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The Cleveland

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25 Cleveland Pl., New York, NY 10012 40.721807 -73.996974
nr. Spring St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-274-0900 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, Mediterranean
  • Price Range: $$$

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    8 out of 10


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Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Spring St.; N, R at Prince St.; J, Z at Bowery


$14 –$29

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Online Ordering


  • Beer and Wine Only


Accepted/Not Necessary


This venue is closed.

When The Cleveland opened in early 2013, it was a darling little place to enjoy a light meal, but now it has an ambitious food program to match its charming decor. Max Sussman, formerly of Roberta’s, has overhauled the menu—and his cooking is fantastic. A former vegan, he kills it with vegetable-focused dishes, like the lentil-pistachio spread, which comes with fresh-out-of-the-oven pumpernickel pita; and while it’s certainly easy to eat a healthy meal here, those wanting heartier food can opt for the dry-aged burger or the excellent steak with duck-fat potatoes. Sussman’s also a pro at cooking pasta: It’s hard to pick between the very nice tagliatelle with smoked sable and clam broth (like Russ & Daughters in pasta form) and the cavatelli with lamb ragu and lentils. This is the kind of restaurant where you'll want to linger: The servers are super-friendly, the atmosphere’s relaxed, and there’s even a pretty garden open in the warmer months. For dessert, order the outstanding halvah with sesame candy (both homemade) served alongside tropical fruit and milk-chocolate-malt gelato, and a few more glasses of wine.