Cupping Room Cafe

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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
The Cupping Room Café was established in 1977. It was originally a wholesale coffee establishment. Different blends of coffee were brewed and tasted by perspective customers. This act of blending and tasting different coffees is called cupping - hence the name The Cupping Room. The coffee tasting went so well that the owners decided to change the name from The Coffee Connection to The Cupping Room Café. They also decided to open the back of the store and sell coffee and pie to the local artists. The building hosting The Cupping Room is a landmark building. It was the first "tall" building in SoHo and is more than 100 years old. The high tin ceilings, hard wood floors, pot-belly stove and exposed brick walls are all part of the original setting. The Cupping Room was a home for artists and locals. Today it is still a neighborhood place where you can see the locals and the famous come together in our homey environment.
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BD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was fantastic and we loved the historic feel of the restaurant.

AK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good breakfast/brunch. I would come here again and would recommend to others.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was ok. What I did not appreciate is when I left from the front i noticed that they had a C rating from the board of health. They did not post it on the west broadway side. The C rating this as from August. I certainly will not return until they get an A rating.

OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great

E
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food!! Good service. But it's noisy. Don't plan to carry on a conversation.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very load so I hope they can find a way to help with sound issues but food, service and atmosphere were great!

P
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It worked out very well for our together, central location, easy dining room, food was very good & sound level not high.

W
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food orders were not all correct but fixed, lively atmosphere

L
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cupping Room Cafe for Sunday Brunch is a lively experience! Be prepared to speak with a raised voice. The food is very good & staff is attentive & friendly. Recommended!

GR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. It’s got an old New York vibe. And it’s totally dependable. Great every time.

KC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an awesome waiter and more than enough food. The coffee was excellent and everyone was very good about helping me with my allergies! Recommend!

D
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was super helpful. We were seated quickly. No one rushed us and we had a great time. The food was excellent.

AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

It's an incredibly noisy place, to the point where we had to lean far across the table to talk. To make it harder, the tables are close together. But the food was terrific and very plentiful. The service was great. So long as you don't mind shouting it's not a bad place to eat.

DS
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Glad to finally visit
Will definitely return and see what it's like at different times of day.

D
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Full of tourists
Very noisy
Cold cappuccino with no foam
Horrible dried chicken sausage
Burnt pancakes and very dry
Eggs were ok
Home fries were good

n
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

They called to confirm and said are you sure you are coming and will you definitely be here at your reservation time because we don’t want to set the table unless you are definitely coming. We confirmed Yes and they said ok but everyone in your party needs to be here . Okay- we planned to be. We get there and the server did not understand us. Omelette came without toast that was ordered with it, salad came without avocado, sandwich had no ham, kids hated their grilled cheese which is nearly impossible. It was not toasted on the bread with butter or oil in pan. It was dry. Eggs Benedict was overcooked like it was hard boiled. Drinks never came! When we asked server bar tender had to ask what the drinks were. We said they are actually drinks that on the menu. Were told they were short all bartenders. It was awful service and food and drink.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Haven’t been here in a long time and it was still as good as I remembered. Great for breakfast.

SS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Multiple aspects of our order were messed up, things came out slowly, and the waitress seemed to want to avoid us rather than rectify the mistakes. I will say my food was good (chocolate chip pancakes and chicken sausage) though my friends were less impressed.

G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a find! A fabulous place for Brunch with a great wait staff. Food was excellent and many options for Vegans and GF eaters. Highly recommendable!

LJ
London
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A wonderful visit for brunch. We've been once every time we find ourselves in NYC.
The food was delicious, the service was attentive and a lively ambience.
Highly recommended!

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

I usually love this place for brunch but service was a bit of a disaster this day.

MB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Excellent service! Will definitely be back

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Decent at best, other then our waiter who was delightful in personality but distracted in service, I wouldn’t go back.

K
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped by The Cupping Room for lunch. Our food was delicious (hamburgers, salads) and our server was great. The restaurant is charming and in a great location. After lunch we strolled around SoHo then walked to the 9/11 museum. A+

DS
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We’re told when we sat down they were only serving salads and sandwiches-would have been a great weekend sea to notify people with reservations of that so they could choose to cancel.

We ordered a tuna melt, quesadilla and quinoa salad. The salad was great, the quesadilla was boring and bland, the tuna melt was dry, cold and on stale ciabatta bread.

Was not my first time here but will definitely be my last!

AF
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Horrible sodas and lemonade. It should be simple to achieve

TM
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was wonderful. We went for a birthday brunch and everyone enjoyed everything they ordered. The Eggs Benedict options were great. Really enjoyed being able to customize your own. 6 people attended and 6 people all got different options. The grilled salmon was absolutely delicious on the Eggs Benedict. Our server was very nice and attentive. The place was crowded but we felt like he only had us to focus on. Will definitely go again when we are back in New York.

OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing as usual!

WB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food was very good, but the music was outstanding! Kenny Shanker's band is fabulous and we highly recommend going when they're playing.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went in for a casual lunch. The food was great and customer service also was great. We will return again!

PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I reserved a table here for a Sunday brunch for some old friends visiting from Portland, Oregon, their daughter, and my daughter. The atmosphere is nice, though a bit noisy for a 'regular' conversation. It was one of those 'have to lean way-forward to hear what they're saying' type of restaurant atmospheres...

Our waitress took a while to finally greet us. I really dislike feeling like I'm waiting and waiting for first-contact from whoever will be serving us. It wasn't that crazy. I know this place can be crazy full, and it wasn't, so I didn't know why it was taking so long for first contact.

The food was good. I mainly took my friends here because of the atmosphere, though perhaps I should have thought a little more and considered a place that wouldn't be so noisy, so my friends and I could catch up without having to say 'what?' so often...

It was basically a nice choice though, considering.

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible and ambiance was perfect! Great find!

S
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great brunch with a focus on eggs Benedict. Portions were very generous but prices were a little high. Service was great. Atmosphere is cute.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Highly recommend it.

A
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been to the Cupping Room in years (possibly 30!) but when I went Friday night I was pleased to see nothing had changed. It continues to be super laid back. The food is delicious, the server's are incredibly nice, and there is still wonderful live music. Got to hear the incredibly talented Sarah James and take part in her birthday celebration. Wonderful evening!

CR
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to come to CRC when we are in the city. It's laid back and cozy. The food is delicious with a good variety, and the service is outstanding.

b
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Old place with great food and reasonable prices, relaxed vibe, not “super cool!” I had strip steak which was great and reasonable.

GB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food. Good portions for reasonable prices. Artichoke ravioli was cooked well and tasted great. O cake for dessert is a cheesecake lovers dream and can easily be shared.

GL
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Classic NY dining experience. Great neighborhood to walk around after your meal.

VB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was epensive but it was a lot. I likr that thwy could add cheese to my avocado toast.