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Cafe Rakka

81 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10003 40.72773 -73.985539
nr. First Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-982-9166 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Vegetarian/Vegan
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Daily, noon-11:15pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Astor Pl.



Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering


  • Beer and Wine Only


Not Accepted

Delivery Area

2nd St. to 14th St., Ave. B to Broadway


Though Cafe Rakka is utilitarian (there are only a few tables; much of the business is in takeout and delivery), with little visual charm aside from some Ancient Egyptian-themed decorative plates and etchings on the walls, it stands out for its vibrant and well-seasoned Middle Eastern classics. With nearly a dozen vegetarian appetizers from hummus, to grape leaves, to cracked wheat with lentils, the best strategy is a design-your-own combo platter. Falafel are freshly fried—crispy on the outside and moist within, and tinged green from parsley and cilantro. Both lamb and chicken shish kebabs are first-rate, too: The meats are well-marinated, dusted with spices, and deftly grilled. Finish with rich, froth-topped, cardamom-scented Turkish coffee.


Cafe Rakka sometimes stays open late on the weekend. Call for closing time.

Recommended Dishes

Vegetarian combo platter, $9.95; shish kebab platter (lamb and chicken), $12