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Max Cafe

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1262 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10027-5027
(212) 531-1210
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8:00 am - 12:30 am
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 12:30 am
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New York City, New York
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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have no complaints about this place. It's a spacious cafe with couches that make you feel like you're visiting Central Perk on Friends. There's an outdoor section where you can watch the street, and regular tables and chairs as well. It's owned by the same people who own the excellent Max Soha down the street, so the food items... More 

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Thank Marion S
Barcelona, Spain
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

This airy bistro filled with old European influences stays busy from breakfast til Happy Hour and beyond. High ceilings, exposed pipe and low tables make the couch filled lounge area a good place for drinks or coffee dates. Beware of lovers tangling on the furniture during the day. Also beware of the $10 credit card minimum--and note that the huge... More 

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Thank ScholarWeir
Battambang, Cambodia
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206 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

I came here one morning whilst walking through morningside heights/ Harlem and I was happy with the experience. I had a good-tasting coffee and sat for an hour or so, alternating between reading the paper and people watching. They didn't make me feel pressured to leave. I would come back again; a nice experience.

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Thank Joey613
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

i enjoy sitting here in the morning and having a coffee. very relaxed ,nice staff, quick service. cute outdoor space

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Thank nick M
Staten Island, New York
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139 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

Wanted a coffee- what a cute spot! Couches, nooks and crannies, cool college ambiance. Food looked great too. Had a chai latte and double espresso. Nice.

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Thank Analia G
new canaan ct
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162 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

My friend and I wanted hot chocolate in the half-hour before a Sunday concert. We walked into Max Cafe and were charmed. The walls are lined with assorted old sofas with low tables, and free-standing chairs grouped around. Student types click away on their laptops. Young mothers with kids chat with other young mothers. The menu offers sandwiches, wraps, paninis,... More 

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Thank Elizabeth M
Belmont, New Hampshire
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

I stumbled upon Max Cafe during a business trip to NYC. I visited as often as I could. Great atmosphere, delicious food, and very nice service.

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Thank AliCharb
Modena
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Whether you want to do some work, read a novel, or simply hang out and people watch, Max Cafe in Amsterdam Avenue is the place to go. A miraculous oasis of calm,full of warm colours and exposed brick and pipework. If you are lucky you will get a window seat, and it will be yours as long as you like... More 

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Thank Puccinichick
New York City
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I enjoyed their sandwiches very much the first time I went here in August 2014, unfortunately they've never been quite as good. Crostini are great! worth stopping in for.

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Thank Ldunkel
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This place has couches and chairs and pillows. The food is outstanding. Fresh ingredients, made well and priced for a student's budget. Large glasses of good house wine. Wooden tables. Private and communal at the same time. Outdoor seating. Columbia students stay here for hours writing and using computers. Lengthy visits are welcomed by Max Cafe staff. A very nice... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Cafe, Italian
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Monday
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Friday
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1262 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10027-5027
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
  • Neighborhood: Manhattan
  • Phone Number: (212) 531-1210

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