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Caffe Falai

265 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012 40.723462 -73.99659
nr. Prince St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-274-8615 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Dessert / Ice Cream Shop, Italian, Soup & Sandwich
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Nearby Subway Stops

N, R at Prince St.; 6 at Spring St.



Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch - Daily
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Great Desserts
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Take-Out


  • Beer and Wine Only


Accepted/Not Necessary


This venue is closed.

Former Le Cirque pastry chef Iacopo Falai—also behind Falai Panetteria—continues on his savory streak with this Italian café that highlights fresh-baked breads. The teeny space preserves the chef’s sleek style: all-white walls and tables, a glossy tiled floor, and a row of sparkling chandeliers divide the dining area from the bustling open kitchen. With little room to maneuver, cooks press panini made with signature foccacia and bake egg cocottes throughout the day. Assembled antipasti from mozzarella-and-tomato salad to baby octopus tossed with white beans supplement the evening menu, along with simple homemade pastas like pumpkin pappardelle with wild boar rago. For dessert, renditions of fluffy tiramisu and flourless dark chocolate cake are classically stellar, and Falai’s own creation, the Spring Dome, balances a light, nutty pistachio cake with creamy layers of citrus and raspberry filling.

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