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Cornelia Street Cafe

4.1
706 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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About

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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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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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Entertainment
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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Lovely place, accurate and empathic service. Loved it

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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 💕😍

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2017

Brunch outside

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Convienent to hotel and open late good burgers wine

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5.0Dined 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!!

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3.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2017

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!

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2017

No vegetarian dinner options - but great brunch options!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Delicious, quick, great atmosphere

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on May 2, 2017

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 .

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on April 2, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2017

Amazing atmosphere. True NYC village experience.

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