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Posted by Anonymous on 12/23/2007
One of the few remaining places that caters to people who actually live in the East Village, and not to the bridge and tunnel crowd. The food is cheap and plentiful, and there is something for everyone. Heavy emphasis on vegan and vegetarian dishes, wraps, crepes and sandwiches, but there are also meat dishes for the carnivores. Atlas might have the city's biggest selection of vegan cakes and pastries--a bit too sweet for my tastes but others seem to love them. As to the ridiculous complaint posted below, about the place being cramped--of course it's cramped. It's a tiny hole-in-the-wall. You can see that from the outside. Don't go in if you're claustrophobic. And it seems as if those who complain about "rude" service must want tableclothed tables and waiters with white ties. It's counter service--go to one of the trendy tourist dives if you don't like it. Then again, what's not to like? The staff is among the friendliest in the city. It's not for nothing that customers from all over the neighborhood keep coming back, again and again and again.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/14/2007
Yes, it's true, the place can get cramped but it's TOTALLY worth it. I love it there. Their tunisian tuna panini with brie is outrageous and their goat cheese, black olive and sun dried tomato eggs in the morning knock me over. There is an endless line here and it's always a little tricky. In the beginning the periodic gruffness of some of the staff was a little off setting but it's part of the charm. In fact, the gruffness is usually when they are getting slammed. Otherwise they're friendly and have a good sense of humor. Relax it's the East Village.
Posted by js on 12/04/2007
Went here on a very cold night for dessert. This place has NO ROOM inside. The guy behind the counter yells at you to order while you cant even see the desserts. The tables are jammed together, nobody can get around. Im sure it is great in the summer when the outdoor tables can be used, and the sad thing is it could still be good in the winter with some common sense. Take out one table, rearrange the place, and get some manners behind the counter. Friendly service goes a LONG way. I wont go back.
Posted by Molly P on 09/16/2007
Love this place!! The most expansive menu, yummy soups, sandwiches, and shakes. Always a good thing!
Posted by Unimpressed on 08/27/2007
I have a vegan friend staying with me and took her to the Atlas cafe on saturday after reading the rave reviews online. I'm sure i went to the right place, at the right address, but didn't find the food fantastic or the staff friendly. What i found was really bland food, my friend hated hers. It was embarrassing. The staff were just there. It was rubbish and i shalln't be going there again. Cheap tho.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/01/2007
The food is so good. The only bad thing is the long line when you're trying to pay, but that's the price of popularity. Turkey with Apple and Brie, YUM. Strawberry Shortcake, YUUMMM.
Posted by A.R.G. on 04/30/2007
Atlas is little more than a hole in the wall. A hole filled with delicious food, tons of vegan/veg options, and incredibly friendly staff. The sandwiches are delicious (vegan ginger chicken) as are the wide array of Vegan Treats desserts, delivered all the way from PA. It's very easily my favorite place in the city!! In fact, I'm going to go RIGHT NOW!