Cornelia Street Cafe

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In 1987, on its tenth anniversary, New York City proclaimed Cornelia Street Cafe "A CULINARY AS WELL AS A CULTURAL LANDMARK." Founded by three artists, it provides food for the soul as well as the body. Upstairs there are three dining rooms, a beautiful hundred-year-old oak bar, a sidewalk cafe on one of New York's most picturesque streets, and a wood-burning fireplace for the winter. The cafe has received numerous awards for its food: Time Out's TOP 100 RESTAURANTS; the Village Voice's BEST OF NEW YORK FOOD; and a special award from the Village Arts Society for INSPIRED CUISINE. Most recently it received the Waterford Crystal Award of Distinction for BEST BY-THE-GLASS WINE PROGRAM--there are more than thirty wines available by the glass. Downstairs (honored with Zagat Nightlife's Award of Distinction) there are more than 700 performances a year. RESERVATIONS ARE FOR DINING UPSTAIRS. RESERVATIONS FOR THE DOWNSTAIRS CABARET CANNOT BE MADE ONLINE.
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New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience2

I am sorry to say this neighborhood gem has fallen on hard times. The portions are smaller and less tasty. The prix fixe is no bargain. The wine prices are high. I understand they are suffering from a rent raise like everyone but I (who used to be a dedicated customer) will not be back.

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and service great. So a cute, cozy Village spot. One of my favs for brunch.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely place, accurate and empathic service. Loved it

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The restaurant is small space on first floor with doors opening into sidewalk dining. Three jazz groups each evening make this West Village site a unique jewel. Will come back when time
permits enjoying the jazz. Food was truly excellent with high quality ingredients prepared with
care - and pride!

A
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely place! So sweet and quaint 💕 We sat outside right on the sidewalk watching the city around us. The food was very good! The orecchiette pasta with cremini & portobello mushrooms and truffle oil was amazing!!! This was a return trip as it is they very first place we met on our first date nearly 7 years ago 💕😍

JN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Brunch outside

HH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new chef had just introduced a first quinoa based special entree, which two of our party ordered and found delicious. I myself had the Thai bouillabaisse, which was excellent. Our server was extremely attentive and responsive. Cornelia St. is both a local gem and worth the drive!

W
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our neighborhood go to! We love Cornelia Street. There is always a friendly face to greet you and the food is delish. Great sandwiches and wonderful for brunch all day. There is a friendly, lively bar and poetry readings or music downstairs. A local favorite!

B
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cornelia Street Café remains my favorite restaurant in New York. The salmon that I had last night was extraordinary, the drinks are great, and everyone who works there is friendly and attentive. We went to celebrate a birthday, and everything about the restaurant made it a delightful occasion. All hail Cornelia Street Café!

DP
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A wonderful NYC classic with solid food and a great atmosphere. Not fancy, but very comfortable.

p
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Convienent to hotel and open late good burgers wine

PW
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent, as always! This has become our go-to place for pre and post theater dining in the Village. Special cocktails are always fun, and the daily food specials are creative and delicious. Highly recommended!!

HT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was good but the menu is limited.
The worst part of the dinner was the prohibitive heat. The window and doors were open and it was hot and humid.
Not a comfortable environment

CB
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A good vibe and GV staple. The food is prepared well and the waitstaff friendly and inviting. Always have a good time.

b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous meal! Had the salmon which was spectacular. Friendly and attentive waitstaff and right in the middle of a fantastic neighborhood. Will definitely go back.

L
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Although I really enjoy this restaurant I never got credit for the visit (on open table). They said that I made two reservations and cancelled one but as it turned out I didn't get credit at all. I wrote to Opentable but they never responded and the restaurant said it wasn't their problem. A little discouraging.

c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Food was delicious and spot on. Also, it's nice that there is something for everyone on the menu. The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable. A truly delightful evening!

