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Cornelia Street Cafe

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  • American (New)
  • 29 Cornelia St, New York NY10014 40.731492 -74.002458
  • (Btwn Bleecker & W 4th St)
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  • (212) 989-9319
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User Ratings (Based on 41 reviews)

Food 3.6 Value 3.4
Service 3.1 Atmosphere 3.9

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 989-9319
(212) 243-4207
Take Out Private Parties Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc ($25)
Sun-Thu: 10am-12am Fri-Sat: 10am-1am
Brunch, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Dinner, Gluten-Free, Late Night, Live Music, Online Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Parties, Prix Fix Menus, Take Out, Wheelchair Accessible

User Reviews

  • Cornelia Street Cafe

    Posted by Still wonderful! on 01/20/2008

    It is still a great place to dine

    I lived on Cornelia street 11 years ago and used to frequent "The Cafe" all the time because it was wonderful. Enjoyed the shows downstairs and the wonderful food upstairs. Have started coming back there recently and I must say the place is still wonderful!. Yes, prices have gone up but what hasn't??- the menu choices are wonderful, the food prepared quickly and always delicious. We are always greeted warmly and friendly by the (very goodlooking) Sunday evening staff. The Prix Fixe dinner is a great deal- DEFINITELY has stayed as good as it ever was. Go there some evening for a real village feel treat!

  • Cornelia Street Cafe

    Posted by Anonymous on 01/17/2008

    lovely experience

    My friend from out of town and I just happened upon this joint and decided to grab a bite. We ordered appetizers, drinks, entres, dessert, and dessert drinks and were pleased with everything. We spent three hours here, enjoying the entire dining experience and at no point felt rushed to leave or pay the check. The servers were pleasant, not over eager to please which I like, and were around if we needed them.

  • Cornelia Street Cafe

    Posted by Julie on 01/11/2008

    what a let down

    Did this place change management? I’ve live in the neighborhood for 7 years but was out of town for my job the passed year and a half. This used to be my favorite spot for a low key dinner. The food was good, basic and fairly priced, they always had great wine and desert, and the staff was fun and familiar. I was excited to come back to “the café” as we neighborhoodies always called it. WOW, was I disappointed, the local community feel is totally gone, the prices have gone up and the service, from the moment we walked in the door (we were greeted by as if we were an annoyance) until we finally paid our bill (after we waited FOREVER for our change), was harried and rude. I am so sad over the loss of this once cozy and warm establishment. I asked around and was assured that it is the same owners… but it is certainly not the same café!

  • Cornelia Street Cafe

    Posted by coleslaw on 01/06/2008

    What happened?

    Been coming here a few times a year for 10 years and is one of my favorites. BUT this last time was not right. Food was just ok and clearly not made with love and the service and experience was unpleasant. Weren't asked for a drink order, appetizers came out with our wine, and my wife's appetizer was being cleared before she was done. However, that did not stop them from bringing out my dinner. So my wife is finishing her salad and I'm staring at my steak and also at the server holding my wife's fish while she finishes her salad. Service felt like the local diner in Schenectady. We were basically done with dinner in a half hour and still felt rushed to finish quicker. Not the kind of Saturday night dinner you have in mind.

  • Cornelia Street Cafe

    Posted by Lynda on 08/06/2007

    Sunday brunch at your own risk

    Word to the wise -- arriving on a busy gorgeous Sunday at 1 may mean that you are lost in the shuffle for hours. Was abruptly informed at 12:45 that could not be seated until our third person arrived and must sit at the bar (where we were ignored while he went about filling orders for the tables and then only would look up). When third person arrived at 1, let the hostess know who let us sit there another 30 minutes never so much as looking our way. When we asked how much longer she seemed both surprised and annoyed with us. And to top it all off, my two companions got their meals and I got to wait another 10 minutes (only to be greeted by the waitress arriving and asking who had the quiche....). This place is coming off my list -- too unreliable and no place to take guests unless they have lots and lots of patience. And I no longer do.

  • Cornelia Street Cafe

    Posted by AC on 06/18/2007

    Way overrated

    Extremely disappointed. Food was below par as was service. Shocked that tea was $3 but even more stunned when informed that iced tea was $4 - an extra dollar for ice? Upper end restaurants don't charge that for tea and give free refills - forget that at this place.

  • Cornelia Street Cafe

    Posted by Jeff on 03/15/2007

    Great lunch spot aft walking the Village

    We had scoped out CSC on this web site and liked what we read, so after walking the Village for about two hours, we plunked ourselves down into a window seat and enjoyed a wonderful lunch. Had the chicken baguette (big portion) and the pizza (almost appetizer sized) with a pair of ice teas. Meal was excellent, same with service. Restaurant was about 2/3 full. We liked that the restaurant was tucked into a quieter side street, and could imagine that sitting outside in the summer would be fun. Next trip, we plan to check out the evening music line-up.

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