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Max Cafe

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1262 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10027-5027
(212) 531-1210
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8:00 am - 12:30 am
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 12:30 am

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Awesome impromptu breakfast

We were staying at the aloft and trying to avoid their not so good breakfast, so we ventured over to Amsterdam and saw that this place was open. It has an awesome ambiance. The staff was very friendly and accomodating. The breakfast menu is quite limited, but the food was great. My huband and I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
US_vagabond
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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English first
New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This place has couches and chairs and pillows. The food is outstanding. Fresh ingredients, made well and priced for a student's budget. Large glasses of good house wine. Wooden tables. Private and communal at the same time. Outdoor seating. Columbia students stay here for hours writing and using computers. Lengthy visits are welcomed by Max Cafe staff. A very nice... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

We were staying at the aloft and trying to avoid their not so good breakfast, so we ventured over to Amsterdam and saw that this place was open. It has an awesome ambiance. The staff was very friendly and accomodating. The breakfast menu is quite limited, but the food was great. My huband and I shared the fruit and yogurt... More 

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Warwick, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Husband and I met my daughter on a saturday around 4:30pm. Atmosphere is casual with couches, comfy chairs and also some regular small tables. They have outside tables on the street also if the weather is nice. Food was very good and reasonably priced, as was the beer. A little high for coffee , tea and other beverages. The only... More 

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Steenokkerzeel
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

We had a surprising lunch there: super panini and bruscchetta and very tasty, healthy juice of the day. Service couldn't be better and atmosphere is so different from center NY!

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Stumbled upon Max Caffe for lunch, located in the heart of Columbia University. Nice and quaint cafe, serving excellent coffee and affordable food. We ordered a squash with peppercorn soup, octopus tapas and shrimp & chicken salad. Great tasting food and nice, cosy place to chill out. Free WiFi provided upon request.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

A good spot for a quick meal/snack near Columbia's campus. Seating is perfect for lounging/reading, not so much for eating. Enjoyed the berry lemonade.

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New York City, New York
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Finally, I have found my West Coast style cafe where I can order a coffee, get a desert or snack, and sit down and relax and study or work or read without anybody hassling me. And, I can do it at a table on a normal chair or I can lounge in one of the lounge areas on a couch.... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

After visiting Columbia University with my daughter we enjoyed a yummy late lunch at Max Caffe in Morningside Heights, NYC. The turkey with melted brie sandwich hit the spot! At $7.50, a terrific value

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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Offers a constantly changing menu and it's always good. Morning or afternoon fare, and though it's not advertised specifically as a brunch venue, the frittatas are first rate (salmon & goat cheese; spinach & artichoke), the cappucino terrific, the best coffee (in big ceramic mugs, tho no free seconds), and good dry bar wines. The ambience intimate--small oak tables looking... More 

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Melbourne Australia
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114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

This is a place that obviously attracts students from nearby Columbia and Barnard. Its got small tables and comfortable sofas and armchairs and the atmosphere is what the Germans call 'gemutlich'. A small selection of snacks will satisfy modest hunger and there are plenty of teas, coffees plus a bar selection including half a dozen wines by the glass and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1262 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10027-5027
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
  • Neighborhood: Manhattan
  • Phone Number: (212) 531-1210

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Monday
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Friday
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:30 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?