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Cafe Viva

Natural Pizza
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  • Pizza, Kosher, Vegetarian-Friendly, Vegan
  • 2578 Broadway, New York NY10025 40.7955289 -73.9710162
  • (At 97th St)
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  • (646) 963-9186
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User Ratings (Based on 77 reviews)

3.455
Food 4.2 Value 3.7
Service 3.2 Atmosphere 2.2

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(646) 963-9186
Place Order:
Order From Cafe Viva for delivery & takeout
Notes:
Free Delivery Take Out Major Credit Cards
Hours:
Daily: 11:30am-11:30pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Kid-friendly, Delivery, Online Ordering, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out
Min Delivery:
8.00
Delivery Area:
84th to 110th St, Riverside Dr to CPW - $8 min 70th to 84th St, Riverside Dr to CPW - $20 min 110th to 122nd St, Riverside Dr to Morningside - $20 min

User Reviews

  • Cafe Viva

    Posted by Anonymous on 03/28/2008

    super yummy

    The pizzas here are great. We had the vegi sausage and peppers pizza on a wheat crust that tasted like the real thing. Also, we had the pesto and tomato pizza on a corn crust. It was really good. We plan to go back over and over again.

  • Cafe Viva

    Posted by Anonymous on 12/14/2007

    decent food, unfriendly service

    I've ordered food from Viva on multiple occasions. Their calzones are delicious, but the pasta is nothing above average, and the deserts are barely palatable. Nevertheless, they are one of the obvious vegetarian options in the area, and for a certain time, the convenience was enough to outweigh a few culinary disappointments. I would have kept on ordering from them if it weren't for the fact that their customer service is terrible. They've screwed up my delivery order several times, and each time didn't care to do anything about it. The last time I spoke to someone there, the person told me that because he was on a different shift than the person I ordered from, there was nothing that he could do. Totally rude and unhelpful. What was really infuriating, was to find out that this guy was the owner! The whole point of having a relationship with a small business is that the owner and the management take a care and interest in their regular customers. The owner of Viva obviously thinks that because his place is the only one around, people will go there no matter what. As far as I'm concerned, even going to a place with great food is not worth it if I know that I may have to deal with a jerk who won't admit a screw-up. or that my money is going to someone who couldn't care less. Might as well be getting pizza from a Sbarro's.

  • Cafe Viva

    Posted by Anonymous on 11/07/2007

    Great food

    I've tried so many things on the viva menu and liked all of them. Good for a regular slice of pizza, and great for all sorts of creative veggie slices and pastas. Their calzones are also great, and stuffed full of veggies, not like many others I've tried in the area. Not a nice place to sit, but great for delivery.

  • Cafe Viva

    Posted by visiting vegan on 08/10/2007

    Lovin' the grub

    As a vegan it was nice to see that they write on the menu that the soy cheese is not vegan and label the crusts properly if they contain proteins not good for those who are celiacs. I had the zen pizza slice and a salad; it wasn't available at the time, but they made a whole one up so I could have a slice which was as good as customer service can get in my opinion. My vegetarian husband created his own which came up piping hot! It was a great, cozy place with great service and the food was delicious. Those who are from smaller meat loving places really love all the options here in New York and I love the small veg shops around town. Appreciate what you have in NY, because where I'm from it's salad or nothin'!!

  • Cafe Viva

    Posted by PLUMPDN on 07/08/2007

    Best vegetarian option uptown

    The Cafe Viva menu clearly states that there is casein in the soy cheese (how do you think it melts?) and that there is spelt flour in the corn meal crust. I have been a vegan for 12 years and only in the past 2 years has ANYONE created truly vegan cheese that melts. What world the people below me were living in is beyond me. Other than that, the pizza is great and I like knowing that my veggie pizza REALLY has never touched a piece of real pepperoni. My new favorite is the Siciliana marinara...spicy! Service sucks, but it's a pizza parlor not Candle Cafe. Plus those guys are there 7 days a week making your picky complaining Upper West Side people's kosher and vegetarian pizza. You better smile before they leave and you have to go to the East Village for a weekend slice.

  • Cafe Viva

    Posted by John on UWS on 06/30/2007

    Generally the best veg pizza around

    We have enjoyed working our way through what we thought were the vegan pizzas (the previous review says that we were sadly deceived.) Milk proteins aside, the "la vita "and "il fiore" were lovely. We thought maybe would work our way up to the pricey "zen." Boy, were we disappointed. It has a one inch layer of crumbled tofu on top, then it is cobbled with a thick covering of under-roasted garlic. The spelt crust, as always, was lovely, but the toppings just didn't come together. At least with tax it only cost $30! LOL. Service is the typical unfriendly NYC pizza joint. Nothing special. Thank you to the author of the previous review. Sorry to hear about your child. I hope all is okay. We are vegans by choice and won't be coming back.

  • Cafe Viva

    Posted by gpd209 on 06/27/2007

    NOTE: Their soy cheese is NOT vegan

    The restaurant's soy cheese is approximately 10% casein. I don't mention this because I'm a vegan purist (I ate a bacon cheeseburger for lunch today). I just learned the hard way when my 20-month-old became sick after chowing down on their otherwise marvelous pizza. I knew my son was allergic to cow cheese. Now I know he is allergic to the Santa Rosa as well. On a more positive note, my wife and I love the pizzas here. They come loaded with fresh ingredients. The whole wheat crust is wonderful, and I just had the corn crust and really enjoyed it too.

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