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Cafeteria

4.1
4.1
129 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
CAFETERIA offer's a nostalgically familiar, yet cutting edge twist on American comfort cuisine. With our expertise in food, fashion and music, we assure that all of your senses will be satisfied! We invite you to experience our famous signature dishes like the Meatloaf, Fried Chicken and Waffles, our world renowned Mac and Cheese, Mac Attack, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and more. Our hand crafted seasonal and organic cocktails are second to none; including everything from the Aloe Citrus Martini, to carafes of Cactus Pear Champagne Mojitos.


Open for you around the clock, CAFETERIA is where anyone and everyone flock for Breakfast served until 5 PM, decadent Brunches, Blue Plate Specials, addictive Desserts and Late Night cravings. The outdoor café is a must in the warmer months and our Lounge is the perfect setting for any event.


Join us for a taste of affordable luxury that can be enjoyed with family and friends.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Walk-ins and reservations accepted.

  • Phone number

    (212) 414-1717

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Linda Japngie

  • Private party facilities

    Cafeteria introduces it's new Private Dining Room, The PDR. Seating 24 with available 5 Course Tasting Menu, Installation Wall with revolving art, private restroom and private access. Additionally, The Lounge serves 35 for a sit down dinner or 50 guests for Hors D'oeuvres. The dining room can be closed to hold 150 guests. Please contact us for additional information.

  • Private party contact

    Special Events Manager: (212) 647-1883

  • Neighborhood

    Chelsea

  • Cross street

    Between 17th and 18th Streets

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    1 train to 18th Street, and A, C, E, F, L, 2 & 3 trains to 14th Street

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 129 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. B

    Blacklug2013

    New York Area

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I did nit understand why I waited for a seat by the drafty door. My service was great. Not a good value for the price as far as portion size.
  2. M

    Maryj

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2017

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Service was horrible we waited one hour for are food will never return.
  3. J

    Jackie

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the meatloaf - it was delicious - and a cute place to unwind with friends after a long week
  4. TV

    TracyV

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great food and a cool environment. The service was great and pretty quick. I would definitely come back with friends and try something else from their yummy menu. I ordered the meatloaf and it was really tasty and a nice size portion.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2017

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Too loud, flies in tables, entree came missing components (eg, steak without polenta fries), had to proactively ask waiter to clear plates, had to stack plates because they were not cleared
  6. J

    Jess

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We loved our meal at Cafeteria. The food was delicious and the service great. Street noise while sitting outside was very loud since it's above the subway, but still a spectacular meal!
  7. L

    Localgirl2

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I knew what I was getting by booking this restaurant. It's a diner but better than a diner and so I wasn't expecting fine dining but a good place to stop after going to the Rubin Museum. My salad was very good and service was good. Our waiter said he was new but he did a good job. We were seated right away. A table next to us left after waiting for a bit but I'm not sure what the problem was. My husbands meal was not as good as he had hoped, he got the meatloaf. This is why I am not giving it more stars. Don't expect fine dining, expect diner food with a nice outside seating area.
  8. MG

    MeliG

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aloe Vera lemonade with Skirt Steak Street tacos amazing!!!
  9. JD

    JDS7

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I've only been twice and both times I got the ginger salmon. It was delicious. Underneath the salmon was a puree of peas with peas and mushroom. I highly recommend it. My dad also got the salmon and he was pleasantly surprised by how tasty it was. The complimentary biscuits are a good touch and quite tasty as well.
  10. MG

    MaryG

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, delicious, creative food. Had the crispy chicken sandwich; was afraid of that it had a rhubarb, but it was AMAZING!! Hubbie had meatballs - very tasty!
  11. j

    jaravis18

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great the Veggie burger was delicious my Boyfriend loveeed the meat loaf We will be back soon
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2017

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    Our waitress was extremely rude
  13. E

    Ellie

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2017

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    When we asked the servers to bring me salt, they forgot to give us the salt two times. I know they were very busy with service for customers but It was unpleasant for us. Except that, the food was out of this world. Thanks.
  14. F

    Frequentdinner1261

    New York Area

    53 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    My friends and I went out after the car show and I have come here about 5-6 times. This time was awful. They just recently changed the menu on Friday. The waiter forgot about us and never came to check. I ordered a simple salad with grilled chicken. And my salad came out 10 minutes after my friends burgers. My salad did not have the chicken on it and I was told that it was ordered separately which is was not. I had to wait another 10-15 minutes for the chicken. I did not receive fresh pepper for my salad. After calling the manager over the best they could do was take the salads off and offer us a free dessert. When it was time to pay it took another20-25 minutes for that and they person that took the check was not our waiter or even the manager. It was just another server that felt sorry for us. I love Cafeteria it is very inclusive of everyone and chic. But I will not be going back. Which saddens me because it was one of my favorite places to dine at.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great experience, we had just got off a flight from the UK and this was exactly what we needed!
  16. TM

    TMRO

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This wasn't my first time dining here, so I knew it would be a great stop for good food at a great value. I've been before for an after hours craving, lunch and this time dinner and I think it's great for all occasions. I like that it has an upscale feel, with decently priced entrees so a night out doesn't have to break the bank. They also have great allergy friendly options and the portions are generous. Our server stayed on top of things and ensured we had everything we needed. When another server brought out our drinks, our server quickly realized one of our drinks was missing the lime we requested and he brought over a tray of limes before we could say a thing. Love it there and will definitely go back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was on my daughters wish list of New York restaurants and it surpassed our expectations. Great service, food was amazing...meatloaf was incredible!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    East Sussex

