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Cafe Wha

#1,263 of 11,289 Restaurants in New York City
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Greenwich Village
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115 Macdougal St, New York City, NY 10012-1202
212-254-3706
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Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 55
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    Very good
  • 9
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  • 4
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Special and memorable Cafe with good food and shows

This is a very special Cafe. It is not just a good Cafe with special food. It always offers good shows and you enjoy your time there. You will always return again and again.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2015
Eti L
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Haifa, Israel
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Haifa, Israel
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This is a very special Cafe. It is not just a good Cafe with special food. It always offers good shows and you enjoy your time there. You will always return again and again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

We were recommended this venue by friends in London and are so glad we took them up on their recommendation! Tasty, generous portions, efficient and friendly staff but the best thing... the house band! They had us up and dancing on a few occasions! Such a cool NYC evening courtesy of the Cafe Wha? house band - thank you!

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Rangamati, Bangladesh
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

While avoiding places with too many tourists when travelling we could not resist visiting cafe Wha? and didn't regret it for a bit. They have house band playing few days a week playing good music and engaging with the audience. Other days they do jams with guests and that's when you feel welcomed in NYC the most. Their burgers are... More 

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Lemont, Illinois
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96 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We went hear because of the musical history in Greenwich Village. Wasn't sure what to expect. It was one of the best nights ever.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The place is quite small and the tables are quite squizzed, but the music is outstanding. From the musicians to the playlist, the show was fantastic. The food is nice for a NY bar standards. It is worth the visit for sure.

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Essex,England
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Last night of our weekend in NewYork we spent enjoying the house band on a Sunday night! We booked a table and we're say right at the front .. Service excellent and drinks continued to flow We didn't eat so I can't comment on that however the band was simply amazing I had everybody up dancing and I didn't want... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The waiter did a good job keeping the drinks coming. (Pricy drinks). Funktion 11 did a great job with the music and atmosphere. Would absolutely go there again!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Scrolling through these reviews; something doesn't quite add up. Wave after wave of 5 star ratings are met with isolated damning accounts of poor service, and cheesy music. Disappointingly, I'm going to have to side with the non-believers. Didn't eat, so can't comment. Drinks were fine - service was ok, given that it was quite busy. Music is what sorely... More 

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Pavia, Italy
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

Nice place, good music (not for talking, but if you just like enjoy the music). However: 1. when you arrive they just tell you that you ll be charged 10$ for the entrance, not that you will have to take at least 2 drinks (it is written on a chart which is put only on some table) 2. On the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I would give Café Wha 20 stars if I could. It is a great place to have some drinks and hear live music. On weekends and on Thursday they charge a small cover charge 5-15 Dollars. I am not sure about Monday and Tuesday. They have a fantastic live band. The band is quite incredible. The only bar that can... More 

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Address: 115 Macdougal St, New York City, NY 10012-1202
Phone Number: 212-254-3706
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Greenwich Village

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  • Address: 115 Macdougal St, New York City, NY 10012-1202
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Greenwich Village
  • Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
  • Phone Number: 212-254-3706

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

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