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Posted by anonymous on 03/22/2013
I love this place. My favorite diner in the neighborhood by far. The problem is there is always a wait for a table. In the winter, that means you are constantly getting blasted with ice cold winds each time the door opens. If you're at a table close to the door that means your food gets cold very quickly. It also means you will have 3-10 people hovering over your table waiting for you to finish eating. It's really unfortunate. The diner and staff are great but it takes away from the experience to know that you will ALWAYS have to wait. And it's no flu to see groups of people obviously waiting for your table.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/28/2012
Love this place... Go every week for great food and service. Delicious corned beef hash!
Posted by George M. on 12/10/2011
I've been going to Cafe 82 with my wife for the past 5 years and it's one of our favorite places to eat. The portions are huge and the food is just great. Also, Cafe 82 has some of the best restaurant service I've seen. Quick service, and the waiters are super friendly too!
Posted by twinsmom on 08/16/2011
We went the first day it opened 18+ years ago and are still going, now with our 10 year old twins. What first drew us was the friendly staff, the delicious food (check out the veggie lasagna) and the most unusual thing for ANY restaurant (even the pricey ones!) is how clean it is! It looks the same today as it did when it opened! There are hundreds of "regulars" who have gone there for years, which really gives a "small town" feel to this excellent and unique place! Cheers to the two owners for creating this home away from homes for Upper West Siders (and it's family friendly, too!)
Posted by Happy on 07/19/2011
I eat or order out from Cafe 82 all the time since their gluten free menu came out. They have never once sent me gluten instead of gluten free (keep it up kitchen staff). Great service. It's a diner so don't expect too much. Huge pasta portions, great variety and willingness to adapt meal to taste preferences. My only complaint is that sandwiches are pretty dry. Great great great.
Posted by Jason on 06/20/2011
Great Gluten free menu....that gluten free pasta that they serve is absolutely marvelous... the G-F beer excellent..I did not know that they do parties for people who have this problem .. every first Monday of every month.. I definitely recommend to all of you guys...
Posted by VictoiseC on 05/15/2011
It's so unfortunate isn't it that a reviewer can diss a place that's just great because of (probably) a half hour of some confusion or somebody's wife called that the baby was sick or the owner got a parking ticket...whatever... & the service slowed down for a minute. Cafe 82 is probably the best coffee shop on the UWS. . We've gone here for at least 8 years and while it isn't mind-boggling gourmet food, they do a decent salad, a great fish sandwich at lunch, nice corned beef hash, eggs benedict, hamburgers, all those coffee shop things. Their soups are good too. But the most impressive thing about Cafe 82 IS THE SERVICE. Every person working there bends over backwards, runs to help, refresh the coffee, smile & listen to the regular's stories. The owner sweeps around the room often checking in & really trying hard, all the time. These people that dump on a place just really get me sometimes, you know?