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12 Chairs

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Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Russian, Israeli
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56 Macdougal St, New York City, NY 10012
(212) 254-8640
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8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
A hidden gem off the main walk in Soho

It may be small but it does have more than 12 chairs (may 24). This small restaurant locate din Soho is ideal for small groups (up to 6/8) and couples and it offers a great range of local NYC food. It is a little off the main track but worth the walk. The service is excellent and friendly and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It may be small but it does have more than 12 chairs (may 24). This small restaurant locate din Soho is ideal for small groups (up to 6/8) and couples and it offers a great range of local NYC food. It is a little off the main track but worth the walk. The service is excellent and friendly and the... More 

Thank Dobbo123
New York City, New York
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225 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

This is a casual cafe with an extensive Mediterranean menu with an emphasis on Israeli foods. One of our party had the Israeli breakfast which she loved. Another had potato pierogi. I had a very creamy, nutty hummus with a veggie sandwich. The baba ganoush is tasty too. This is not trendy nor chic nor fine dining, just simple good... More 

Thank seanworc
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Came across this lovely little place by chance while out shopping in NYC! Such a warm and welcoming place with an interesting and well cooked choice of food. Would highly recommend.

Thank fran h
Hershey, Pennsylvania
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

A friend and I saw this on Yelp while visiting the city. It got great reviews and we decided to try it. It's a small, casual place. We went at 3pm on a Saturday. Had to wait about 25 minutes but was worth it. Atmosphere cozy and warm. Service was fast. We split several small plates - Israeli salad, pita... More 

Thank Shannon B
Stamford, Connecticut
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I went to the see a show at the Prayers theater on MacDougall street. We love Russian restaurants. The internet claimed 12 chairs was a Russian restaurant. Located on MacDougal street was a big bonus. So we decided to have dinner there for the show. Well..... The only thing Russian about it was a street sign with... More 

Thank tgw1208
Columbus, Ohio
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80 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

The hotel staff recommended this delightful place the last time we visited New York. It was definitely worth visiting again. This restaurant is small but the food is unbelievable. The hummus is probably one of my very favorites in the world. The bread is just so soft and seems to melt in your mouth. The lamb hamburger is served on... More 

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Glarus, Switzerland
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35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

Was just passing the place and dropped in. Had the best shakshuka outside of israel. Amazing plaze in Brooklyn for brunch at any time of day.

Thank brunomarti
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

The best lunch in NY. Home fries are to die for. The chicken pockets with mushrooms very good. It is no frills food but very honest home cooking at it best. Service is very helpful. Love it and will be back for sure.

Thank Barbara F
Wayne, New Jersey
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67 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

A bit of traffic left us with less than an hour to eat before our show at the SOHO Playhouse. After parking across the street from the theater, we walked around the corner to find a restaurant. We found this great little place with plenty of menu choices to satisfy three of us.We started with wine and beer. Then we... More 

Thank Steven L
cleveland, oh
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Upon the recommendation of our local hotel we went here for Breakfast and it was great! Great food, reasonable price, great service too! We got the french toast (served with tasty fresh fruit), eggs (prepared perfectly), bacon (also cooked perfeclty), yummy bread too! Loved the fresh OJ!

Thank Debbie C

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 56 Macdougal St, New York City, NY 10012
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > SoHo
  • Neighborhood: SoHo
  • Phone Number: (212) 254-8640

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Russian, Israeli

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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