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Cafe Wha

Certificate of Excellence
Greenwich Village
American, Bar
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115 Macdougal St, New York City, NY 10012-1202
9:30 pm - 2:30 am
Closed now
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Sun 9:30 pm - 2:30 am
Mon - Thu 8:30 pm - 2:30 am
Fri - Sat 8:30 pm - 4:00 am
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Erfurt, Germany
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44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

Excellent night out. Went there after dinner, although they serve food as well. Saw the local house band. Lots of fun, top quality muso's. Small venue so close to the action. Need to pre-book online to make sure you get in. Drink Service was excellent. Small cover charge for house band - will vary depending on who is playing. Massive... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

I first visited this place with friends on a recommendation and 7 years later back again with family. We booked to see Ali Isabella then stayed on for the houseband. I was the only one out of the group that had been to NY already but we all felt it was the best night. Food was great too. No visit... More 

Thank Lorriew65
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

Superb evening that managed to perk up a couple of jet lagged travellers. We saw the Hendrix tribute night and then the house band played some other songs later keeping the evening going. The food and service was excellent but the atmosphere and genuinely superb music topped that by quite some way. A brilliant way to spend an evening in... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

Went on a Satuarday night and was surprised to see the place packed with a long line of people waiting outside (make sure to reserve a place in advance!) The night started with a great comedian and went on with an increadible preformance of the house band- from Maroon5, Rihanna, Radiohead, Sting to latino covers and more, it was AMAZING.... More 

Thank adikat3
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

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

Thank SBrowner
Weston, Florida
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56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

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 

Thank Bruce F
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016 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.

1 Thank Annettesi
Copenhagen, Denmark
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

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 

2 Thank Gussi77
Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

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 

4 Thank Steven A
Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews
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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 

3 Thank David K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Bar
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
9:30 pm - 2:30 am
8:30 pm - 2:30 am
8:30 pm - 2:30 am
8:30 pm - 2:30 am
8:30 pm - 2:30 am
8:30 pm - 4:00 am
8:30 pm - 4:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • 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

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