Skip to content, or skip to search.

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Home > Restaurants > Zabar's Café

Zabar's Café

2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024 40.784741 -73.979468
at 80th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-787-2000 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: American Traditional, Soup & Sandwich
  • Price Range: $

    Key to Prices and ratings

    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    8 out of 10


    2 Reviews | Write a Review

Photo by Shanna Ravindra

Share this listing

Official Website


Mon-Fri, 7am-7pm; Sat, 7:30am-7pm; Sun, 8am-6pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at 79th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out


  • No Alcohol


Not Accepted


Fast, cheap, and in control: Zabar's Café can steer you through a deli meal for under $10 in less than 15 minutes. The window-wrapped corner space is in the same building as Zabar’s, but there's no direct access between the two. It's half self-service, half counter-service. The sandwiches are simple: Chicken salad on health bread is just that, no toppings. Choices from the Zabar across town, Eli's, include a vinegery lentil salad on ciabatta bread. At the counter, you can order something not encased in plastic, like a plump cheese blintz. Matzoh ball soup is always on hand, but the chilly centers of the matzoh balls make this a less-than-successful comfort food. Sullivan Street Bakery's pizza may be a worse for wear from its trip uptown—the crust gets tough—but the rosemary-sprinkled potato-and-onion squares are still satisfying. You can sit at the communal table or the counter facing the street. There's a quick seat-turnover rate among parents-with-toddlers and tourists comparison-tasting cheesecakes.


There's an all-day run on the $6.95 breakfast special: a bagel with cream cheese and nova (lightly cured and cold-smoked) salmon, a small orange juice, and a small cup of coffee.

Recommended Dishes

Sullivan Street Bakery pizza slice, $3; cheese blintz, $2.25; nova salmon sandwich, $4.95