Cafe Medi

4.1
209 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Serving fresh, local, seasonal, vegetarian-friendly New Mediterranean & contemporary Italian dishes. The menu changes seasonally. Located at Hotel on Rivington, in the epicenter of the upcoming neighborhood of Lower East Side/NYC. Cozy heated/air-conditioned outdoor patio seating available.
Large groups welcome and perfect for private parties.

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4.1
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3.9
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4.5
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4.1
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Noise · Moderate
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AmyP
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful room - floor to ceiling mosaic tiles & candlelight. Wonderful food - get the branzino & cheesecake!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The place is so nice we really love the decoration. The food was so normal. It was so quiet and the tables were empty.

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vipNYCGUYLES
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Meal-Fun Time. Beautiful mosaic tile wall.
We had a great time, the food was good and the decor is outstanding.

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LuzN
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience5

The food wasn’t fresh I think they might changed the chef or it was the chef day off . I’ve been there before and the food tasted different.

Thank you

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JodiZ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Do not go to this restaurant! Although the food is good (despite serving undercooked chicken), there is nothing redeeming about this place. The service is abysmal. The waiter knowingly served a soda with crud on the top, excusing the crud because "the soda gun was dirty." Another server delivered 2 dishes of chicken over the shoulders of 2 of us, spilling the juice from the plates onto our coats and shoulders. When these things were brought to the attention of the waiter, he was defensive and rude. With so many restaurants to choose from in NYC, there is absolutely no reason to go to Cafe Medi. It is amateur hour there and the decent food does not make up for deplorable service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

staff were not busy enough so became bothersome when eating.

Food was tasty but nothing too fancy. Also our main meal food was lukewarm when served.

It’s a nice restaurant but we simply couldn’t relax due to staff constantly wandering close to our table, refilling glasses of water constantly and clearing our table when we hadn’t finished meals.

Once we advised the waiter we were finished and didn’t want desserts - they automatically went and got the bill. Felt like we were being rushed out the door.

The constantly moving of staff who had obviously little to do spoiled our evening as they hovered around our table.

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vipgoodfoodentertainment
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food good prices nice restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Very poor service by the waitstaff, even though it was not busy at all. Our cocktails took forever to come (one person’s drink didn’t come until we were almost done eating, despite informing the waiter). The manager was kind enough to comp the drinks when we told them.

Food was mostly good, although some of it came out cold (home fries).

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Loved this brunch. Beautiful restaurant

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TanU
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

One hour in, they'd taken our drink order 5 times across 2 different people, and we still never got served, so we had to walk out. (They weren't even busy at all - and we were the second table to walk out.) Our waiter was aggressive, rude, and seemingly very intoxicated.

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Carolineo
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food was very ordinary, chicken totally dry, salad ok but not special. Whole place felt flat.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Our dish came out and didn’t have any of the ingredients it said it did on the menu. They basically gave us brown rice with peas and corn, despite the fact that it was listen in the menu as having celery, radishes, beets, and some other things.
When we told the manager that it was as it was on the menu, he said they didn’t have the ingredients, and asked if we would like a round of drinks. When we said we don’t drink, he told us he would take it off of our bill and took the bowl off the table.
He did not ask if it was ok for him to take it or if we would like a replacement dish. We ended up sharing one plate of food between two people.
It was just a weird way for the manager to handle the situation.

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gref
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a great, open space. Food is prepared and presented beautifully, and the menu will appeal to vegetarians and carnivores alike.

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vipLovelylg
New York Area
144 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Not impressed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The service was horrible

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vipmoonchild981
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the first time with a group of friends to celebrate my birthday, everything was wonderful, we will definitely come back again to try other items on the menu!

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LizD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did a lot of research before choosing Cafe Medi for our Saturday night get together with friends. Was looking for great Mediterranean food, beautiful ambiance and most importantly a not too noisy restaurant. Found Cafe Medi in a Harper’s Bazaar online article about the best Mediterranean restaurants in NYC. It did not disappoint. The restaurant is as beautiful as it is depicted with gorgeous tile work and lighting. The menu is not extensive but everything we ordered was delicious. Appetizers included calamari, a lovely cauliflower dish and a platter with various items including hummus, olives, eggplant etc. For mains we ordered the roasted chicken and the Branzino fish. The portions were very generous. The chicken was tender and moist and the Branzino was cooked to perfection and served over a bed of roasted kale. The service was excellent. Our waitress was charming and very patient with us. Even the bartender came to our table to discuss the unusual drink our friend ordered. I rated noise level moderate because on a busier day, I would imagine the noise level would be much louder than the uniquely quiet evening we experienced. Despite it being a Saturday night, I think many people were out of town for August vacations. There were only a few other occupied tables that night which made it the perfect evening for us!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Went for breakfast on Sunday. Don’t bother. Go for brunch. Don’t know why they even serve breakfast since it felt we were a nuisance. the service was fair at best and the food was average at best. All the attention of the staff was directed at setting up for brunch. We were seated in a “Siberia” section. Entire experience was disappointing especially as I have been here before and really liked it.

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vipLariss
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall the experience was good. Food was okay, drinks were nice and strong.

