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Posted by Andrea on 08/15/2009
Great atmosphere (obviously, otherwise they wouldn't film movies there!)...but the service was absolutely disappointing. I went in with a friend tonight and the restaurant was 1/2 full at best. We waited around and finally went up to the FOUR waitresses just standing around and asked to be seated. While the desserts we got were wonderful, we only saw our waitress when she took our order. We had to ask for water and then continually crane our necks around to find someone for a refill. For one dish of sherbert it was $7.00...WAY overpriced. Cool atmosphere, but not worth it.
Posted by Lora on 07/21/2009
My husband and I recently had lunch at the Cafe with a friend. Our friend ordered one of the grilled cheese sandwiches (mozzarella and basil I think), I had the eggplant sandwich, and my husband tried the Bulgarian torte. I can't speak for the others, but my sandwich was the best I've had in a long time! I also think my husband enjoyed being able to try something he'd never had before and wouldn't typically come across in your typical cafe menu. After lunch, of course we all had to try some dessert and were not disappointed. Our friend had the banana cream pie (nice, light, and creamy), my husband went for the pecan pie (perfectly solid yet gooey), and I tried the "Heavenly Dream" (or something like that): lemon angel food cake with strawberries, berry sauce, and frozen yogurt. It was the perfect dessert to squeeze into the nooks and crannies I had left over after eating my sandwich. All the waitresses seemed efficient and friendly--we did end up having to wait a bit to be seated, but the time passed quickly since we were waiting in front of the dessert counter. The waitresses looked to be very on top of cleaning each vacated table swiftly so the next customer could be seated. Cafe Lalo is definitely on my must-have list for every NYC visit! (Note: we were unaware that the Cafe was cash-only, so keep that in mind!)
Posted by jen480 on 12/14/2008
I'm so glad Cafe Lalo is in the neighborhood. It serves some of the best hot chocolate ever. Make sure to spring the extra $1.25 or so for the whipped creamit's homemade! One warning though: When you go up to pay at the counter, be careful. When I went recently, the cashier tried pocketing my friend's change.
Posted by Buttercup on 11/25/2008
Although the cakes are very good...they are definitely overpriced. Especially when they're not big slices. I got 2 cupcakes and a slice of Tiramisu for $16.79 which I thought was quite steep. The cupcakes were slightly too sweet but very good nonetheless. The cake was moist which is rare. My Tiramisu was good...nice and light. A bit small for $6. If you're gonna charge that kind of price, at least make the portions a little bigger.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/01/2008
We went here after dinner. The waitress at the door was incompetent and extremely rude. The service is absolutely subpar, and I do not plan on going here anymore.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/29/2008
I went there for the first time on Sunday after 2pm. I had to wait but it wasn't too bad. For brunch you have to wait at least 5-10minutes. Except the music was a little too loud, I really liked their food and think the price is worth it. People who complain here probably had to wait long at busy hour. I guess my friends and I were happy there 'cause we didn't have to wait too long. The waitress didn't look miserable at all. I'll defintely go there again.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/27/2008
The desserts are good, buts its not worth the wait or the price