A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The service was good except there was an annoying elderly gentleman who was recommending wine. A little too forward and trying to be funny and he wasn't. We just wanted a glass of wine. We didn't need all that fuss.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It's a limited menu but the food is very good. Service was attentive and not pushy. Calamari was tasty and the steak au poivre was very good and cooked perfectly.

v
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We'd been to this venue for music before but this was our first meal there. Bright, lively spot for a Sunday brunch but not too noisy that we couldn't hear our companions. Food and service were excellent.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cornelia Street Cafe is a neighborhood gem. The food is delicious and the atmosphere so cozy. I'd absolutely recommend and will certainly return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was wonderful. She understood me not ordering wine after giving me a sample. I changed my mind, and she did not make me feel guilty about taking the sample.

MG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pleasant, friendly staff, delicious food, inventive wine choices by the glass. Intermittently loud depending on the crowd

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

No vegetarian dinner options - but great brunch options!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, quick, great atmosphere

OT
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food Great atmosphere in the village! Downstairs live jazz show after dinner was the perfect ending!

DC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Maybe I expected more due to the great online reviews, but I was a bit underwhelmed. Very crowded and noisy for a Tuesday night. Waitstaff was friendly but the music was insanely loud (I think one of the speakers was directly above us; I should also clarify we were upstairs, this wasn't the live music, just throbbing techno pop) and I had to shout to be heard by my friend. Each time the waiter attended to the table next to us, it felt like I was having a conversation with his right butt cheek. Overall just really uncomfortably loud and crowded.
Food was good but nothing out of the ordinary. May be a "vibrant hot spot" but not worth the money if you're looking for good food, leisurely dining & quiet conversation .

a
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2017
Overall4food3service3ambience4

My friend and I sat outside on the first warm night in the city. The service was good - food was good and tasty but not exceptional. The pricing was fine and average for NYC. The key lime pie was excellent.

R
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Met a friend for lunch and we sat talking for a long time. We were never hurried along or encouraged to finish up. Food was fresh and delicious.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A cultural institution in the basement (we ended our evening with a jazz show, one of the bargains of NYC), attentive and friendly staff, wonderful pasta, and you don't have to make too many decisions when ordering wine with their wonderful wine flights (any 3 wines for $15!!!)
Love this place, will be back as often as possible.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cornelia Street is a great place to meet friends, - we've come several times with out-of -town friends and enjoy not only the food, but having an opportunity to actually chat, because the noise level does not deter conversation. Our waitress was very friendly and accomodating (even had the air conditioner put on when we felt warm). She recommended a perfect bourbon cocktail! I love this place.

T
Washington DC
313 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely table at the window along with a very delicious BLT. Perfect spot for lunch before heading to the Whitney.

S
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cornelia Street Cafe is indeed a neighborhood gem--and be prepared for tour groups visiting during the daytime (they're unobtrusive to diners). During the last visit, I had a portobello kale sweet onion quiche, that melted in my mouth--a generous portion, and perhaps the best quiche I've ever had. The servers are all great, but Maria is exceptional. It's just a warm, wonderful place with great food, and entertainment downstairs in the evenings.

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A great spot for a traditional, no-frills breakfast. Solid food at an unbeatable price.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love this restaurant! There's nothing you can order that isn't fabulous---from appetizers to dessert. And their espresso is fabulous---one of my criteria for a wonderful meal

BC
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a long visit with friends that I barely see last week. It started as breakfast and turned into afternoon drinks. The food was great and the vibe was really laid back. Would love to come back when there's some music playing downstairs.

MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Average quality. Very small portions. We had their 'specialty' house burgers .. vegi (mushroom only) and meat (a bit salty). Came with a small salad and small fresh fry. Just, similar to run of the mill local burger- joints only very tiny portion. We not fussy eaters, but left hungry...only to stop at a local deli for desert

CS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and comfortable. Very friendly, attentive staff. Great brunch and dinner menus, delicious but affordable food. Wine list has some extraordinary values on it; beer selections are smart and varied. We had a wonderful lunch before seeing a wonderful show downstairs.

N
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a tried and true. You can almost be guaranteed a good meal and good service. I've been going there for years.

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere. True NYC village experience.

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