Permanently Closed - Cafe of Love

4.7
990 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. #localtastesbetter Award-wining, Farm-To-Fork bistro where neighborhood farm ingredients go on a global adventure. Reserve your favorite table in the corner, the 8-seat round table, or cozy up to the marble-and-mahogany bar for seasonal cocktails, boutique wines from around the world, and our complimentary house made Sweet & Spicy Honest Chips. Take a vacation for the night--and leave your passport at home!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(914) 242-1002
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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
Leslie Lampert
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Private party facilities
The Cafe is available for private parties! Please call or email us info@oflovegroup.com
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Private party contact
Leslie Lampert, Jennifer Winters: (914) 242-1002
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Catering
Off-site catering is available; inquire about Love On The Run info@oflovegroup.com


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Neighborhood
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Cross street
So. Moger Avenue
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Parking details
Parking lot is located behind the Cafe with easy access to back of restaurant. Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Take Harlem line from Grand Central and get off at Mt. Kisco station. Walk across the street!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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N
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fabulous experience . Cusine is fresh and devine.

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MG
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have a very nice, relaxing Dinner with friends. We sat outside on a perfect night and had a great time.

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N
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience at Cafe of Love was nothing short of ideal. From the ambiance to the cusine , all aspects of this restaurant is superb. Highly recommended for intimate dinners, small gatherings with loved ones or a night out with friends. Bon appetit at Cafe of Love.

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N
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , great service and great atmosphere. Highly recommend the chickpeas for a starter. All their salads are fresh and large!

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KF
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Cafe of Love never ceases to amaze us!! We all loved our meals. The Chick peas are the best! Hangar steak and fish were excellent. Justin is the best bartender, EVER!

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JT
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Have eaten here many times. Recently has been good, our experience this last time was just ok. The service was not great and the food was just ok. It was a Saturday night so maybe the kitchen was busy. Soup came out not very hot, and the food not that hot either. Two people had the shrimp taco special which they said was very good. Flavors were mostly good, but service and quality of plating was not. Will go back again, as this seemed like an off night.

Also the AC does not work great . . .

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JT
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

They don't seem to have enough wait staff—this was also the case the last time we were there. And it took quite a while for anyone to bring us menus. But once things got going, we had a very nice time, and the food was scrumptious—truffled chick peas (we always get them for the table), pea and sorrel soup, beet/oranges/goat cheese salad, grown-up grilled cheese sandwich, and excellent bouillabaisee.

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SR
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Please be more attentive to your outdoor patrons. At least have cutlery out. ( Father’s Day)

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and loved the small plates. Yum!

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AG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Mother’s Day luncheon. Food, ambiance and service were superb, as always.

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CS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious as always! most lovely owner and helpful staff!

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LB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This used to be one of my favorite places to eat with unique delicious food and excellent warm and friendly service, but this year, Mother’s Day brunch was not as it was in years past. Service was just ok. Coffee took forever (twice), food was just ok and very small portions for brunch. Plastic piece in my food. Disappointed.

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KE
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nicely decorated interior, friendly staff and good food!

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great menu......great service

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B
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food as always is fresh and delicious. The portions were small for the prices you pay. Service was good!

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CO
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS FABULOUS ‼️❣️

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N
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great bistro for a brunch date. The decor is unique and fun (think French country meets DIY). Service is superb and cuisine is delightful . Get the truffle chickpeas , you will not be disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the menu, vibe and service at Cafe of Love. I can always find something delicious and healthy to eat--or more decadent as well. My favorite are the roasted chickpeas. No one does them like Cafe of Love.

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K
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite!

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MK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

This is the kind of neighborhood place I wish I could find, but I live in New York City. We made a quick stop off in Mount Kisco on our way back to town from a weekend away. Silly me I am always trying to find the chic spot along the highway where we can have a quick dinner, that's elegant. This one impressed me totally. We had the special pasta, and did I mention my husband is vegetarian...? He was happy, too. Thanks we will be back. - MJK

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

We met another couple for dinner last night after jo having dined here for quite a while. It was very crowded (a good thing for a restaurant!) which made it very loud.
All four of our meals were exceptional - fresh, interesting and great.
And then there was the service. Our waiter took forever to take our cocktail order and longer to get them to us. Okay, may have been because it was so busy with one bartender. But when our friend asked about the sides that came with her meat dish, he was curt, rude and started arguing with her. When her husband asked him not to speak to his wife that way, our waiter started arguing with him! At that point other waiters helped us, with the original one coming back only to take our coffee order and leave the check . Made the evening thoroughly unpleasant and was absolutely unnecessary.

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DR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Salmon was disappointing. Chicken excellent though a tad overpriced.

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BZ
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! From stepping into the warm, charming space to bring greeted by the friendly owner, Leslie, we couldn't have asked for a better experience. We got lucky enough to visit for the first time during restaurant week so it was a great value as well (but I'm happy to pay full price for my next visit, because the food was fantastic). The food is slight twists on classic dishes, all farm to table and oh my God the S'more dessert was insane. Can't wait to go back.

