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181 Cabrini

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  • American (New), Small Plates/Tapas
  • 854 W 181st St, New York NY10033 40.851066 -73.940025
  • (Btwn Cabrini Blvd & Pinehurst Ave)
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  • (212) 923-2233
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User Ratings (Based on 28 reviews)

Food 3.6 Value 3.3
Service 3.8 Atmosphere 3.9

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 923-2233
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Order From 181 Cabrini for delivery & takeout
Major Credit Cards Delivery Hours Daily: 6pm-11pm Happy Hour Daily: 4pm-8pm
Breakfast & Lunch Mon-Fri: 8am-4:30pm Dinner Daily: 6pm-11:30pm Brunch Sat-Sun: 9am-4:30pm
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Bar Scene, Brunch, Delivery, Happy Hour, Kid Friendly, Late Night, Online Ordering, Take Out, Wheelchair Accessible
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Delivery Area:
168th to 190th St; Riverside to Broadway

User Reviews

  • 181 Cabrini

    Posted by nativenewyorker on 01/02/2010

    Great for the heights

    One of the better places in this neighborhood. Food and service are always good. The atmosphere is not great, it needs some help in that department. Over all a good place to have a drink and a quality meal. They have a good bar with good cocktails too.

  • 181 Cabrini

    Posted by mitsy4400 on 12/10/2009


    This is one of the few restaurants in the neighborhood that my parents have requested we come back to. They love the brunch options (and also that they're open at 10 as my parents still don't get the afternoon brunch scene). On they're last visit my dad and I had the huevos rancheros and mom had the fargo omlet. Both were perfect and I loved the crunchy tortilla with the eggs. Coffee is strong and plentiful and the service is spot on. Have only been for dinner once and while the menu is limited the food is good. Definitely a plus for the neighborhood.

  • 181 Cabrini

    Posted by anonymous on 09/19/2009


    definitely a hipster spot to hang... if that is your thing. it is definitely not mine. definitely yuppie central, again not my thing. the food is okay, the service is fantastic, and the decor and comfort level is lame and non existent. the place is not inviting or cozy. this place is trying way too hard to be something they're not in a neighborhood that isn't. LAME.

  • 181 Cabrini

    Posted by dd on 09/04/2009


    for one... the neighborhood is washington heights, not wahi like the new yuppies in the neighborhood like to call it. for 2, the food is good. the atmosphere is good also if you're looking for a hipster place to hang. if you like a good burger, this is okay, as well as jesse's and anywhere else in the hood, however, this place will leave you burping up that taste for hours... it's okay. there is a bartnder named abrahm who is great though. all i got...

  • 181 Cabrini

    Posted by A Heights Resident on 09/01/2009

    Looks are there, but taste, not quite.

    It has all the trappings of a modern, bougie, cute little neighborhood restaurant -- but doesn't quite deliver. I went there for brunch a couple of times. Your standard UWS-ish brunch fare, packaged up in a standard UWS-ish brunch price, but sadly, the food doesn't taste as good as it looks. Some items (e.g. oatmeal) were overpriced. Given a choice, I'd rather go to the UWS for a better tasting brunch for a similar price.

  • 181 Cabrini

    Posted by jane on 08/07/2009

    Just when I thought we had a good restaurant in the neighborhood

    My first experience late one night was quite delightful. A quick drink and appetizer. Took a friend for dinner a few weeks later; the fish prepared with a pepper crust and wasabi sauce was beyond overkill. My friend sent it back, I chose to keep mine and what a mistake that was. The presentation on plain white rice with a miniscule amount of arugala was pathetic. My dinner mate explained that she wanted something that was tasty with less "fire". So the waitress suggested the fingerling potatoes and they were so salty you could not eat them. The little pork burgers were mediocre. To add insult to the meal, charging 12 dollars for a DonJulio on the rocks is absurd. i placed two calls to the owner and of course no one returned either call. Wshsington Heighs deserves a good restaurant but this isn't it.

  • 181 Cabrini

    Posted by Jay on 06/14/2009

    Finally, good American cuisine in the Heights

    If you live in the Heights you know it is harder to find a good restaurant here than a lump of moon rock. That's why I had rock bottom expectations when I went to 181 Cabrini. On top of I did not like the name and the menu seemed confusing. But then I tried the food which considering we are in the Heights, blew me away. I thought with Hispaniola closed, the only real quality joint left was New Leaf. But there one has to deal with snooty waiters, long waits and very high prices. The Hanger Steak melted in my mouth and my wife's order, the Burger was unusually flavorful. I did not try the dessert but the after dinner coffee was great. Our waitress had a smile that seemed genuine and even when I accidentally broke a wine goblet, no one seemed to flinch. The decor has a modern metalglass IKEA touch to it but I kind of prefer that to the dungeony feel of some of its nearby rivals like Emilou and Jesse's Place. The food of course is head and shoulders above these joints. In the end my only complaints are about the name (which I can overlook) and the presentation/organization of menu (which they can fix). If my ratings seem high, remember this is Washington Heights. You'd have to travel 60 blocks south before you can hope to encounter comparable quality. To the owners: Thank you, don't let your standards slide and for the love of God, get someone to re-design the menu.

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