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Cafe Wha

#1,961 of 11,539 Restaurants in New York City
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115 Macdougal St, New York City, NY 10012-1202
212-254-3706
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Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fun place by NYU

Good place to kick around in the village. Food is pretty good and they have a decent drink selection. It's perfect for when visiting by NYU as the entire street has pretty good options

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good place to kick around in the village. Food is pretty good and they have a decent drink selection. It's perfect for when visiting by NYU as the entire street has pretty good options

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Weston, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We recently attended a music event here and made the mistake of eating while we were there. I had a burger and fries. My standard is Wendy's. I think the food should be at least as good as Wendy's, especially since it cost three times as much. I was very disappointed. I would have been better fed had I eaten... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you like live music while having a drink, you should go here! Great place, with lovely atmosphere! Open mic too, so you can also listen to artists-to-be musicians and/or singers.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very crowded, full of people from all around the world - great live band and awesome atmosphere! I will recommend you to avoid the cocktails, the ones we got where really not tasting good at all, and in addition lukewarm :-/ not good service from the waiter either, but the ambiance made up for it!! I will definitely go back... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Cafe Wha on the 12/30/15 to see the Stevie Wonder tribute show which was very good even though it only lasted 1 hour and then the band moved on to another venue which was disappointing as the show was so short. The house band began to set up and we decided to stay a little longer until we... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

I wish I didn't have to write this as the atmosphere of this place is actually great but unfortunately they don't do a good enough job in hiring their staff. I went there with my girlfriend last week, had a wonderful time, dancing, drinking, and just enjoying ourselves on our 2 week break from school. Our waiter was Mike. He... More 

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Hudson, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We were fortunate to be given the advice to visit the Cafe Wha for live entertainment. The band was amazing. All very talented and a great repertoire of music, spans all genre's

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Despite being amongst the oldest there (!) was made to feel very welcome. Great music great staff and great burgers. Well worth the 12$ per person music charge. Fantastic atmosphere ~ would go back again.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Brilliant night. Food was pub grub, burgers ect but were very tasty. We mainly went for the live music.....and were not disappointed. The in house band were stunning amazing, they could play well and they could all sing great too. The Cafe Wha had a great vibe!! Even although it was dark and small in size, the sound people have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Small crowded space, food is delicious if you don`t mind eating in a crowded place. Music was great, comedian was great and band was awesome

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Restaurant Details

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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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