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Cafe 2

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9 West 53rd Street, New York City, NY
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Fri 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sat - Thu 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
good food served efficiently

I liked my lentil soup and mushroom quiche with salad. My wife liked her beets with feta and quiche.The way Cafe 2 is organized is exemplary: service is fast and friendly. The restaurant on the ground floor is better but also a lot more expensive.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2013
operalover939
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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427 reviews 427 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
309 helpful votes 309 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I liked my lentil soup and mushroom quiche with salad. My wife liked her beets with feta and quiche.The way Cafe 2 is organized is exemplary: service is fast and friendly. The restaurant on the ground floor is better but also a lot more expensive.

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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

A perfect place to have lunch when visiting the MOMA. We came here after not being able to find a place for lunch which didn't require a long wait for a table. Our expectations were not high, but wow were we surprised. We had a really super lunch. The food is cafe bistro modern Italian and really good. We didn't... More 

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Auckland
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74 reviews 74 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Four lunches in seven days - this place became my mid-town chill-out spot when it just got too crowded and hot outside. The food is consistently good and the service usually OK - although things were a bit slow on one day. The cafe has mostly long table with a few benches at the windows with a street view. There... More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

I though I would have lunch here after the nice reviews - 215pm shouldn't be too busy. Nope - 20 min queue and 20 mins for lunch. Food is average and prices a couple of bucks more. Have a look at my photo to see how busy it is on a Monday afternoon. Have lunch outside and u will thank... More 

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Wappingers Falls, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

The 2 in the name indicates that the café is on the second floor. There is often a line to get a seat. If you go early on the lunch period you may not have to wait. The menu is available at the entrance, or it will be given to you not later than just before you are seated. The... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

My son and I were visiting the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and wanted a quick lunch before we began our "art tour". How handy, Café 2 right inside the museum. The menu was varied and interesting; the food was delivered in a timely manner with a smile; the wait-staff were cheerful and efficient; AND - oh, yes... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

While in MOMA, the family and I went to grab a bit to eat at Café 2. While not necessarily a "kid friendly" menu, we were still able to find a few things that they would eat. Although the food was pretty good (The pasta was excellent), we were not able to get the simplest of things. The menu had... More 

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Jaipur, India
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

The reason I mention underrated is because it did not come up on my search for good places to eat in manhattan. This could be because you first have to pay the entrance fee at MOMA to be able to eat here. We ate lunch and it was fantastic. The vanilla cheesecake was probably one of the best cheesecakes I... More 

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54 reviews 54 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

The Cafe 2 is a great place to eat during your visit to MoMA. The dining area consists of long tables reminiscent of the school cafeteria, but nicer, of course. I was not expecting such amazingly delicious food at a museum cafe. There were many great dishes. Our food was delivered promptly and tasted amazing. Choices included wine and cheese... More 

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Niagara Falls
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69 restaurant reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

We had lunch here on our second visit to MOMA last week. This was the best lunch we had in New York City. There was a long queue but well worth the wait. All the ingredients were fresh and our server told us the pasta dishes were made to order. My daughter had the bruschetta and I had a roasted... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9 West 53rd Street, New York City, NY
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Café
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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