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Yaffa Cafe

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97 Saint Marks Pl, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10009-5111
212-674-9302
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations

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  • 34
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Brunch, Dinner, any time, actually

The Tofu salad with Ginger Carrot Dressing is one of my favorite things at this place. A bit worn and crowded inside- I recommend sitting in the back outdoors. Don't forget to ask for the free branded condo when you pay!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2015
Alice W
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The Tofu salad with Ginger Carrot Dressing is one of my favorite things at this place. A bit worn and crowded inside- I recommend sitting in the back outdoors. Don't forget to ask for the free branded condo when you pay!

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Tiong Bahru, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

For me it was reallly good! the food, service (albeit a little slow cause of the weekend crowd) and ambience was good! Affordable and yummy! Definitely will come back when I'm in new york city!

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This was a fun and tasty, child friendly restaurant. I love the decor of this restaurant, kind of like your funky grandma meets a 70's inspired thrift shop. The back garden is also lovely - too bad they allow people to smoke. The waiter was great and the food was really good. We had: The Mediterranean Platter (hummus, babaganoush, chick... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

you walk in and woohooo you are in a different time/space zone! the interior is flashy and packed with kitsch - i love it. it is comfortable and the staff is always super nice ( everyone from waiters to busboys) and i have been coming here for years. the food is also constantly good (i love the salads) and the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Yaffa Cafe is a good place to grab a steamed milk and late-night meal or coffee and post-event dessert. I've been frequenting Yaffa since college in the 90's -- its fun, kitschy decor (think Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and good comfort food keep me coming back. It also has a good-sized outdoor patio in the back if the indoors... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I have been coming here since college in the '90s and am thrilled that in an area riddled with so much change, the East Village, the food and decor have stayed exactly the same. I always get the avocado salad with carrot dressing (it is so good, I have been trying to reverse-engineer it for years and I know other... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Stopped in and was greeted by hostess who was polite and friendly. Service from waiter, Gavin, who explained the food and recommended plates. Very professional and friendly. Ordered calamari as appetizer and it was delicious. Ordered the salmon and it was good. The Tiramasu I ordered for dessert was ok. The place is small and there is an outdoor eating... More 

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Bronx, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I went there 2 weeks ago with some friends. There were 4 of us and we decided to sit outside. We waited about 15 min and no one came out to take our order. I had to go inside to remind them we were out here. Then the waitress took our orders and it took another 20 minutes for the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This restaurant I been going to since the 90's and the food is exactly the same and the fact that they are 24 hours just makes it even more awesome! Amazing atmosphere with laid back environment with funky colors and upholstery throughout the place. They have an amazing garden in the back to enjoy outside dining and is awesome t... More 

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santa rosa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Excellent service, good food for such a reasonable price. Sat outside, enjoyed watching the coming and going of folks while we sipped on our "happy hour" wine. Had lamb meatball appetizers, potato leek soup and chicken wrap. Those were all very good. My sister had the feta salad which she felt had too many greens...she would have preferred more feta... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 97 Saint Marks Pl, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10009-5111
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: 212-674-9302

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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