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SM
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We went to try this place during Restaurant Week. The menu choices were limited but we found appealing items. First courses-onion soup and kale caesar-were disappointing. Adequate but not special. Second courses-shrimp and grits and sangria steak-were good but the steak was overwhelmed by amount of fries and lack of green vegetable on plate. Desserts were also ok-probably larger portions than needed. Glad we tried food here but not special enough to return

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LF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I won’t with friends for Restaurant Week. We loved the name, and had been recommended to this place by other people, so we decided to go here. We had a wonderful experience. Our waiter was very nice and efficient, and the owner was very friendly, and came around and checked on us a few times. The food not only looks beautiful, but was delicious. We would definitely go back.

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HL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We went to Cafe of Love for two reasons — it was participating in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week and I wanted to experience it since my wife spoke pretty highly about her dinner experience with a friend there. So we went. Good location, compelling name. First impression the interior & wibes not quite a match with the name. Fairly noisy (probably just because of a larger, fairly loud party sitting next to us). Restaurant Week menu seemed inviting, my first course was ok but not great, my main course was tasty, my wife’s ok but not delicious. Dessert was good, and all in all our meal was overall pretty good. Good value for money, but in our experience not special.

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LN
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Place wasn't too full but the service was awful, had to flag down the waiter who was always looking down at his cell phone... Really... it's okay to check every so often but not to sit and stare down when your table needs you
Food was good but service made the overall experience bad, felt ignored , even had to wait for the check an uncomfortable amount of time.

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ST
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Disappointed on all levels, wait time, service, food and value. Will definitely not recommend.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We've been to CoL about a dozen times. We consider it a special spot. Love the ambiance and the food is always delicious. This time was a bit chaotic. It was Saturday night, restaurant week and St. Patricks day all rolled into one. The energy was through the roof and less than relaxing. The staff was highly charged and service a bit disjointed. We chose the food off the Restaurant Week menu. While we didn't walk away hungry, the portions were smaller than usual. We hope to try it again one day because we have fond memories, but we'll steer clear of any special events the next time.

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EL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Cafe of Love is our "go to" restaurant when we want a local, bit of a special/upscale meal.
It happened to be St. Patrick's Day at our most recent dining experience so, I think that might have been why I was not able to give all five stars. We had a 6:15 reservation and the gentleman who greeted us (don't think he was a host, not sure) was frazzled as there was only one table for two open at that time and it was at the entrance to the restaurant so we were not inclined to take that spot (nor did anyone else, so far as we could tell during our time there), so we sat at the Bar. This person did not seem particularly apologetic. He did say, again, unapologetically, that the available tables were 4 four. The lemon sorbet came in a cute faux cone but the description included mint and lavender and there was none. Details like these I know are important to the owner. That's why we keep coming back and are likely to again and again.

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S
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service as always. My favorite are the chickpeas! To die for!

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MI
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

As usual, our meals were outstanding in terms of both presentation and flavor. I began with the French onion soup which was easily one of the best I've ever tasted. My wife began with the Winter Greens Caesar Salad which is her new favorite. Her Sangria Hanger Steak entree was beyond compare, as was my Shrimp & Gumbo Grits. Topping off our evening were the Sorbet Martini for her and the Peppermint Cheesecake Mousse Martini for me. Only downside to the evening was a waiter who, although pleasant, was more than a bit inattentive. For example, he walked past our table at least six times after we'd obviously finished our entrees before finally stopping to ask what we'd like for dessert and then got my dessert order wrong. Not the level of service we're used to at one of our favorite area restaurants, but not enough to keep us from coming back - probably soon as my wife is afraid her wonderful salad might disappear with the soon to come Spring menu.

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SM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were definitely feeling the love! The food was amazing! Yummy gluten free and vegan options. The decor and atmosphere is beautiful. Cafe of Love is a gem.

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SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The HVRW event selections were not varied and did not showcase the best of the menu. The martini sorbet did not have any martini/sorbet. And the musIc was too loud and the selection was no appropriate.
Great service and the owner even came out to say hello - very welcoming place!

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NS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Drinks were delicious. I would have loved a second one, but was never asked. Food was GREAT! I had the Bronzino and would get it again. Would definitely go back.

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OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Keep coming back to this restaurant for occasions and just when a really good meal is in order. The food is consistently superior to others around and the ambience delightful, as is the service. The owner is always friendly and helpful ,making sure to say hello each time I am there. I highly recommend this for fine dining . It has become less noisy over the years, although not sure what prime time Saturday night would be like.

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l
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

A disappointing, disorganized, and distracted dining experience.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 5 friends and we sat around a beautiful table in the front window of the restaurant. Johany, our waiter, welcomed us and promptly took our drink orders. Great cocktails. My wife said she had the best negroni of her life.
Lesley, the owner of café of love, came over to our table and spend some time with us. She is really an amazing woman. Her vision and creativity make this restaurant so special. The menu items change seasonally, and the food is always wonderfully delicious.
Long story short: delightful evening out at the always sublime café of love.

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FA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe of Love never disappoints! The menu changes seasonally and has items to please everyone’s dietary choice or taste. Lunch time is a great time to catch up with friends over their famous Farmhouse Salad. Listen to specials because they are a nice add to a well-appointed menu. The chocolate pudding terrine and bread pudding are amazing finishers too.

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ID
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent experience at the Cafe of Love. We were very well greeted and the service was outstanding. The food was great and the overall ambience of the restaurant was superb. There certainly was love in the air as I proposed to the love of my life and I am so happy that she said yes. It was a most memorable moment and we were very happy to have created here at the Cafe of Love.

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