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Cafe Wha

115 Macdougal St, New York City, NY 10012-1202 (Greenwich Village)
212-254-3706
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Ranked #631 of 11,610 restaurants in New York City
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

My friend and I visited Cafe Wha week before last on a trip to NYC. Tucked away downstairs in Greenwich Village is a hip, historic and cool little restaurant bar called Cafe Wha. This was my second visit here and the house band was EXCELLENT both times. Service was great, food and drinks were good and reasonably priced! Great venue!... More

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Boston
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Visited NYC for the weekend and I was looking for something fun on Saturday night with my 19 y/o daughter. I heard Cafe Wha allowed under 21 so we gave it a try. We made reservations a few hours before the 9:30pm show and I'm glad we did because it ended up selling out. Comedian before the band was good... More

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London, United Kingdom
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51 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Stumbled across here by acciden with a couple of friends, we were able to have a look/listen before deciding if we wanted to part with our $15 cover charge. We decided to stay and had an excellent night. Great music with reasonably priced drinks. Service was good considering the number of people in the place (it was a Saturday night).

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Saint Martin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Surprise outing with family while visiting in New York and somewhere I heard the whispering, "jazz". Walking down the stairway into the somewhat cramped club, I also walked back a wee bit in time to some clubs I grew up with. OK, so not a polished look but that only added to the feel. The house band worked great together... More

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NYC
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

when you want great locals covering classic and contemporary RB music; plus reasonably priced beverages; and lots of history , this is the place to go

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macon, ga
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113 reviews 113 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Dropped in after the show at the Comedy Cellar. LOVED the band! Place was packed with folks from all over. Fun time.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Here's a place to be alive NYC style. It's a low ceiling, dingy basement with seats set up in booths around a small stage. The house band played all genres under the pop and rock sun, from Marley to nirvana. It is loud, and my ears are ringing almost 24 hours later. The house band isn't playing ever night, so... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

A live band playing good music and a very nice vibe down there, i will love to go again. I just had such a great time :)

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32 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Loved the band! Sunday is no cover and the music was great! Although the atmosphere is dark, cramped and uninviting, I will definitely be back for the great tunes! The food was simple bar food. In the future, I would eat first and enjoy the music after.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013 via mobile

we read some good stuff on this place about having great music and historic fame. The atmosphere was pretty weird though. Lots of tourists mixed with some dubious acting and looking locals. The much praised house band was actually pretty lame too.

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