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71 Irving Place Coffee & Tea Bar

71 Irving Pl., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 19th St.
212-995-5252

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6
Food: 6
Service: 5
Décor: 7
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Disappointing and pretentious

By ohohnyc on 3/22/2013

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Echoing the comments of some other reviewers . . . I, too, always want to give this place "another chance" because I love the idea of it: a cozy neighborhood cafe with great coffee. Unfortunately, every time I go, I leave feeling annoyed and regretful to have spent money there. The people working there are pretentious and obnoxious, as if they are putting on a play and customers are forced to be the audience. One man in particular is so loud it's impossible to enjoy a coffee without hearing him loudly talk in a theatrical way behind the counter. The problem is the 'regulars' are just as annoying -- loud, obnoxious, and completely oblivious to anyone not in their club. Good coffee but if you are affected by atmosphere, don't go here -- a lot of negative energy.

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34 out of 58 people found this review helpful.

Perfect neighborhood spot for a good cup of joe

By jmact on 1/17/2013

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

This isn't the place I go to for a heavy meal, and it can get packed, so sometimes I don't want to hang around for too long. But the coffee is outstanding, and the service has always been great from my experience. I also love the lively music they play. Who can beat sipping on a rich latte while listening to "Funky Boss" by the Beastie Boys? NYC at its best!

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25 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

Curt owners, stale cake

By Irv on 3/9/2012

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I've lived in the neighborhood for years, and every time I give this place another chance I regret it. The people who work there are never nice, and the pastries, which are expensive, are often old and stale.

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45 out of 93 people found this review helpful.

Kinda pricey, but a cool hang-out

By ajw18 on 4/11/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

This place is right next to Gramercy Park, and the prices follow. For a pastry and a coffee, it will cost you around $8-$9. It can get pretty crowded, and it is a very intimate setting especially if you can grab a nook at night. With good company, this place is a very fun.

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92 out of 188 people found this review helpful.

Snobby owners, always get the order wrong

By sh281 on 10/1/2008

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

The place is too expensive for what it is ($4.65 for a chai, please), they ALWAYS get the order wrong, it takes forever to get something and despite my co-workers and I sticking it out and going back numerous times the staff was always rude (well, not the guy, just the women really). The person before me ordered and was confused about the menu (rightly so, since it is BEHIND you as you stand in line, not in front of you) and the women and the counter was rude to him, then before taking my order made fun of him. This place needs a serious attitude adjustment. But they are the kind of place that if they heard that would say I needed one. They are really obnoxious and the food is only so-so.

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107 out of 192 people found this review helpful.

Kicked out for reading the paper???

By eleveille87 on 5/4/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

I've been a frequent customer for years now and I was recently asked to leave, after I'd eaten a good breakfast there, for not wanting to buy anything else. The manager said other people needed my table, while there were clearly other customers doing the exact same thing around me. Tell me the point of a cafe if you can't sit down and relax for a bit? What is this, McDonalds? Never going back again.

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122 out of 232 people found this review helpful.

Yaummy food and tea

By jclark75 on 11/20/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

IÂ’ve been there only once and though is not a typical restaurant the food is really yummy, I can recommend Genoa salami with peprer, tomatoes and vinegar on ciabatta. Plus extensive variety of teas if somebody doesnÂ’t like coffee.

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168 out of 313 people found this review helpful.

Cozy Hideout

By Pudgy on 12/30/2002

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

It's almost impossible to get in, but when you can get a seat, the atmosphere inside is warm and inviting. The food is quite tasty as well.

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313 out of 628 people found this review helpful.

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