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Cafe Edison

Edison Hotel
228 W. 47th St., New York, NY 10036 40.759501 -73.9854
nr. Broadway  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-354-0368 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: American Traditional, Diner, Eastern European
  • Price Range: $$

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Hours

Mon-Sat, 6am-9:30pm; Sun, 6am-7:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at 50th St.; C, E at 50th St.; N, Q, R at 49th St.; B, D, F, M at 47th-50th Sts.-Rockefeller Center

Prices

$6-$17

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Business Lunch
  • Celeb-Spotting
  • Classic NY
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Theater District

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

You could easily walk by Cafe Edison at Times Square’s Hotel Edison and dismiss it as your ordinary, non-descript coffee shop. You’d be wrong. Hidden amid the obligatorily encyclopedic offering of omelettes, burgers, club sandwiches, and salads are gems of homemade Eastern European Jewish cooking that have delighted Broadway producers, playwrights, and performers, and tourists, for 30 years—at timelessly affordable prices. The soups, which alternate daily, are exceptional. Matzo ball soup sports a delicate sphere nestled among egg noodles and generous chunks of chicken; mushroom barley is teeming with fresh mushrooms and dill; split pea is thick and barely puréed; and cabbage soup, delightfully sweet and sour, contains pieces of beef brisket and potatoes. Lightly fried blintzes are bulging with slightly sweetened cheese, cherries, or blueberries. Kasha varnishkas have the proper buckwheat to bowtie ratio and are enriched with fried onions. Try the matzo brei, an eggy version of French toast made with matzo (unleavened bread). Sure, the acoustics amplify every clanking plate, and the embellishments of this former ballroom are a crazy quilt of contemporary and Baroque styles. But you won’t hear anyone kvetching—they’re too busy eating.

Recommended Dishes

Matzo ball soup, $4.10; cheese blintzes, $7.50; kasha varnishkas, $4.95

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