David's Cafe

4.5
199 reviews
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French American
FRENCHY DOES AMERICAN.
BURGER BASH CHAMPIONS For 2016! #NYCWFF, David’s Café, in the heart of the East Village, serves French-American food in a casual environment. Opened by Chef David Malbequi (Les Enfants de Bohème, BLT, Alum of Daniel Boulud), Daniel Rivera (Crooked Tree, Les Enfants de Bohème), the restaurant is designed to be a comforting way-post/eatery for neighbors and visitors alike.

Hours: Lunch 11-3.30pm M-F Brunch sat/sun: 11am-3.30pm
Petit Menu: 3.30pm-5pm
Dinner 7 Days a Week 5pm-11pm

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was incredibly slow. Brought out our sides as appetizers instead of as sides. Failed to take into account an allergy which left person without their food for about 30 minutes after the rest of the group.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Brunch is so good! There are so many options and it’s all delicious

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The hostess/waitress with the injured hand was BEYOND annoying and rude. I can’t even explain the amount of eye rolls and looks she gave us because she was doing her job. If she’s reading this, maybe try a different occupation.

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JS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Price was reasonable. Restaurant was busy but noise level still allowed for conversation without shouting. Will return.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a delicious burger. Love the double stack !! Thanks :)

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Great atmosphere! We were seated right away with our reservation!

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OT
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food, but not worth the pretentious service. They won’t substitute cheese type on their sausage egg and cheese.

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MG
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food mediocre but nice atmosphere and friendly staff.

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NM
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

This place was very cute but VERY crowded. I made a reservation for 1:30 and we weren't seated until 2:00. Why even offer reservations if you're not going to hold tables for people that actually took the time to make them?! On top of that, the table for the 4 of us should probably only seat 2 in practice. It was cramped and uncomfortable.

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TH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect little cafe for a lunch catch up with a friend. Delicious poached eggs and crispy bacon!

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KE
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burger was as good and as juicy as the hype. Adorable, buzzy cafe with servers bringing out plate after plate of delicious looking dishes. Can’t wait to try more.

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NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We arrived on time for our reservation but were told there was a wait because previous reservations had arrived late and pushed everything back. Not sure why the late-arriving diners were seated tbh because there was a huge crowd waiting at the door. We were seated after 30 min wait and service was functional but not pleasant or welcoming. Drinks were literally dropped to the table (and splashed a little). Maybe our server was a bit surly or they were understaffed but it definitely felt like a no-frills diner experience. Food was good, not outstanding. Seems like a decent place for grub but not worth the wait or poor service in my opinion.

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AT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! If you’re looking for a nice but still casual brunch, perfect spot.

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SH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food at David’s is excellent! Love the space and the atmosphere. The only thing that could be improved was the check in experience - we had to wait 10 minutes to get to the front to get our reservation/table. The staff could’ve been more attentive in this aspect.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked David’s Cafe to celebrate my birthday with a lovely brunch! The atmosphere and low-key vibe of the restaurant is what stood out to me along with the delicious menu options. It was a cozy environment for a party of 8. The food was spectacular! I ordered their well known burger and will definitely be heading back for more. All in all wonderful brunching experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I made a mistake and was 30 minutes late for our brunch reservation, but no one made a big deal about it and we were seated right away. The food was excellent - my omelet was way more flavorful than most and the home fries were the best I’ve had in a while. We got charged for two bloody marys that we never ordered, but the error was fixed with no trouble. We’ll definitely go back!

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RZ
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific food and service. Great specials. Can't say enough about the food.

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LF
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We snuck into David’s for a quick bite before going to The Public Theater. The pork was moist and tasty and just this side of too pink. Served over mashed potatoes with a taste of wine gravy.

We would come back without hesitation.

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LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Needed a place near a little theatre in Alphabet City that was open late. They will allow you to order until 11. Everything was terrific, the hlf poulet, the moules frites, amazing champignons and the sweetest and most efficient wait staff. A new favorite for the East Village.

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RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good but service was awful. They had well intentions but were a bit clueless.

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b
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

what a treasure: small, intimate, understated, not to mention good food, friendly service. no liquor license, but interesting cordial and wine-based cocktails. a must for any occasion.

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t
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice to find a casual dining spot with a very decently priced wine list and a reasonable noise level that allows conversation without shouting. Burgers and fries are famously superlative.

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LS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was awful ... we came very early because we had another evening event . So thought casual in neighborhood would work
I ordered the risotto ... it was not recognizable & tasted even worse
Appreciate that they didn’t charge us for it

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great fries. Good atmosphere

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CC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great with allergies. Made sure to check all of their meals before I arrived and let me know what I was able to eat with my garlic allergy.

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B
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Brunch was wonderful! Loved the Eggs Benedict with coffee included. The atmosphere was perfect to have 3 friends catch up.

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LC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a random find. I am visiting from Miami, and was looking for good and inexpensive brunch. David's Cafe was amazing. We went in a large group and they were very accommodating. The food, OMG, it was so good for brunch. I have been recommending this place to actual New Yorkers. Thank you for a lively time.

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RC
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David’s Cafe is consistently good. Obviously quality ingredients prepared skillfully. The service is attentive, but not intrusive and friendly. The tuna tartare, endive salad and poulet sauté impressed last night but I can vouch for the hangar steak, salmon and moules as well

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M
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely staff, cute place, good food and wine. My friend and I both order moules frites and split a delicious kale salad. Super ambience, we sat and talked for hours comfortably. This is the kind of place that reminds me I need to visit the East Village more often!

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OT
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Quintessential hipster place in heart of East Village. Nice retro vibe and great light from all window front, serving good quality items with good service.

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KJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality food, service, and brunch prices were all thumbs up! I will definitely be going back!

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good. Consistently friendly service and the best burger.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a nice late Sunday brunch. The staff were attentive and the food was pretty good. The fries were a little over salted but that's just personal preference.

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RU
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Started with the steak tartare which came pre-mixed with the Ingredients (normally served on the side) and it was amazing!! Modules frites were ok. Service was friendly. I’m not sure if the barman knew how to pour a beer, took for ever may be the keg was running low. It was quiet which was good.

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JS
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very solid neighborhood restaurant with well-prepared food at very reasonable prices. Friendly, efficient service and a good selection of wine and beer (no spirits). Highly recommended.

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p
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were warmly greeted by the bar tender upon arrival. The waitress we had could not have been more attentive. We started with the tuna tartare and it was excellent. We both had the steak frites - large portion of steak. I loved the simple ambiance. I would definitely recommend and definitely go back.

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o
Portland
50 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Disappointing. Pleasant enough staff but meal was a big disappointment. I was visiting a friend in the area so we thought it would be convenient for a meal before going out for a film. Simply put, a mistake.The place was clean with a pleasant ambiance , menu limited . meal was edible ( I was very hungry). Tasted like the cook had the cap of the salt shaker fall off when seasoning the food.

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CT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem this turned out to be. Great service, all meals were excellent. The burger was as good as advertised, which is saying a lot considering the hype. Only downside is they do not have a full liquor license. However, great beer and decent wine options.

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g
New York Area
164 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

low-key, friendly, lively, and warm. loved the food. will definitely return!

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D
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a neighborhood place all the way. Nothing fussy, but solid and relaxed. Service is easygoing, food is fresh and well-prepared.

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