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Cafe Lalo

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Upper West Side
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201 W 83rd St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10024-4931
212-496-6031
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8:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 am
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 155
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  • 146
    Very good
  • 43
    Average
  • 21
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  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
More hectic than romantic!

Cafe Lalo is special and a great finish for date night. But just know that despite the twinkle lights and coffee house allure, its popularity (i.e. crowds & noise) makes it more hectic than romantic. The desserts are awesome & creative, and the waitstaff is friendly....well, for NYC! Cafe Lalo... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
MarkFromATL
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Monroe, NC, United States
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
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Hong Kong, China
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

I had been here probably 9 years back and had found the food to be much better. This time, however, I did not appreciate the food much. The coffee was not very hot and strong and the Danish and breakfast pack that we took were also average. The decor is very nice however.

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Monroe, NC, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Cafe Lalo is special and a great finish for date night. But just know that despite the twinkle lights and coffee house allure, its popularity (i.e. crowds & noise) makes it more hectic than romantic. The desserts are awesome & creative, and the waitstaff is friendly....well, for NYC! Cafe Lalo is one of the treasures of the West Side. Open... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I was hoping to find a little piece of heaven, but I was very disappointed. There were three tables with people seated when we arrived. Service was terrible. I was there with my two kids. We were there for about 15mins before anyone even acknowledged us. We ordered two ginger-ales, a fruit smoothy, a piece of cake and an order... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Nice place for short stop after walk in the Riverside Park or sightseeing the Upper West Side. You maybe won't be able to decide which cake to taste as there is so huge choice! The place has its own interesting style. Recommended for the fans of You've got mail movie with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. The staff is really... More 

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We stopped in because of wanting to see where Shopgirl got stood up by NY152, as everyone does, but the food was really great! The server was sweet and attentive, the food was priced well and in large portions (far too much for me to finish!) Even without the movie connotation, I would find this to be a lovely gem... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Nice Parisien style cafe. Famous with the old movie classic from Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Cafe itsels is much better than the movie scene. Perfect breakfast menu and deserts. I would like to go again and again. Must visit in Manhattan.

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Orange County, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Everyone goes here after they watch "You've Got Mail" but guess what? The food is actually awesome. The staff is beyond friendly, the atmosphere exactly what you want it to be - yes, everyone there is a tourist...but so are you, so just let yourself enjoy a window seat and a lovely brunch.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Simple yet delicious desserts pleasing to the eyes but more to the mouth. We tried the tiramisu and Apple crumble cheesecake and it was just ordinary. But for one who wishes a good ambience for after dinner desserts and late night chill without alcohol, this is the cozy place to be.

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New York City, New York
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The place itself is charming and welcoming. The people were very friendly and kind and all was supervised closely. As soon as you enter you will see all the desserts being shown and it was a hard time for all of us trying to decide what to get. The brunch was a decent size and the fries were perfect! The... More 

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Cortez, Colorado
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Had breakfast here one morning (I admit it...had to see it because of 'Youve Got Mail), it was so good, and such a cute place that we went back another night for one of the incredible desserts from the two pastry cases...ended up having to get in line for take out because at 7-8 the line for a table was... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe Lalo

Address: 201 W 83rd St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10024-4931
Phone Number: 212-496-6031
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 am
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 am
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Cafe

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 201 W 83rd St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10024-4931
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: 212-496-6031

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
8:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 4:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theater performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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