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Cornelia Street Cafe

706 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, European
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Phone number
(212) 989-9319
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Daniel Latham
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Private party facilities
We have several rooms for private parties, accommodating from 20 to 75 people: 1. Country dining room with fireplace accommodates up to 40 people for dinner. 2. Side room looking out onto Cornelia Street for 20-25 people. 3. Downstairs cabaret with stage, sound system and separate bar accommodates 50 people for dinner or 75 for cocktails and hors d'ouvres. We will happily work with you on individually tailored menus, bar and wine choices.
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Private party contact
Ezekiel Miller: (212) 989-9319
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Cross street
Between W4th & Bleecker
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Parking details
There is metered parking (till 10pm) on Cornelia Street, a parking lot on the corner of Morton Street and 7th Avenue, and street parking in the neighborhood with differing restrictions
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Public transit
A, B, C, D, E, F, V trains to West 4th Street. #1 to Christopher Street-Sheridan Square
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Downstairs in the cabaret there are some 700 performances a year in every conceivable genre (and quite a few inconceivable ones). Suzanne Vega sang her first songs here, Eve Ensler developed her Vagina Monologues, Senator Eugene McCarthy read his poetry, Dr. Oliver Sacks continues to read his prose; Nobel laureate Roald Hoffmann curates a regular science series, and members of Monty Python and the Royal Shakespeare Company occasionally pop in. And there is an astonishing variety of music not limited to jazz (although Downbeat Magazine did name us ONE OF THE 100 GREAT JAZZ CLUBS OF THE WORLD). To make reservations for any of the cabaret shows please contact the cafe.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipgadfly (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on July 8, 2017

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.

vipSaaron (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 7, 2017

Lovely place, accurate and empathic service. Loved it

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 5, 2017

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!

vipAivelira (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 5, 2017

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 💕😍

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 2, 2017

Brunch outside

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2017

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!

vipWinsor25 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2017

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!

vipBill (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

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!

vipDavidP (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 22, 2017

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

puz1 (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on June 16, 2017

Convienent to hotel and open late good burgers wine

vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on June 16, 2017

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!!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

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

CeeBee (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

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

bizidoc (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 7, 2017

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.