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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
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating

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  • 6
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  • 7
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  • 6
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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
GREAT COLLEGE FACULTY HANGOUT

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2015
Elizabeth M
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new canaan ct
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Staten Island, New York
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98 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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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137 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 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 2 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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Thank Alison W
Knoxville, Tennessee
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46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

We were staying at the aloft and trying to avoid their not so good breakfast, so we ventured over to Amsterdam and saw that this place was open. It has an awesome ambiance. The staff was very friendly and accomodating. The breakfast menu is quite limited, but the food was great. My huband and I shared the fruit and yogurt... More 

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Warwick, New York
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64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Husband and I met my daughter on a saturday around 4:30pm. Atmosphere is casual with couches, comfy chairs and also some regular small tables. They have outside tables on the street also if the weather is nice. Food was very good and reasonably priced, as was the beer. A little high for coffee , tea and other beverages. The only... More 

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Thank DJ7933
Steenokkerzeel
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49 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

We had a surprising lunch there: super panini and bruscchetta and very tasty, healthy juice of the day. Service couldn't be better and atmosphere is so different from center NY!

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Thank Sandra V
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

Stumbled upon Max Caffe for lunch, located in the heart of Columbia University. Nice and quaint cafe, serving excellent coffee and affordable food. We ordered a squash with peppercorn soup, octopus tapas and shrimp & chicken salad. Great tasting food and nice, cosy place to chill out. Free WiFi provided upon request.

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Thank Chevykok

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
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

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