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Cafe Select

4.7
246 Reviews
$30 and under
Swiss
“Cafe Select is a bistro style European restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with Swiss specialties ranging from our signature Swiss Bratwurst with Roesti to our veal Schnitzel. We also serve our classics such as our Burger, Hanger steak as well as Risotto and a variety of salads. In the winter months we serve Fondue and Raclette.

We also have a Apre Ski Fondue Chalet in our back room.
If you would like Fondue or Raclette in our Chalet please make a reservation at “Apres Ski Fondue Chalet at Café Select”. “
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Xtina
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favourite spot - the escargot and zurich veal are my top dishes

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorite places in the city! The ambiance is very welcoming and charming. Amazing cocktails, excellent food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Good food however overpriced and we had to wait 20 minutes in the cold for our table (we had a reservation). We placed our order as soon as we were seated but our food took forever to come out and then when we were ordering dessert they told us we had to leave within 10 minutes to honor the next reservation. It was very annoying and outweighed the fact that the food was good.

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MRios
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

They were out of two main items that rendered several items on the menu not possible for ordering, therefore substantially shrinking the menu options.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music was outstanding, and food was even better

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vipAARON
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Love this place

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JeeyoonR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a birthday party of 6 people in the cozy outdoor sidewalk chalet during the beginning of the snowstorm. It's isolated just for our table so it felt safe. Felt like being in a little chalet in Switzerland. An out of town experience without the hassle of traveling.

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MariaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their service, their food, their raclette, fondues are fun for groups, the lobster bisque is delicious, everything on the menu is outstanding!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Seems to have gone downhill. Waiter was standoffish and rude (for no reason- we were pleasant to him and ordered wine, an app, and mains). Food was still good, but not as good as it used to be. Prices seem to have increased somewhat significantly for some items.

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DurrantS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chill environment, really good food and wine!

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vipElle852
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

It was so loud in there we couldn’t hear each other - and more people seemed annoyed about that, too. Staff are super rude. Fondue used to be so much better a few years ago. Won’t go back again.

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VanessaD
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I was charged $6 extra to add grilled shrimp to my salad and I was given four (4) grilled shrimps. So over a dollar each which seemed kind of ridiculous.

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ClaudiaA
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I made a reservation for three people and asked for a Raclette table, which they didn't give us... They had bigger tables but gave us one in which we felt uncomfortable because we were packed against the table next to us. Raclette was only cheese and one potato, no charcuterie as you would get in other places, so not te experience I was hoping for.

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Judith
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Quite rude service since our waitress lacked simple manners and pressured us to tip her when the bill came. Great food though...

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SophieA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Service nul voir inexistant! On se faisait un plaisir d’y retourner en famille . Je pense que le restaurant est devenu un tiroir-caisses!!!!!

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SeasonalF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Possibly the worst service I’ve experienced in NYC. We were prepared to leave very politely with no problems when the hostess finally gave us a table that could properly seat us. Our server took 25 minutes to come to our table. It took 20 minutes to get a margarita and we were rushed out as soon as our food was finished.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The service was awful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t recall his name bald waiter was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Outstanding ambiance but the food could be much better.

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David49
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked a place at the restaurant because of a recommandation. We come from Switzerland and we thought it would be nice to discover a Swiss themed restaurant. We come often to New York and we have never gotten such a lousy service. The waiters were rude, impatient, irrespecutful and literally made us feel like we were disturbing them each time we wanted to ask a question, or order something. We just wanted it to be over. Obviously we’ll never go back, nor will we send anyone there.

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SabrinaJ
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service surprised us with Prosecco to celebrate our anniversary. Very sweet

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always

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vipAlanM
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Met a friend and former colleague for lunch.
Relatively quiet and easy to have a conversation.
Service was fair, attentive enough, but could be better , but not friendly, they seemed to be doing us a favor by waiting on us.
However I ordered the Croque Monsieur and it was ridiculously skimpy for $17. The bread was squat and small, and one very thin slice of ham and one of cheese. The outside was spread with the bechamel sauce ( look d more like mayo) after the sandwich was pressed, so you could not eat it as a sandwich. That’s not my beef, my issue was barely anything to eat! It tasted OK but it was a VERY POOR value. Companion had the wedge salad, looked nice, and a decent size , but again way overpriced for what it was, and the restaurant overall.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience3

We waited for over an hour for our food. We were not provided receipts on payment with card and once we left we found out we had been over charged by $200. The staff were extremely rude when we came back to get the refund for the $200 and were unable to provide any receipts or information on what amount had been charged to which card.

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StefanieK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Café is super nice and if you miss Switzerland, they will make you happy with there amazing choice of traditional swiss meals.

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vipFoodie
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a NoLITA gem! Unpretentious and inviting, the atmosphere is warm and quaint. The food was fantastic!!! My date and I had to try each other’s dishes and they were one better than the other! The Lobster Bisque is fabulous...buttery and huge chunks of lobster. The Octopus Salad was equally good-the fennel totally makes this dish! I had the branzino and my date had this awesome veal with spatzel (spelling?) dish. All amazing. Great wine list and cocktails too! Go!!!

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Laura
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great place for breakfast, lunch, cocktails. Sometimes it's a bit loud but the food is good and the atmosphere is fun.

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LisaS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went there for the cheese fondue. Spent a good deal of time planning our choices around the fondue only to find out that they had stopped it the day before as they don't do it in the summer. Only wished I known upon arrival so we didn't waste so much time.

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ywny
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good environment, the services could be a little quicker, but overall, a good experience.

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CJCL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fondue is fantastic. Love this place. Have been coming here for years.

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AmelieInNYC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice food, we had the plate and meat platter and the lobster and octopus salad that we shared, it was really good

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vipChez
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Good food, very disinterested service. Much better on weekdays or early week evenings.

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vipChez
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Pretty loud at night and cramped but good food, nice ambiance, and a consistent go-to. I wouldn’t travel to eat here but it’s my favorite current neighborhood place.

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vipBLE141
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience5

Cute and cozy place; mediocre food.

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vipdoktorious
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great scene. Lots of beautiful young people that my parents enjoyed being surrounded by. Food is very good. A little expensive, but all in all a really fun experience. Solid recommend for a night out with friends. Veal Schnitzel is a must.

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DanG
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Solid food, service a little slow, decent ambiance but nothing special. Definitely a good everyday option in the neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Always love the rosti. The rosti that came with the salmon was very salty.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The hostess was very rude. We had clearly told her to bring us non-alcoholic cheese fondue and instructed her about not having fruit, but it still came. And when we talked to her, she said “you didn’t eat it anyways”. Also even after making a mistake, she charged us, and the bill came down to 65$

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vipChez
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, good service. Tables ready tiny and very close together. Hard for a more relaxed meal. But good neighborhood place. Lobster salad is amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots in nyc!! Not overrated whatsoever, this food reminds me so much of my Swiss family and home cooked meals. Will continue to go back!

FAQs

Cafe Select offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 925-9322.

Cafe Select is rated 4.7 stars by 246 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.