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Cafeteria

119 Seventh Ave., New York, NY, 10010
at 17th St.
212-414-1717

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

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49% would go back.

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It's all Fabulousness and Your a part of It!

By Danalleva on 1/11/2004

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

Glorified diner goes Style Fab crazy in this all too fabulous neighborhood were the staff is so fabulous and wonderful they might forget about the other people in the world. The unprepared raw ingredients sitting in their warehouse all clamour to get a chance to be scene and served at this hot place. Even the food served begins to feel fabulous even though it's very ordinary. Who cares if the food is either too hot or too cold or too salty your simply fabulous for coming here in the first place - and that's the most important reason for eating at this place. Of course your politicaly correct and yes, fabulous! After all, who eats nowadays anyway...right? Get the idea?

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726 out of 1314 people found this review helpful.

Innovative menu at reasonable prices

By zeecee on 4/4/2004

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 3
  • Yes, I would go back!

The service can be frustrating as if the place is busy, you may wait longer than you'd like to. But they do have large, good salads, a nice selection of brunch, lunch and dinner dishes at affordable prices. You'll find things like salmon hash along with omelettes, sandwiches, etc. In a neighborhood short of decent places to eat, Cafeteria is a good stand-by, a place you'll find something you want even though the help is clearly not professional. But it's better than the fast food places and you can sit and talk, end up shmoozing over a latte and be fine.

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640 out of 1271 people found this review helpful.

Rave Rave Rave!!!

By skyblu on 6/11/2004

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

This is my new favorite restaurant in NY. Since my first visit a few weeks ago, I have been taking all of my worthy friends. Brunch is to die for. Order the silver dollar pancakes as an appetizer so that you can also order egg dishes (skip the omelettes and go for the crabcake benedict or veggie tower). And/or consider getting the mac 'n' cheese (best in town) to share with the whole table...everyone will want a bite and at these prices, why not? For those of you who like to dine with the stars...I had lunch last weekend at the table next to Hugh Jackman. He had to host the Tony Awards later that night so it's clear he wanted a fabulous meal to put him in a fabulous mood! Cafeteria is just the place (can you tell its my new favorite???)

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637 out of 1336 people found this review helpful.

Cozie Food: Nice Atmosphere

By deaghaidhcjjd on 3/4/2005

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

The food is mostly redone comfort foods. Many are good, but they are not all "just like mama" made. The macaroni and cheese is highly recommended, as is the country fried steak with homemade gravy.

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609 out of 1173 people found this review helpful.

Food great, servers rude!!

By ajgsteps on 4/25/2005

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

I've been to Cafeteria a few times. This last time was the last. I've never had a pleasant server at Cafeteria. Everyone is very snobby that works there. It's a shame the food is so great.

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604 out of 1264 people found this review helpful.

Bad Service = Bad Experience

By ld1974 on 5/19/2005

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

I had a good experience up until the point when the busboy spilled an entire coke in my lap. It was handled VERY unprofessionally. The manager told me I could get the skirt drycleaned and bring in the receipt for reimbursement. Any quality restaurant would have proactively addressed the situation. I spent $250 at this restaurant. They could have at least thrown in a free dessert or glass of wine! Furthermore, they were rude about it and acted like it was really about the money. It was about the principle of good service - which clearly they do not get.

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674 out of 1262 people found this review helpful.

Fine, but ignore the hype

By reviewer_212 on 6/3/2005

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

Comfortable, non-pretentious atmosphere, while still remaining hip. The food was tasty, but contrary to the hype it was not something I will be writing home about. I had the ceaser's salad with chicken which was delicious and they make a good coffee too. The service was attentive, careful to refill water glasses and each course came quickly. However, some of the waiters did seem a bit snobby. I would go again for a casual lunch, but won't be rushing back, still seeking to find something better in a neighbourhood which is lacking great, casual restaurants.

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594 out of 1225 people found this review helpful.

Your local P.S. has a better cafeteria than this...

By focaccia9 on 12/16/2005

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

I've been here only a few times as a Midwestern expat now rolling in the big city. First of all, can we just nix the baby blue and brown polyester, people?! The worst eyesore ever to see gay guys dressed so poorly. That is probably why the service is sub-par -- the management makes them wear that crap! The food is okay if a bit on the salty side; the mac 'n' cheese is good but not phenomenal as some people claim. The hostesses are D-list model wannabes without a hint of propriety or friendliness. This place is soo over; I honestly doubt it ever 'was'.

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685 out of 1321 people found this review helpful.

Service, what service?

By freejhk on 8/24/2007

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

3 years ago I vowed never to come back, but one night, after a tiring, long day showing my cousin from out-of-country, and my l-t memory was purged, a random thought entered my brain - what a great idea to take her to this hip, comfort food joint. I was reminded IMMEDiately, why I vowed never to return. It took 15 minutes before someone took our drink order, and another 15-20 minutes before they arrived. My martini was warm, and my cousin's bellini were warm! The appetizers arrived late, and before we were even 1/2 way through them, the entrees arrived and they RUSHED us to finish our appetizers! Our server was pleasant, but she shouldn't have spend most of her time talking to her friends. Food is okay, nothing spectacular.

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528 out of 1057 people found this review helpful.

A "MUST" Taste Spot in The City!!!

By Tyheesha on 12/4/2007

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

The Cafeteria is an excellent place to go eat. Especially after a night out in Manhattan, and you want GREAT food! Unlike these other reviews, the service is not horrible. The staff is very friendly and curtious. I haven't come across any "snobby" staff members yet and I've been there over 20 times. The macaroni and cheese is a MUST HAVE when you go there. Try it for yourself. Give it a chance. You won't regret it.

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252 out of 488 people found this review helpful.

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