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Posted by dcvdickens on 10/02/2009
I have always loved the Edison for it's charming albeit simple atmosphere and the possibility of running into musicians, actors, writers, and producers who all lunch here. However be aware that at least one waiter is running a scam in that he adds your tip to your bill without asking or informing you, counting on the fact that you won't check your bill and will leave ANOTHER tip for him on the table. Despicable. I told the hostess but didn't know where the manager was.
Posted by Matt on 09/22/2009
I've been here twice about a year apart between visits. Each time it's been great! The service is fast and friendly. My coffee was refilled and I was not rushed out of the place even though they were very busy. The atmosphere is really cool and relaxing. The cost is pretty low, especially for the Times Square area. Both times I got the lox platter, which is HUGE and amazing. Each time I overate because it was so darn good! This review comes from a local who completely despises Times Square--but I'm willing to make the trek just for breakfast at Cafe Edison.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/30/2008
It's not for the faint of heart, but it's a great place. The food is excellent. I had a great hot pastrami sandwich. It was half the price of the same thing at one of the nearby tourist traps, and though smaller, was plenty of food (and I'm a big eater). Waiters are brusque but they're just trying to get you your food quickly. It is truly old school, in the best sense of the word. If it scares off a few tourists, all the better for us natives.
Posted by Richard on 12/23/2008
I kinda like the way the place looks and coffee shop-level service is fine by me in a coffee shop, so no complaints there. The eggs were over and easy, and the toast was buttered still doing fine. Tepid coffee? Please. Tepid sausage patties? No thanks. Tepid, boiled-tasting home "fries"? You gotta be kidding.
Posted by Frequent New York Visitor on 06/29/2008
My sister and I had lunch at the Café Edison on May 10, 2008. I had eaten there several years ago with a group from school and it was a unique experience that I wanted to share with my sister. You take a step back into time when you step into Café Edison. With its pink walls, small booths, rustic advertisements for Coca-Cola, and diner bar with stools for the quick-stopper, it's not the tourist attracter in appearance or prices. The wait staff is not concerned with providing pleasing customer service and mediocre food, but rather with providing fast, efficient customer service and good, quality food for reasonable prices. I ordered the Reuben sandwich, as it is truly one of my favorite sandwiches in and out of New York, and honestly, the sandwich was 2 ½ inches thick with meat and sour rout, but mostly meat. It was spectacular. My sister ordered the ham and French toast and she was equally pleased with her food. With drinks, I think the whole bill came out to about $15. How many other places in New York City can you go and have a good-tasting lunch for two people for only $15? Highly recommended for the New York City visitor who is looking for a unique New York experience and excellent food for a good value.
Posted by Tony on 01/26/2008
Great joint, straight outta the 70s (in a good way). Old lighting fixtures and walls with engraved designs showed its past glory. A great place. Lots of the regulars, like the cabbies in Taxi Driver. And if you aint form New York, you're not gonna like the fast-paced almost rude waiters which added to the atmosphere! Gotta love it! Food came out in literally 3 minutes after ordering. Burger w/ fries is $6. A must visit for an outta towner, or a standard New Yorker.
Posted by Sweetpea on 12/11/2006
I loved this earthy, old fashioned diner. If you like old New York, Jewish diner food, and prefer to eat at local greasy spoons with old regulars (rather than chain restaurants run by teenagers and frequented by yuppie minivan drivers), this is a great place to go. It was clean enough, though not pristine, but I found the run-down glamour and architecture of the room really charming. I had the club sandwich and coleslaw, both of which were terrific. The waiter was a gruff, curmudgeonly type who took a shine to me and was obviously pleased by how charmed I was by the place and the food; I thought he was a total sweetheart. It was refreshing to find a place that feels that real and homey in the Times Square area. There is an Olive Garden just down the street for the types who don't like this place. Go there next time.