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About Cafe Select - NYC

Cafe Select is a bistro style European restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with Swiss specialties ranging from our signature Swiss Bratwurst with Roesti to our veal Schnitzel. We also serve our classics such as our Burger, Hanger steak as well as Risotto and a variety of salads. In the winter months we serve Fondue and Raclette in our back room. If you would like Fondue or Raclette please make a reservation at “Apres Ski Chalet at Café Select

212 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10012
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Swiss, Fondue, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday 8 AM-1 AM, Saturday and Sunday 9 AM-1AM

Cross Street:
Kenmare

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 925-9322

Website:
http://www.cafeselectnyc.com/

Executive Chef:
Ingrid Roettele

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

Cafe Select - NYC Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The small round table for party of four is a bit uncomfortable. The space was super tide to fit glasses for wine and water. We spilled water and wine three times over the dinner.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We were verbally harassed by the 2 drunk guys from the next table repeatedly for about half an hour...the hostess and the other customers saw it and heard it,I asked the manager for help to do something about and he completely ignored our request.I almost called the police but just decided to leave without giving any tip which I have never done before...very sad.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Service was quite poor. We waited over an hour for our food which I felt like was overpriced after we tried it.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Eggs benedict were done to perfection, would highly recommend for breakfast

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

I went their with my children and really liked it. The food was good and the atmosphere was charming. I would definitely go back again.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

This is definitely a great neighborhood spot I love to treat myself to from time to time. It's a great spot for just about any occasion. The wine is great, the food is amazing, and the service is outstanding (shoutout to my fave JC!). This place will always be at the top of my go-to list.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy, Bar Seating, Romantic, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

The noise made it impossible to carry on a conversation. Too bad because it made us not want to return

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Not worth it. Wait was excessive and the food was beyond sub par. We had to ask the waiter to take our order multiple times, then request our checks. What should have been a 40 minute dinner ended up being a 2 hour wait for sub par food. Truly don't understand how this place needed reservations.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Too noisy and the Rösti is not done in advance and that makes a big difference on the taste.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Am originaly Swiss. Feels like being home from a culinary perspective (though menu has tons of non-Swiss dishes). Classic veal in a cream sauce is a total winner (a Zurich recipe). Ambiance is much more relaxed and lively than at a restaurant back in my home country.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Ok not bad at all

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Lovely European atmosphere and very attentive and kind staff.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Disengaged service, fruit and berry with muesli were flavorless, strawberry had a fridge flavor...
Been coming for many years, seems to be getting a little lose. Schad.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

My group enjoyed great food and attentive service!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Great Easter brunch! just what we were looking for...casual and delicious food. Service was top notch. Will go again.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2017

quite a disappointment... this is a busy place, always with good group of people, but ultimately the menu looks better than the food served. We were certainly hoping for better tasting food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Food is good but service was unattended. Need improvement on that issue!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Casual, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on February 20, 2017

Riquísimo el brunch! Muy buen lugzar, súper recomendado!

Tags: Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Service was good, ambience is young, hipster, and chatty. Food is good but place gets loud
as the night goes on.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Great food, but the service was not good. Granted it was a busy Saturday night but I think they could have been a bit more efficient

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2017

I've now been for both dinner and brunch and really enjoyed this place. The atmosphere is great and interesting and the food is good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Nothing extraordinary

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2017

relaxed , happy and has good music. Line 6 is the closest metro line.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Didn't even honor reservation!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2016

It's great. Good food. Nice vibe.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2016

If you ask people why they go to your restaurant, 9 out of 10 times the reason would be "because Jacks Wife Freda was full/had a long wait". To my surprise, I probably could've waited for an hour at jacks wife Freda and gotten my food faster.

First of all, when my party of three walked in with a reservation at 12PM, the restaurant was maybe 30% full. We sat down, were given menus, and then spent the next 20 minutes trying to flag down a waitress, who seemed to have really important things to say to the other waitress at one of the registers. Once we finally got a waitress, we proceeded to order. I ordered the burger, which comes with a side of chips or greens - I had to remind her that I didn't pick one to which she said "Oh right. You get one of those". Fine, we submitted our order and continued to wait. As we were waiting, we heard the table next to us (a table of two) flag the waitress down: "you gave us cocktail menus. can we get food menus?" Hearing that exchange didn't inspire much confidence.

As we continued to wait, the table next to us finally was able to order once they were given food menus. To our surprise, despite placing their order after we did, they got their food about 15-20 minutes earlier. Keep in mind this was now 45 minutes since we walked in the door and we had a completely empty table.

The sad part is, we thought Cafe Select was a great option for a business lunch in the area. It has a good decor, seemingly good menus, and a great location. To our utter disappointment, the service was just atrocious. It wouldn't have even been that bad if we hadn't noticed all these tables coming in after us, ordering after us, and getting their food before us. The only common thread I saw with those special, vaunted customers is that they were all caucasian and it seemed we were the only non-caucasian customers in the restaurant. Hopefully just a coincidence.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Lovely space and interesting menu but overall poorly executed and over priced. My pancakes were pretty good but the portion was not even child sized and my side of eggs were so over cooked, they came with charred pieces. I don't know how the server gave them to me with a straight face. I wouldn't recommend Cafe Select for brunch.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2016

One of our local favourites. We love George he always takes care of us in a special way.
The food is consistently good, we crave the Zurich Veal and it does not disappoint. The Amish Chicken is also a family favourite.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Healthy, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2016

Authentic Swiss retro feel with updated versions of classic Swiss fair and some! Cool groove and crowd.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2016

Food was great. And we love the room. Wait service was friendly and attentive. Only problem was that menu was out-dated. We tried to order two or three things that were no longer available (as in no longer served). But the food we did get was scrumptious.
And we will be back, with bells on.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2016

This is one of my favorite places to get brunch in the city because they take reservations. I have never had to wait on line. Their pancakes are delicious. The only thing negative I have to say is that their tables are a little small/ not a ton of room to move around. But besides that they're great. And you can charge your phone there at their charging station, which is something every restaurant should have!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 17, 2016

Good vibes and delicious rosti at this super solid spot in Soho for chill but fun foods. Good decor.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Love this place. Terrible slow service always!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Friendly staff wonderful food great neighborhood. For brunch highly recommend the salmon + rosti and for dinner the risotto and the paillard. Delicious!!!

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 2, 2016

Energy overload. Staff efficient and busy. Once you got their attention every request was accommodated in a timely friendly and accurate manner. Menu was very good. Would have liked to order some Swiss wines

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Completely in love with the Rosti Norwegian, though the haloumi dish is a close second. Just hard to say "no" to those lovely potatoes

Tags: Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2016

Terrible service, had to chase people down, way understaffed

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Dinner was great, except for the wait for the table. We called ahead to push the reservation back to 8.45 and we weren't seated until almost 9.30pm. When we were seated, we were seated at the door right by the door which was very cold and a busy place to sit.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2016

Love this place for brunch! Always go there! Norwegian eggs are the best!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2016

Café Sélect has good food simple and healthy - and nice portion.

Tags: Comfort Food
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