Cafeteria

4.1
132 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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4.1based on all time ratings
4.1
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4.0
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4.0
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4.1
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vipBlacklug2013
New York Area
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.

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vipMaryj
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience1

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

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vipJackie
Philadelphia
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

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TracyV
New York Area
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 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

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vipJess
Washington DC
11 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!

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Localgirl2
New York Area
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.

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vipMeliG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aloe Vera lemonade with Skirt Steak Street tacos amazing!!!

JD
vipJDS7
New York Area
17 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.

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MaryG
New York Area
1 review
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!

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jaravis18
New York Area
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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Our waitress was extremely rude

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Ellie
New York Area
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.

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vipFrequentdinner1261
New York Area
31 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
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!

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TMRO
New York Area
7 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
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!

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OpenTable Diner
East Sussex
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 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!

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Angel
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very friendly -- all the staff. Excellent food. Rather noisy.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The MAC Attack was amazing. Very trendy and loved it

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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

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vipShutterbug
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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vipSamanthaA
New York Area
64 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.

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LeahC
New York Area
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

BK
BritneyK
New York Area
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.

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AndreaB
New York Area
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!

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Meaty1
London
8 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JM
vipJeffM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

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GadgetGuy
Toronto
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.

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Simono
Hampshire
8 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We enjoyed the delicious food, very tasty!

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Meaty1
London
8 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.

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BritneyK
New York Area
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!!

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Sunflower
New York Area
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

FAQs

Cafeteria does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Cafeteria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 414-1717.

Cafeteria is rated 4.1 stars by 132 OpenTable diners.