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cafeteria

#1,301 of 11,437 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
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Chelsea
American, Cafe, Diner
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119 7th Avenue New York, New York City, NY 10010 (Between 17th and 18th Streets)
1 train to 18th Street, and A, C, E, F, L, 2 & 3 trains to 14th Street
212.414.1717
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Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: CAFETERIA offer's a nostalgically familiar, yet cutting edge twist on...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Ask for a seat downstairs

My boyfriend took me here before hitting the clubs. Strong drinks, really good Caesar salad. We sat at a table downstairs. Decent environment, our server was great.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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New York, New York, United States
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I come back to this place always when I can. Excellent service always open and amazing food. I recommend this place to all my friends. It is comfort food 24/7 so you cant miss here everyone will find something they like. tried everything its all good. Personal favourite steak and eggs with champagne :)

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

After arriving to the city at about 2 AM, some friends and I were looking for a place to get a couple of drinks and something to eat. We went to cafeteria since it was a few blocks away from where we were staying. There was a line to get in, but we didn't wait long. It was busy, but... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This restaurand is great for Brunch,the best Poach Eggs! also a place to go for the "Sex in the City" fans!

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I am glad there are so many new restaurants and Cafeteria is no longer the Trendy hot spot it was! You can get a table without waiting forever. I believe they started the whole Mac and Cheese craze, and maybe the truffled fries craze, too. I never get tired of their food, and visit every chance I get. Usually I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Stopped here for a lunch date with my husband. We had a lovely meal. It was served quickly. The staff was kind but not overly talkative (which I think is a good thing). Our water glasses were never empty. Prices were VERY reasonable for great food. Would highly recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My boyfriend took me here before hitting the clubs. Strong drinks, really good Caesar salad. We sat at a table downstairs. Decent environment, our server was great.

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Amityville, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This informal, yet classy restaurant provides the diner with several options to choose from, at a great price. My friend and I ate outside, and enjoyed the various interesting people passing by. We both chose chicken and waffles, and was not disappointed. The waffles were soft, the chicken crispy and yummy. The macaroni and cheese rivaled any southern chef within... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We were in New York City for a family vacation with our two sons (ages 17 and 21) in August 2015. We toured the Chelsea area one day and stopped here for a late lunch. What a great place to eat! The food was really good. The waiters were friendly. The prices were very good. The ambience was fun. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Cafeteria is a nice restaurant located in Chelsea, if you are looking for a great brunch spot with fantasic food look no further. Be sure to make a reservation. We waited for 25 minutes, but its consistently packed with tourist and locals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We have been going to Cafeteria a few times a year for about 8 years. Our latest visit was for my 40th birthday. We had a blast. The food is excellent. Chicken and waffles, skirt steak, truffle fries, little weenies(you know pigs in a blanket) lol. We have not been disappointed. They are consistently AWESOME! The drinks are great too.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 119 7th Avenue New York, New York City, NY 10010
    (Between 17th and 18th Streets)
  • Public Transportation: 1 train to 18th Street, and A, C, E, F, L, 2 & 3 trains to 14th Street
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Chelsea
  • Neighborhood: Chelsea
  • Phone Number: 212.414.1717

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

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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