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Cafeteria

4.1
132 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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About

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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Walk-ins and reservations accepted.
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Phone number
(212) 414-1717
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Linda Japngie
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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.
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Private party contact
Special Events Manager: (212) 647-1883
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 17th and 18th Streets
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Public transit
1 train to 18th Street, and A, C, E, F, L, 2 & 3 trains to 14th Street
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Special events & promotions
The Lounge serves 35 for a sit down dinner or 50 guests for Hors D'oeuvres. Please email events@cafeteriagroup.com for additional information.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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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1.0Dined on October 22, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2017

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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2.0Dined on September 16, 2017

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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5.0Dined on September 15, 2017

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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3.0Dined on August 26, 2017

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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5.0Dined on August 22, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2017

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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5.0Dined on June 27, 2017

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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5.0Dined on June 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2017

Our waitress was extremely rude

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2017

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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1.0Dined on April 15, 2017

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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5.0Dined on April 11, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2017

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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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

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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4.0Dined on January 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2016

The service was great and the food was awesome (tuffle oil mac & cheese) new fav, I can't wait to visit again!

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4.0Dined on November 28, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2016

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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4.0Dined on November 12, 2016

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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4.0Dined on October 13, 2016

The MAC Attack was amazing. Very trendy and loved it

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on September 18, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on September 1, 2016

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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5.0Dined on August 6, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2016

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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5.0Dined on July 9, 2016

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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5.0Dined on June 21, 2016

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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5.0Dined on June 19, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on May 30, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2016

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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5.0Dined on May 26, 2016

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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5.0Dined on May 25, 2016

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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4.0Dined on April 30, 2016

We enjoyed the delicious food, very tasty!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2016

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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5.0Dined on February 20, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2016

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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