hookahs made with fruits and different types of liquors. Overall this restaurant is a great place for a good meal, special occasion, a drink at the bar, Latin dancing, or just to relax.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin / Spanish, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 6:00 am–11:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:30 pm
Sunday - Monday Dinner
Mon, Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Tuesday Dinner
Tue 4:30 pm–11:00 pm
Wed - Thursday Dinner
Wed, Thu 4:30 pm–12:00 am
Friday Dinner
Fri 4:30 pm–3:00 am
Saturday Dinner
Sat 4:30 pm–2:00 am
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Phone number
(212) 564-7444
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rene Hernandez
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Catering
We offer full catering services for any amount of people. We serve in a formal banquet manner and have lots of experience with arranging and hosting parties. Visit Cafenunez.com to see our menu.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th & 8th Ave.
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Parking details
After 7pm Monday-Friday, and any time Saturday and Sunday
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Public transit
Any train to Penn Station
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Entertainment
Flaming wing night Wednesdays: 15 cents wings all night and great bar deals Karokee Thursdays: live Karokee and 2 for 1 drinks Latin Fridays: Live Dj and Congo show, $2 drinks for ladies from 5pm - 7pm and $5 drinks for gents form 5pm- 8pm
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 25 People Are Saying
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2.5
  based on all time ratings
2.9
food
2.7
service
2.2
ambience
3.3
value
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50% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Marie (New York Area)
3.0
Dined on December 12, 2017

Food was excellent and the staff was extremely accomodating

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RobDA (Las Vegas)
1.0
Dined on November 11, 2017

Very disappointed in the customer service. I will start by saying that when I first walked in I thought I had walked into a deli. They had a brunch going on and it was like a buffet. I figured we could sit in the back and it was a little better. Very little ambiance.
I had purchased a Groupon for 3 course meal and 2 drinks as a gift for my girlfriend and we tried to use it on a Saturday afternoon. The Groupon was for 'dinner' but we were going during lunch time. I figured since the cost of lunch is usually cheaper they would not have a problem. Obviously, I was wrong. We were told that dinner doesn't start until 5:00 PM and they couldn't help us. We asked if they would extend the Groupon because it was expiring that day, we were told no. We asked was there anything they could do? "No. Dinner doesn't start until 5". We left. Never got to try the food, but there customer relations sure left a bad taste in my mouth.

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vipOpenTableDiner2013 (Philadelphia)
3.0
Dined on September 6, 2013

I wanted a Spanish/Latin restaurant in this neighborhood and the other reviews were not bad. We were greeted by imposing security guardsblocking the door. The music was so loud I mentioned it to the manager and the restaurant is used as a dance club on Thursday and Friday nights (I was there on a Friday). I couldn't carry on a conversation with my friend. We had the Paella for 2. Presentation was beautiful; it was very tasty and could have fed four! Staff members were friendly but with a small, crowded and noisy space, they were not as attentive as I would have liked with filling glasses, checking back, etc. I would not likely return but it looked like the younger drinkers and those going to the dance club were having a great time.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0
Dined on August 8, 2013

As soon as you approach Cafe Nunez, you hear the music in the back. It's a bit too loud if you're trying to talk to the person you're dining with. The LED lights make it club-esque. Will come back again to partake in their drink specials (2 for 1). My friend and I arrived too late to benefit from it. The size of the menu was great, and so far the food was consistent. Happy that I work close enough to enjoy it for lunch. Plan to come back to have more off their menu.

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vipRichard (Philadelphia)
4.0
Dined on June 8, 2013

It was a late night one summer weekend when I came across this latin restaurant which had fairly latin cuisine (a little cuban here, some puerto rican there and similar) which was what I came to expect for the food, energy (there's a sports bar behind the dining hall which gave it the friend's house effect). The hookas seem to be the star of the show, but it's worth a try if you're up to it. Long story short, authentic food plus hooka equals fun.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0
Dined on December 20, 2012

I walked in ans walked out. Place look filty and greasy. Also server called me to let me know thatmy reservation At 10pm cant be posaible i need to be before 930 for them tl served me

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0
Dined on November 24, 2012

Oh and service was good as usual
My issue was the type of music being played

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0
Dined on November 15, 2012

Delicious sangria. We had a special, and so glad I bought it. The food and drinks were so delicious. They had a DJ playing, we went on a Thursday, music was good. I would definitely return, with or without a special. And my waiter was just the sweetest guy, so polite, and attentive.

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vipFrank (New York Area)
1.0
Dined on October 18, 2012

When finding this restaurant online it seemed like a nice place for lunch, upon arrival I would not even go in. Can't even imagine why this place is listed on Open Tables site. The restaurant was in need of a facelift your only lunch option was the lunch buffet which was not very appealing.

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rachelbu (Minneapolis)
3.0
Dined on October 13, 2012

While the food was great, the service was poor. It took over an hour to get our food and the same amount of time to get the check. If t had been busy I could understand but there were 2 tables. That was including out party. Poor service all around.

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