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Cafe Lalo

Certificate of Excellence
Upper West Side
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201 W 83rd St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10024-4931
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8:00 am - 2:00 am
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great place

A really fun place for great food. Although the place is pretty small, it's nice and cozy inside. I would recommend this place even more when it's not that busy inside.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Alon S
Fairfield, Connecticut
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A really fun place for great food. Although the place is pretty small, it's nice and cozy inside. I would recommend this place even more when it's not that busy inside.

Thank Alon S
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100 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best cheese cake in NYC , and i easly bet on that .. The location is cool and although it's crowded somehow and the tables next to each other but nice also ..

Thank abdullahFryan
New York
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came tonight with husband to complete a weeknight date. Not busy or crowded on a Tuesday evening around 7:30pm. Had the Chocolate Trip (A chocolate walnut truffle cake, resting on homemade mixed berrysauce, topped with French Vanilla ice cream and sprinkles of mixed nuts). Quite good. Charming atmosphere. Violinists playing in the background were good and amusing (played pop tunes... More 

Thank ali4t
Rome, Italy
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of those places that is wonderfully appealing from the outside and on first entering but quickly turns out to be a huge disappointment. I didn't know nor care that this cafè was in the film You've Got Mail, but afterwards was disappointed that it wasn't at all like it was in the film. It looks to be... More 

Thank kdp78_11
Tampa, Florida
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451 reviews
270 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the cafe from You've Got Mail & it has even more charm than the movie portrayed! Located in the Upper West Side alongside some beautiful brownstones this charming place features some absolutely decadent desserts. With seasonal favorites like pumpkin cheesecake, you will also find amazing fruit tarts, German chocolate cake and other cheesecakes. Save room for this gem!

Venice, Italy
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my friend and kids for a late night dessert treat. Great selection of delicious desserts, everything was delicious. Recommend the cheesecake and fruit tart.

Thank MJNM
Kissimmee, Florida
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

I must say the place is nice, I liked the decor and the desserts were aplenty. We had German chocolate cake snickers and pumpkin cheesecakes with fresh whipped cream and a large berry topped macaroon... All delicious. However the place is cramped there's barely any room between tables and chairs. The place was pretty packed and I was a bit... More 

Thank jperezmvp1
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208 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Cafe Lalo is an upper west side dessert place but not only. One dining room with special young atmosphere. Desserts are superb. I believe it is the temple of NYC cheesecake. Service is accurate, not sticky but accurate. What you find here, the melting pot of human types, is something special you do not find elsewhere. A think this is... More 

Thank SCaboto
Singapore, Singapore
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54 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

My husband's friends who are locals brought us here. Awesome selection, we had a hard time just narrowing it down to a slice each, before going back to order more.

Thank vancat7
New York City, New York
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60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Cafe Lalo is right around the corner from my friend's house — a disastrous location for two foodies with intense sweet teeth. My first visit to Cafe Lalo was in 2010. From then on, it took several visits before I overheard another diner pointing to my table and saying that I was sitting exactly where Meg Ryan had sat and... More 

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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: Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 am - 2:00 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
8:00 am - 4:00 am
9:00 am - 4:00 am

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  • 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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