• Olive Tree Cafe

  • Cafes Middle Eastern American Traditional $5.25-$13
  • 117 MacDougal St.
    New York, NY 10012
  • Neighborhood: West Village
  • Phone: 212-254-3480
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Olive Tree Café is an amiable hangout housed atop the Comedy Cellar, the famed stand-up stage where new talent sweats and SNL and Comedy Central vets try out new material. Students, tourists, comedy junkies, and late-night partygoers crowd the cavernous restaurant each night, filling red vinyl banquettes and slate tables and chairs beneath domed, multi-colored lamps and dimly lit pencil drawings on wood-paneled walls. It's an ideal venue for blind dates or reunions: Slate tabletops with bowls of chalk, silent Chaplin movies on a giant projected screen near the bar, and live performances downstairs, which provide plenty of opportunities to escape from potentially awkward moments. If only the menu could live up to the atmosphere. Instead, like cliché-riddled comedy routines, dry burgers, watery shakes, huge bowls of beef borscht (heavy on the grease, light on the beef), and thoroughly Americanized, deep-fried falafel balls feel bland and unfulfilling. The Nutty Monk, a creamy concoction of frangelica, amaretto, Bailey's and cream, or a strong White Russian Shake, are remedies for such disappointments. And even if the meal isn’t up to par, don’t under-tip the servers—they're likely hustling for their golden moments on the stage downstairs.
  • Hours

    Daily, 11am-2am

  • Prices


  • Payment

    American Express MasterCard Visa

  • Special Features

    Bar Scene Dine at the Bar Good for Groups Celeb-Spotting Late-Night Dining

  • Alcohol

    Full Bar

  • Reservations

    Not Accepted

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