41 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY, 10003
nr. First Ave.
By alibrusch on 2/25/2012
My friends and I have gotten brunch here pretty often for the past 3 years or so. The food has always been great and there's a good vibe. Pancakes, french toast, Diana's Breakfast and most specials are good. Sadly, it's starting to lose its charm for me. It has gotten really busy and staff can be rude, slow and often forgetful. Brunch is a shitshow - get there before 10:30 or after 2 on weekends or do lunch/dinner during the week.
By username999 on 11/27/2010
I have been going to Cafe Orlin, my favorite restaurant in the East Village, since 2004. The follow items keep me coming back: Chicken Schnitzel with sauteed sweet potatoes and spinach; Hummus and pita; Orlin burger with goat cheese, salad, and french fries; Eggs Benedict; Eggs Florentine. In fact, I'm on my way today! The only con I can think of is that sometimes there is a wait, but the place seats a lot of people, so we usually walk right in. The crowd seems to lack children; mostly people in their twenties and up. The music is usually indie rock. The staff are very polite and on top of things. I hope this place stays open forever.
By mzscahlett on 8/20/2010
My daughter has been living in NYC for the past three years now, and she brought us here on our last visit for a goodbye brunch. I found the food fresh and tasty, the service prompt and pleasant. Will definitely return on my next visit to the Big A. There was a wait, but it was not long, maybe ten minutes, and I don't know of any small family brunch style restaurant that doesn't have a wait around that time of day. Prices seemed reasonable for NYC.
By brittanycarcova on 8/17/2010
Generic and certainly not worth the wait. This brunch spot is nothing above average and is slightly overpriced. The food seems indifferent: the Middle Eastern flavors are not nearly distinct enough and I was underwhelmed by my mushroom omelette, having could have been equally satisfied at any of the many nearby breakfast spots. The staff was pushy and unpleasant. Like I said, just not worth the time.
By NYCImbiber on 10/1/2009
I have been goiing on and off to this place for the last 10 years and despite staff turnover and other changes this place continues to deliver tasty food in a comfortable environment. Wish there were places like this.
By thenewyorkpour on 4/23/2009
Food is always fresh and consistently great! The brunch is amazing but don't miss out on their other meals of the day..everything on the menu is delicious!
By hipsterhottie on 11/11/2008
Good brunch place in the East Village, heads up they dont serve coffee though only espresso. I reccommend the fontina omlette, pumpkin pancakes, and the middle eastern eggs. The outdoor seating is not all that comfortable, heads up!
By eastvilvet on 6/8/2007
It has been my dependable brunch spot for me and friends a while now. I have lived in the east village for just over my 10 year "new yorker" quota and think Orlin marks the border of great east village cafes. From St. Mark havens like Orlin (marks, 1st/A) and Mogador (marks, 1st/A) to newer spots like Gramstand (A, 13/14), Westville(A, 11), Cafecito (C, 12/13th), and 9th Street Espresso (9th, C/D) the upper EV is indeed the best place in nyc to chill/chow with friends casually.
By pumkin237nyc on 6/23/2005
excellent food and ambience for your money. try the falafel dish with a glass of wine and you will be very happy!
By newyorkbrit on 3/29/2004
This seems to be a singles hangout, and certainly a first-date/speed-date area. Also the number of people with notebook computers in the restaurant is on the increase. It's a great place to come for a quick bite and a glass of wine, if you want quick and decent food. The burger is pretty succulent and cooked well, although Jules down the end of the road does a better job on the burger! I can't really vouch for much else on the menu - but it's decent, in a great location and you won't be ripped off.