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JHwa
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a bridal shower at this location. Staff was very kind and very accommodating. Would definitely recommend here for hosting an event.

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vipViridiana
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend everyone to go to Cafe Medi! The service was one of the best I have had in NYC for a very long time. I had originally made the reservation for 12 people and they happily accommodated for 25 . The service we each received from multiple people made for a joyful group dinner. Not only was the service GREAT! so was the food, we got a great pre-set menu with options for all foodies! THANK YOU Cafe Medi and your team for a very lovely dinner time!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Chic interiors. Good food. But service isn't great. They don't know how to pour water, which i think is the most important first impression point although overlooked most of the time. Then we find out that they don't do their dishes well as they gave us a fork with cheese or some leftover food stuck on it. They also don't understand english very well, which is a downside. Online it said they cater for vegetarians and vegans but i didn't see many vegetarian items besides salad. The full menu itself was pretty short. Food was good but probably wouldn't come back.

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DeidraM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Came here for a friends birthday brunch and it was great! The ambiance was amazing as you can see from the pictures of the place but in person and when it’s sunny out, it’s goes to a different level :) The staff was nice but towards the end of our meal, we felt rushed out even though there were not many people there and lots of empty tables. We only stayed for an hour and 15 minutes tops so I’m not sure what that was about. Other than that we had a great time and the birthday loved it.

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vipJESSICAA
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch! Hidden gem with a skylight in the back. Got the croque and it was out of this world! Will definitely go back. Very affordable!

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JocelynA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Had a large party reservation and the restaurant seemed very understaffed for breakfast, so service was relatively slow even though only 15-20 people total were dining in entire restaurant. Half the table ordered eggs benedict and all eggs were over cooked (poached eggs are typically running and these were hard). Otherwise a good ambiance and people were nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant is very cute and the food was good at a good price.
My group of friends aren’t the easiest bunch but the server handled us with care and a lot of patience.

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Momo
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very bad service and not worth to pay for it. You may try if u have too much money

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JenO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Overall, experience was good. The food wasn't as good as I'd hoped but I think fairly priced. Cocktails were just okay, a bit pricey for the quality. However, restaurant is beautiful and service was good.

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Ange
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a delicious brunch at Cafe Medi. We had hoped to be sitting in the back room with the skylight/mural, but we were adjacent to it and that was still nice. The avocado toast was one of the tastiest I've had in NYC, and everyone on the table enjoyed their choice. Felt really nice and roomy, not too loud. Worth making the trip to the LES.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The place is so beautiful! A perfect place to catch up with the ladies for brunch and take photos - however if you’re looking for a place with actually delicious food for a good price, this isn’t the place. I came hungry and definitely still left hungry. The french toast was literally one slice. And they aren’t too big on the coffee either, I ordered a watered down iced coffee that was served in a water glass.

Cute for the instagram but not worth the price for the food.

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vipArtK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Quick efficient service even for such a large party. Light bright space and very nice brunch menu.

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vipStephenF
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Recommend the Sunday morning brunch. We went on a Sunday morning in April. Not too crowded. Very good food. Enjoyed the French toast, the Huevos Rancheros and the Greek Parfait. Very pleasant and leisurely...not so good if you are in a rush, which we were not. Service was solid but not exceptional.
Would go back under similar circumstances.

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MedhiG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Horribly unprofessional waitstaff and hostess that made visible eye-rolls and sighing when we asked to have seats that accommodated our party of 6 (with 2 kids). They claimed they couldn't seat us in a table because it was reserved for the brunch crowd two hours later.

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vipjuju
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Food and service were great!
Loved the scallops and the hummus. The chicken under a brick was also excellent.
We will be back.

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UmbertoG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very nice place in the east side of manhattan, furnitures are pretty nice, the very tall wall covered with ceramic tiles make the place unique and suggestive. I’m in love with the deco chandeliers, lovely place. Food is good and service is fine. Overall it was a nice experience, perfect for an informal date. :)

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SydneyA
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was incredible. Highly recommend the sweet pea risotto and the chicken under a brick

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience. The food was amazing (I highly suggest the huevos rancheros!!) such great natural light and cute aesthetic!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I would recommend for large group parties. It's a very open atmosphere but very noisy because everything echos. The bottomless option for brunch does NOT include bloody mary's which I thought was lame. The food was ok. I've had better though. The serving staff was a little below avg too. I wouldn't come back to be honest.

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AmyL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

beautiful space, friendly service, very good food-acoustics were awful and large parties of bottomless brunches made it very hard to enjoy. Extremely disruptive noise.

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Brit
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Took nearly an hour for our food to come out. We finally had to ask and then suddenly everything (including our apps) came out all at once. Food was over salted and over cooked. Disappointing portions and quality given the prices. Everyone’s cocktails were gross and the wine was meh.

Check was even worse. There were only two tables and we had to wave at our server several times to get her attention (she was on her phone in the back corner of the restaurant).

Wouldn’t come back here. Disappointing because the decor is super cute, convenient location, and Mediterranean food usually is a safe bet for friends with food restrictions.

FAQs

Cafe Medi offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 796-8040.

Cafe Medi is rated 4.1 stars by 209 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.