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Posted by leigh on 11/27/2006
I don't mind a busy restaurant really if you can feel like you are still getting a good level of service, but for some reason (despite the fact that my waiter spent a large amount of time looking at the ceiling) i had a hard time getting attention. I put that off as a bad waiter, but the 3 subsequent times i have been, it has been nearly as bad. The music is also extremely loud and makes having a conversation difficult. But i have to admit that for a bit of comfort food with a twist it is a good place. worth while if you have the time and patience.
Posted by Kim on 11/14/2006
I recommend going here with parties of 4 or less, since the tables are quite small and close together. We had to wait for 45 minutes on a Saturday night for a table (5 people) and it was quite early, around 4:30. But it's worth the wait-or just go on the off-times. Of course the hostess was a wanna-be model bitch, but what do you really expect? All self-proclaimed "hip" restaurants in NYC are like that. Other than the hostess, I found the actual waitstaff to be fabulous. They are mostly young gay guys from the surrounding neighborhood. I even forgot to take the tag off my shirt, and our waiter came up and helped me pull it off. He was funny and attentive. I can see how some people think the staff is snobby, but you have to take it with a grain of salt. It's all part of the atmosphere here. The crowd was very mixed, as it was a weekend. Some tourists, some regulars, some families. I didn't feel out of place at all- I'm not from NY but i visit frequently. It's a great place to people watch, esp when the weather is accomodating to sit outside. I would recommend the half grilled cheese sandwich and soup combo. My entire table ordered that, and we were extremely satisfied. Soup was great, mac & cheese amazing. I would definitely go back- but make sure you aren't in a rush. This is some place you have to take the time to fully enjoy. Go on a leisurely afternoon with some old friends, let go of your pretensions and fears of not being "cool" enough and just enjoy some good comfort food and relaxing atmosphere.
Posted by Miss Dee on 09/09/2006
My first time @ Cafeteria was great. I didn't know what to expect @first glance so i kept it kind of simple. I ordered the mac and cheese w/ bacon and country fried steak. My entire meal from start to finish was amazing. But, let me tell you, the MAC-N-CHEESE was the greatest i have ever had in my 24 yrs. I really think I had my first food orgasm that night. Thanx Cafeteria for a wonderful night! xoxo
Posted by Cerulean on 08/21/2006
...Give their blueberry pancakes a try. I can't help but get 'em every time I go to Cafeteria. My other half gets the cheese grits, and they're good too. It really isn't the type of restaurant middle-American tourists with their two kids would be seen in. Wear your two-sizes-too-small t-shirt and your Gap jeans and you'll be guaranteed a decent table and decent service.
Posted by snyc1 on 08/01/2006
Whether it's a really late night out or an afternoon bite, I always come to here to satisfy my craving for something simple and good. I know there's so much to choose from, in New York particularly, but Cafeteria provides great simple home cooking. The pumpkin bisque is really good, a nutty aroma blended with the sweet spicy notes of pumpkin and their Mac and Cheese! It's sooo goood!
Posted by bronxelf on 07/29/2006
You know, I like Cafeteria. I've never had a meal there where the food wasn't good, even better than good. The service can be a little off, in that sort of "you're not trendy enough to be here" kind of way, but I can deal with that. What I can't deal with is the fact that the tables are too tight. Period. I say this as someone who designs restaurants as well as a totally ordinary sized human being. I'm not in any way a large person, but in trying to *squeeze* out from the banquette wall against the back, I dumped a drink into my lap. Forget this place if you're anything larger than supermodel thin unless it;s WELL after peak hours. I get that they're trying to get the most people they can into the space they have to maximize profits. But it's *just too tight*, particularly on the back wall (not to mention the tables are too small, but that's a problem at almost every restaurant in the city) I recommend this place HIGHLY at off hours. 3am? SURE! 8:30 in the morning? Great! But avoid the lunch and dinner hours at all costs. It gets noisy, and uncomfortable. The food is genuinely good though, and the lychee mojito is something completely worth your while. Hopefully you don't get a waitron who treats you like you're a bother to his/her day because you're not trendy/fashionable enough for them but the food is worth even that small hassle.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/04/2006
My sister and I took a trip to New York, were doing some shopping around 5th and 6th Avenues, became hungry and ran into the Cafeteria Restaurant. We wanted to satisfy our food craving the night before after clubbing but it was packed and the wait was too long (as we were told that it is a very popular restaurant, therefore always being crowded). So this particular day we read the menu and we were sold. There was a nice crowd, but we were seated (party of two) right away. Our waiter provided nothing but excellent service and he was very knowledgable concerning the restaurant. We are Miami natives and were totally oblivious to the fact that there is a Cafeteria right on South Beach. Thanks to our waiter we know now. The food was excellent (Maryland Crab cakes and Croissant French Toast) and the prices are reasonable too. The decor and ambiance is nice; so Miami-South Beach. The only thing missing is the water. Will definitely be trying the Cafeteria back home. Had a wonderful dining experience.