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., New York City, NY 10011 (Chelsea)
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Ranked #1,592 of 11,648 restaurants in New York City
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Price range: $10 - $40
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 11:45 pm
Cuisines: American, Coffee Shop, Diner, Californian
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Chelsea
Cross street: Between 17th and 18th Streets
Transit: 1 train to 18th Street, and A, C, E, F, L, 2 & 3 trains to 14th Street
Description: CAFETERIA offer's a nostalgically familiar, yet cutting edge twist on American comfort cuisine. With our expertise in food, fashion and music, we assure that all of your senses will be satisfied! We invite you to experience our famous signature dishes like the Meatloaf, Fried Chicken and Waffles, our world renowned Mac and Cheese, Mac Attack, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and more. Our hand crafted seasonal and organic cocktails are second to none; including everything from the Aloe Citrus Martini, to carafes of Cactus Pear Champagne Mojitos. Open for you around the clock, CAFETERIA is where anyone and everyone flock for Breakfast served until 5 PM, decadent Brunches, Blue Plate Specials, addictive Desserts and Late Night cravings. The outdoor cafe is a must in the warmer months and our Lounge is the perfect setting for any event. Join us for a taste of affordable luxury that can be enjoyed with family and friends.
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72% Recommend
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Everybody was super nice and the food was awesome!. Great chicken and waffles. Love the decor and the staff is very stylish..... Thanks again for helping making our visit fantastic!

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I ate lunch here with my family. It was very popular on a Sunday afternoon and we had to wait 15 minutes outside, but they quickly got us. The food was what I guess is called "comfort food" and overall it was pretty good, but the portions were gigantic. Probably the best item was the mac & cheese. I had... More

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Tupelo, MS
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121 reviews 121 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Open 24 hours -- name can be deceiving you order off of menu-- and food is top notch--- got appetizer of Mac Attack-- a sample of all 3 Mac n cheeses-- Lamb burger-- chicken and waffles and chicken sandwich --- this was our favorite meal of our 11 day visit

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80 reviews 80 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Visited during a recent visit to NYC. Serving staff was very friendly. Many of the options on the menu were not available. There were no biscuits available either. My meal was tasty but service could have been quicker.

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

My husband I sat down at the outside patio that had an open entrance. The waiter came after several minutes and asked if we were planning to eat there. He was huffy and said we ought to have gone in through a glass entrance, that looked like a window rather than sit ourselves we ought to have let them know... More

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New York City, New York
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101 reviews 101 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

So, I’ve lived in NYC for 8 years now, and one of the most magical things about living in NYC, is the 24-hour dining experience. Yeah, that’s where my standards are at. When I moved here, I was quickly introduced to Cafeteria in Chelsea. I’ve been going for years and always have a great experience. For the past 15 years, they’ve... More

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Trinidad and Tobago
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My bf and I decided to visit cafeteria at 1am one morning and even though the place got great reviews were cautiously optimistic since we had been to several restaurants with great reviews that turned out to be a disappointment. Two thumbs up to whomever owns this place and manages the kitchen staff and the servers out front. WOW! Amazing... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My girlfriend took me here with another friend and we ordered everything. The food was amazing!! anything mac and cheese was to die for especially the spring rolls, very dangerous. Nice comfort food and atmosphere is great. Same owners as Delicatessen FYI.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Stopped by for a late lunch. Service was pretty slow but the staff was very friendly. Food was pretty good and the location is nice. The fried oreos are amazing!

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60 reviews 60 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I went here for the first time with a couple of friends. We were seated right away even though the place looked packed. We sat inside at a booth and I was surprised at the acoustics of the place - really loud. However, the food was amazing. And, the portions were really filling. Especially the giant size calamari "appetizer". Absolutely... More

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