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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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Fri 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sat - Thu 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Seating

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Stop here before the Picasso exhibit.

The Picasso exhibit is so vast and so exciting that to stop and eat between rooms is wasteful. The service is fast, prices, reasonable, and room comfortable.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 15, 2015
Walter R
Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

Cafe 2 is definitely a standard above average cafes, with its interesting menu and innovative quisine. Our meals were very good and our 2 teenage sons were happy with their choices of pasts and meatballs. The table and seating arrangement was too tight and the cafe quite noisey (to be fair the latter is hard to avoid at this time... More 

Thank Gavin H
Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

The Picasso exhibit is so vast and so exciting that to stop and eat between rooms is wasteful. The service is fast, prices, reasonable, and room comfortable.

Thank Walter R
San Diego, California
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

On limited time, my daughter and I went to MOMA, planning to just at least enter the museum shop. But the lady at check-out convinced me to buy a membership (since I would save $50) and go to Café 2 for lunch, which you need to enter through the museum to get into. Very Glad for her suggestions! The tables... More 

Thank ahdenton
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 471 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 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.

Thank operalover939
London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 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 

1 Thank Desi S
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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 

3 Thank RothesayFamily0630
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

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 

2 Thank 6784_dog
Wappingers Falls, New York
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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 

1 Thank SquareG
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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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 

2 Thank jeenbeen
New Orleans, Louisiana
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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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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, Cafe
Open Hours
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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