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Cafe Pick Me Up

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East Village
Italian, American, Coffee Shop
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145 Avenue A, New York City, NY 10009-4949
+1 212-673-7231
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8:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating
Description: An East Village old-fashioned gem right across from Tompkins Square park...
An East Village old-fashioned gem right across from Tompkins Square park. It has a classic, homey feeling to it. Pick Me Up serves breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. We have authentic Italian fare and American.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Rustic Cafe, Very Slow Service

Pick Me Up cafe has that whole East Village, low key vintage style interiors going on. With tables on the pavement and an open airy space, it is a relaxing spot for brunch. However there were just two waitresses running around trying to serve everyone and make coffee and clear tables - to say that... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2014
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New York City, New York
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English first
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Went here for brunch with 2 friends. Two of us ordered waters and the other oj. Oj came out and it was watered down. We got our food and 2 of us were still waiting on water. I asked our waitress if we could get water as she was passing by. Wasn't sure if she heard us because I wasn't... More 

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PA
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

What a nice little restaurant with cozy tables and a great menu. Unfortunately the staff and food is not that great. Our waitress was not on top of things. It tooks us forever to get our waters. We even ordered and had our meals and still didn't have our drinks. The eggs were over cooked and the bagels and english... More 

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New York City, New York
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310 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Pick Me Up cafe has that whole East Village, low key vintage style interiors going on. With tables on the pavement and an open airy space, it is a relaxing spot for brunch. However there were just two waitresses running around trying to serve everyone and make coffee and clear tables - to say that people were sitting around waiting... More 

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Aarhus, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I left NYC two weeks ago after staying there with my family for a week. Almost every morning we had breakfast as Cafe Pick me Up. The staff is so nice and there's such a calm laid-back atmosphere at this place. Food-wise I've nothing to complain about either - I was able to adjust my dishes so I could have... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

The interior is nice with lots of little pockets to sit in and get absorbed in work/your book. The coffee was good but ask for extra shots so you can taste the coffee! Cabinet food we had (blueberry muffin and magic slice) were both great!

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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Nice place for breakfast in Eastvillage, great music of the 70th, good quality breakfast but for us bit too expensive for the quantity served. Personally looked forward to American pancakes but they are not on the menu.

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Princeton, New Jersey, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We stopped at the Cafe' as it looked very interesting on the decor point of view. We were three people and ordered very simple food: a tuna carpaccio plate, a mozzarella and tomato sandwich, which came with a salad, a apricot croissant, a iced caffe' latte and two iced teas. The beverages and the croissant came right away. For the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013 via mobile

Ordered breakfast for two with coffee. Took about 30 minutes with only five tables occupied. Coffee was cold. Nice location and ambience in area, service was terrible, food mediocre. Better choices abound in area

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Santiago, Chile
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120 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Great little place, overlooking Tompkins Square, in the midst of all the hip that is now the East Village... Great coffee and good, friendly service.. I ordered a Bellini and some eggs and they were great. The sun was entering through the windows, good music was playing, yes, it is groovy and cool and nice!

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

They use Lavazza and it blows anything else away, nice atmosphere and plenty of room to sit and not be crowded

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Additional Information about Cafe Pick Me Up

Address: 145 Avenue A, New York City, NY 10009-4949
Phone Number: +1 212-673-7231
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Italian, American, Coffee Shop

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 145 Avenue A, New York City, NY 10009-4949
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-673-7231

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Coffee Shop

Description

An East Village old-fashioned gem right across from Tompkins Square park. It has a classic, homey feeling to it. Pick Me Up serves breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. We have authentic Italian fare and American.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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