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a great Friday night meal here. The atmosphere was great, a good crowd.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great and the food was awesome! The tuffle oil mac & cheese is new ffavorite and will definitely keep me coming back. I can't wait to visit again!
  20. A

    Angel

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very friendly -- all the staff. Excellent food. Rather noisy.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing Mac & Cheese....great comfort food in a upbeat atmosphere.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The noise level is a bit loud, but the food makes up for it. I rated the service as 4 star because while our waiter was excellent, our table changed over and it took forever to get our check.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was packed the Saturday night I went so it was pretty loud. We made reservations and arrived on time, however, we had to wait 20 minutes until a table was available. The manager provided me and my date with complimentary champagne for the inconvenience. I thought that was really nice and great customer service.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The MAC Attack was amazing. Very trendy and loved it
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2016

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Our waitress was so sweet and accommodating, the hostess as well was very sweet.
  26. S

    Shutterbug

    New York Area

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always a pleasure. Great service and casual ambiance. Dependable comfort food.
  27. SA

    SamanthaA

    New York Area

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Cafeteria is a great, solid choice in Chelsea for a friend's get together. I highly recommend it for something casual but still special.
  28. LC

    LeahC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Only complaint was the Mac and cheese was not as great as I was told. Other than that, loved it
  29. BK

    BritneyK

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafeteria restaraunt is my absolute favorite restaraunt in the city! It's always a must whenever I'm in the area.
  30. A

    Andie

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After coming here many times before, especially for the mac and cheese, I took my sister here to celebrate her 21st birthday. The mojito with Prosecco was amazing! What a great way to celebrate. Thanks!
  31. M

    Meaty1

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have started eating here, much later than usual. 2 a.m. is my normal time now and the menu, service, atmosphere and quality of food do not miss a beat. Terrific. To find a restaurant of this quality, open 24 hours is worth so much. Cafeteria is one of my favorite places to eat, anywhere.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food. The service. It was all worth more that it cost.
  33. JM

    JeffM

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Overpriced food. The salad was tasty but mostly bread.it was very disappointing.
  34. GG

    GadgetGuy

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed this place. Everyone was super nice. I ordered the Gouda and bacon Mac and cheese - it was delicious! The place does not disappoint. The area is nice too.
  35. S

    Simono

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafeteria never disappoints. We love it here anytime day or night. Brunch on Sunday was super, as was supper on the previous Thursday. Its always a positive, delicious experience. Great service, and an interesting, delicious menu. Keep it up Cafeteria - we WILL be back.
  36. KE

    KellyE

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited NYC for our honeymoon (with our 2.5 year old!) so super fancy meals out were non existent! We had a recommendation for Cafeteria from a friend. The staff were friendly and incredibly accommodating of our daughter. The food was delicious - we had the Mac and cheese tasting platter (the truffle!), I had the meatloaf (so good) and my husband had the steak Sandwhich which was good but he had food envy! Our daughter had a Mac and cheese which was delicious - we got around the very hot bowl by transferring some into one of the tasting platter bowls. The doors were all open on a beautiful sunny evening and we could have stayed all night! Thank you for such a great dinner on our last night in NYC.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We enjoyed the delicious food, very tasty!
  38. M

    Meaty1

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The quality of the food is outstanding. The menu is original and varied. New York has some of the best dining in the world and Cafeteria easily steps into the top bracket, without breaking the bank. The fact it is 24 hours just adds to its quality. It is extremely popular for one simple reason - the food. The friendly, efficient service is noteworthy as well. It is not a huge restaurant so you will be aware of the tables close together but it doesn't matter when you see what is being produced by the kitchen. Fantastic. Best pork chop I have had, anywhere and I have eaten my way around the world.
  39. BK

    BritneyK

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so good!!! The Mac and cheese spring rolls and the red velvet yodels were absolutely delicious!!
  40. S

    Sunflower

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2016

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Took my boyfriend to cafeteria for Valentine's Day. We arrived 30 minutes before our reservations and they still accommodate us. The food was amazing. I strongly recommend the mac & cheese. My only complaint is that the tables are a little too close to one another

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You can order delivery directly from Cafeteria using the Order Online button. Cafeteria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 414-1717.

Cafeteria is rated 4.1 stars by 129 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 17th and 18th Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Chelsea

  • Hours of operation

    Open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Walk-ins and reservations accepted.

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    1 train to 18th Street, and A, C, E, F, L, 2 & 3 trains to 14th Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Linda Japngie

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 414-1717

  • Private party facilities

    Cafeteria introduces it's new Private Dining Room, The PDR. Seating 24 with available 5 Course Tasting Menu, Installation Wall with revolving art, private restroom and private access. Additionally, The Lounge serves 35 for a sit down dinner or 50 guests for Hors D'oeuvres. The dining room can be closed to hold 150 guests. Please contact us for additional information.

  • Private party contact

    Special Events Manager: (212) 647-1883

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