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Posted by Gina on 05/30/2010
I recently took my mother to NYC for her birthday. (We're from Queens originally). Since we stayed at the Edison Hotel (and a choice we were VERY happy with but that's another review...), we ate breakfast, lunch and one dinner at the Cafe. It was like coming home. The food brought back memories of what we were used to, the atmosphere was true NY and I don't know about the negative comments about the staff as we found them professional and polite. But the food is the real story. Let's put it this way, we also had dinner at a "Celebrity chef's" restaurant and we wished we had just stuck to the Cafe instead. My mother was in heaven with the soups, mushroom barley and matzo ball both scored BIG with Mom and I'm craving their potato salad and reuben. If you want excellent, real food at a great price, then run don't walk to the Cafe Edison.
Posted by Lola on 03/19/2010
I was bit nerouse to go eat at Cafe Edison with all the negative review on rude staff. So this week I was in the city for a show and brave the crticism and entered. I was seat promptly and upn ordering my food it was deliver no less than 5 min. hot and yummy. The waitress was pleasant and very helpful(I guess I luck out!) she ask us numerous times if we were fine and needed anything. The bill was reasonable too for NYC prices. I was quite please with the service and food. SO if your in the area go check out!
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.