Cupping Room Cafe

4.3
933 reviews
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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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MB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! Excellent service! Will definitely be back

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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

K
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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
21 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Horrible sodas and lemonade. It should be simple to achieve

TM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing as usual!

WB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible and ambiance was perfect! Great find!

S
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Highly recommend it.

A
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
28 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

VB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

DL
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The hostess was as terrific, our waiter excellent. Love the ambiance and everyone enjoyed their meal. Thanks!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Generous food portions and the staff was great.

SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went also to see show and listen to music, which was great

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Our waiter was outstanding.

EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We sat at a lovely table with window to Soho. Unfortunately that is all that was good. My brioche french toast was over cooked and dry. My husbands avocado toast and egg was not particularly tasty and my granddaughters scrambled eggs were also over cooked. The location was nice but the food was not. Would not recommend to others. By the way we arrived with a reservation for 11:30 and they were not crowded at all.

SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Having visited Cupping Rooms in the past I was disappointed with my recent visit. Waiter was hovering too close and too long, lighting too dim, air temperature too cool and the tables unclean and sticky.
Having said that the burgers chosen by my teenagers were good and the Cobb salad was excellent.

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Servers were not that friendly or attentive. Couldn’t find our waitress for 20 minutes. The place is also dirty and the vents above us were caked with dust! Would not go back.

AP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

On Mothers Day- They put a large, very loud group in the center of the restaurant. We couldn't hear each other speak. Soup was cold hamburger was over done and stale bread. We ordered a virgin bloody mary- it had alcohol in it!!
We wont return.

MG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Initially I was not thrilled with the seating arrangement which was near the bar & what I believe to be the employees or coat room, but the friendly service and good food outweighed my initial displeasure. Plus it turned out to be the quiet section of the restaurant. It was Mother's Day and the place was full.
Highly recommend the French Toast......

RC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

The place is known by its pancakes. I went there specifically for that. There was no pancake...and the sweets I had to substitute were old.

F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for Brunch in NYC. Food is always good and my go to place on Sunday mornings in the city

MD
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The restroom was dirty but the waitress and meal were excellent

X
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing experience. I went for brunch for the first time as a last minute plan and it is now my new favorite place!

RN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I brought a group of teens for a 4:00 "snack" to The Cupping Room. One of the teen's order was brought out much later than the rest. I ordered a muffin which was stale.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waiter was extremely attentive and made wonderful brunch recommendations! I always enjoy the atmosphere and service when visiting!

FJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Only downside was that we were under a speaker and the music was so loud that, along with crowd noise, everyone had to repeat everything the entire meal.

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

It’s a very busy place but wait staff was very inattentive. Had to ask multiple times for silverware, condiments and never got my coffee refill.

M
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 3ambience 5

Just about everyone I know has worked in a restaurant at some point. We had good service and a good meal at The Cupping Room and it is wonderful place. While were finishing up our conversation, someone other than our server (I suppose the floor manager) rudely approached our table (there were many other tables around us that had finished their meals and were still at the table but we were the closest) and told us that they were very busy and they needed our table. Thankfully everyone at our table has a sense of humor so no one was upset and we were somewhat entertained by this manager then angrily removing everything from our table as if we weren't there. Had I done that when I waited tables I would have been fired on the spot.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

My reservation was placed into a dirty cramped corner away from the nicer dining area, crowded by kitchen staff and a coffee bar. The party next to us left they were so displeased with the seating area . We asked to move but watched multiple other parties arrive without reservations and be seated with priority over us. The food was alright, my friends liked it but my burger was dry and bacon was grossly dry and cold. There was also obnoxiously loud music playing so rudely that that we couldn't hear the whispering server or each other as we shouted through a conversation during our awful visit.

KR
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast in a very relaxing atmosphere. I would recommend it to anyone.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steven our waiter was lovely
The light in the room was just perfect and the food and drink were delicious Thank you

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch in NYC!!! Always a fave

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