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12 Chairs

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56 Macdougal St, New York City, NY 10012
(212) 254-8640
8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We waited about 45 minutes to get one appetizer, then at least another half hour to get our lunch entrees. Food was tasty. Service friendly and apologetic, but apologies can only go so far when the food doesn't arrive. Because of the slow service I don't think I'll return.

Thank gg g
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a Friday night and lo and behold we found parking just around the block! In Greenwich Village! Ok it was a summer night at 7pm but the night was off to a good start. This restaurant was no let down. The menu is interesting and varied and includes great hummus and falafel. The salads were also good.... More 

Thank Dneuburger
Raleigh, North Carolina
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food in this small restaurant is delicious, and reasonably priced. The food includes Israeli dishes and Russian dishes, as well as enough American fare to please most palates. The service was exceptional. This became one of my favorite places to eat in NYC.

Thank Patti F
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Literally one of the best Israeli food I've eaten in America so far. We had falafel and hummus to start followed by two sabich sandwiches. The weather was perfect and the waitress really nice. Will definitely come again! Mazeltov!

Thank sandrapaulson
Metro Manila, Philippines
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49 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

We ate in 12 chairs as part of our visit to explore West Village, we were glad we took the effort to find it. It is a small cozy place, with a good selection of food. We enjoyed their hummus and bread as appetizer, and our orders of hamburger and fried chicken liver were sizable and delicious.

Thank happysong123
Vancouver, Canada
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

It's a pretty small place but packed with people and atmosphere. The service was super friendly and quick. I had a Tunisian Tuna sandwich. YUM. My friend had incredible falafel and hummus.

Thank HeatherKVW
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Any corner cafe in Tel Aviv can do better! So disappointed given the great reviews. The atmosphere and staff are very welcoming and attentive, and the Barkan Shiraz was smooth and lush...so we were looking forward to our food with relish. The vegetable couscous was boring with a sauce that was so tasteless that it wasn't worth using...it made no... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

After a weekend of heavy eating, it was great to find a dinner place where you could have a lighter dinner - salad, burger- or an entree if you preferred. Tables are tight, but not too loud.

Thank JudifromBoston
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

This place has been a favorite for my local New Yorker friend. I wanted something tasty but not too heavy. I got the Moroccan fish with spicy tomato sauce and couscous. Exactly what I wanted and delicious! The waiter was friendly and service was good. Will definitely be back again!

Thank Anna O
Bellmore, New York
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

The service was thorough and attentive to detail and the food was delicious and fresh! The falafel was excellent! I really appreciated the little green olives and spicy pickles for the table. Excellent mint lemonade..

Thank Michelle F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $20
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Russian, Kosher
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, 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
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

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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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Once the artistic hub of New York, SoHo is now one of the premiere shopping destinations in the world. Housing everything from the most popular luxury brands to swank boutiques you won’t find anywhere else, this is a sophisticated shopper’s dream come true. Broadway is teeming with big-name stores and people during the day, while Prince and Spring Streets are the other main drags to explore. Take a detour down the quieter side streets to see the real star of the district – the world’s largest collection of intricate and elegant cast-iron architecture. What were once warehouses and art studios are now meticulously restored loft buildings favored by many of New York’s celebrities, making SoHo one of the trendiest addresses in the city.
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