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Posted by restraunt goer on 04/20/2005
Like a previous reviewer said, the food here is poor. I think my table ordered 3 different pasta dishes and basically everything that came looked like the exact same thing. Dessert was ok. Setting was nice.
Posted by L DeMesa on 08/19/2004
I had dinner here last night. he fettucine alfredo is absolutely amazing. The linguine in a pesto cream sauce was really good too. The chocolate mousse cake goes down VERY EASILY. Try to sit next to the water fountain.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/22/2004
It's a shame that a restaurant which has such a great location, decor, and atmosphere has such terrible food. The breaded mozzarella was delivered on a bed of pre-made bagged Del Monte 'salad'. Not a bit of flavor was in the pasta we tried except for the mound of canned parmesean we heaped on top. Add to that the dry day-old bread we finally received halfway through the entrees that had been heated to a fingertip-searing temperature, and it was a completely disappointing experience. Remember, atmosphere is free.
Posted by Good food, great setting! on 09/19/2003
This is the perfect place for die-hard medieval nuts, Italo-philes, and anyone who likes to eat among the trees. A quiet restaurant with lovely outdoor seating, this is one of my favorite places in NYC. I simply love the faux stained glass windows, which obviously give the Cloister Cafe its name. The food was standard Italian-American cuisine. I ordered the penne arriabiata, which was quite good. The outdoor seating area is wonderful with tiny lights strung through the trees. It's like dining in a olive groves or among grape vines. It was almost difficult to decide which I enjoyed more, the food or the atmosphere! It's tucked away on E. 9th Street, you have to look for it, or it will be easy to pass. A++++!!!