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Cafe Colonial

276 Elizabeth St., New York, NY, 10012
at Houston St.

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Food: 6
Service: 5
Décor: 7
"Mixed Reviews"

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25% would go back.

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honestly not worth it

By nynative88 on 2/10/2010

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

It looks charming and inside, it certainly is. Cafe Colonial has a wonderful atmosphere but the food is not so good. We ordered a bottle of wine and the waitress came and said, "this" and then didn't pour our glasses. The service was not slow but not friendly. Not rude necessarily rude, just stand-offish. The food---not exciting at all and has some weird pairings. I ordered chicken which was overcooked and covered in metallic-tasting capers and olives. Don't think I'll really be going back.

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110 out of 216 people found this review helpful.

Nice Ambiance, Decent Service, Pricey but Good Food

By ninak87 on 10/22/2008

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

I can't speak about the dinner menu, but Cafe Colonial seems like a perfectly fine place to catch a midmorning brunch. It is a small space, with rustic-looking wooden tables and original prewar tin walls and ceiling. The space is surely crowded (patrons and wait staff have to regularly sidestep each other since there is little room to move) but the service and food was acceptable, even good. I had a cappuccino and split the banana french toast with a friend, while another had the pulled pork sandwich. The banana french toast ($12) was good (but then again, it's kind of hard to make sugar-coated bread taste bad), though I was a bit disappointed because the menu said it would be made on Challah and it arrived on regular ol' sliced bread. For its part, the pulled pork sandwich ($13) was succulent and flavorful, served on a dense, chewy Portuguese roll with salad greens and roast corn. The cappuccinos were delicious ($3.50 each), and the waitstaff was even nice enough to replace mine after I accidentally spilled it! Not super memorable, but a nice old-world ambiance for people-watching and coffee.

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Not the top of our list

By lednimedved on 6/23/2008

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

My wife and I were heading to Angelica to see a movie and thought we'd give it a shot based on the menu. We made a Friday night reservation. The man on the phone was polite and accomodating. We arrived on time and were seated immediately. The restaurant is very casual and borders on cramped. We ordered two excellent cocktails (pear mojito and pomegranite maragarita), but at $9 each, on the small side. The entrees were fresh but flavorless. The beef stew tasted like it was from an Indian buffet and the seafood in coconut milk tasted starchy and coconut milk-less! No oomph like you would expect from Brazilian food. The bread pudding was ordinary. The side of fried yucca was perfect. Other dishes sounded enticing but it was not good enough for a return visit with so many places to try. The service was good but not great. Cocktails only? Definitely!

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104 out of 209 people found this review helpful.


By sayvny on 6/2/2008

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: (NA)
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: (NA)
  • No, I would not go back!

I have never written a review before, but I feel obliged to do so after how I was treated this morning. I went to cafe colonial at 10am on a monday morning. I was hoping to enjoy the atmosphere and have a latte while reading some articles for work. I planned to stay for no more than an hour. There were 8 customers and out of a total of 15 tables, there were 12 open tables. Within 25 minutes, I was approached by the manager and told that it was an "eating restaurant" and that I was required to eat or I should leave. I found this to be amazingly rude and inappropriate. If the cafe had been busy, I would entirely understand. But with only 8 customers and 12 open tables, it was outrageous. It's now not surprising why no one was there. I will certainly never return.

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