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Café Select

212 Lafayette St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Spring St.

Avg. Rating

Food: 6
Service: 4
Décor: 7
"Mixed Reviews"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

75% would go back.

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Different experience

By mistergourmet on 10/20/2010

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

Well I like it... Attentive service, good simple food at affordable prices, airy ambience, and unusual wines from Alpine regions, making it unique in my book. Dunno why some folk are down on it. Could have done without the unpleasant duo at the next table whining incessantly about how everyone in London - my home - is (a) a lazy alcoholic, and (b) thinks they're superior. I had to order another lunchtime drink and cancel my meetings before lecturing them in a supercilious fashion...

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135 out of 254 people found this review helpful.

not altogether bad

By got_one_more on 10/17/2009

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

This place is plain cool. Despite of all the flak that it got from being associated with Serge Becker, it's a completely different beast from his other projects. Food is good, with swiss classics like roesti and schnitzel among the more adventuresome items like burrata with heirloom tomatoes and my favorite, mushrooms on grilled bread with a poached duck egg and asparagus, talk about decadent. Service can be off-putting, with a grouchy looking manager, and inattentive staff. Can be a pretty cheap place to eat if you're careful with what you're ordering. Lunches are definetely a bargain, most of the menu is under $15 and the sandwiches are killer

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190 out of 368 people found this review helpful.

I enjoyed it

By totally_over_it on 8/2/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I don't know why the other reviews here are so negative, but I really like cafe select. It's a bit sceney, but unpretentious about it (crowd is often very mixed, old and young, etc). The service could be improved, but the food is solid and reasonably priced. The schnitzel and the cauliflower salad are personal favorites.

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187 out of 414 people found this review helpful.

Swiss Service

By Atlantic_jeta1 on 7/24/2009

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

They seem to have imported everything except for the food quality. While Swiss restaurants tend to serve good quality food, service is almost always slow and unfriendly, unless you hit a top shelf place. Cafe Select seems to have imported all these bad qualities and paired with it with sub-standard food. Go to Switzerland if you want to wait 45 minutes for disappointing food in a half empty restaurant.

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