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The Coffee Shop

29 Union Sq. West, New York, NY, 10003
at 16th St.
212-243-7969

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5
Food: 5
Service: 4
Décor: 5
"Mixed Reviews"

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54% would go back.

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Douchebags unite!

By NYerfromtheD on 1/13/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

This place is totally useless. The food is 'meh' and overpriced, the service is terrible, it's full of model-wannabe douchebags, and if you're not pretty, everyone--the staff in particular--could care less about you and will make it known. It's the type of place that stays in business simply because certain "popular kids" say it's cool. It's not. You'd be better off at the Olive Garden.

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93 out of 190 people found this review helpful.

This place isn't that good

By chileandime on 6/8/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

I've been going to this place for a while and I thought it was great.. sunday night (6/7/09) there was a rude manager who i thought was a regular employee with issues.. He was sooo rude to us (a group of 4)... He didnt know about c. service and I really think he messed up the restaurant.. everyone else was sooo niceee.. I believe he needs some education and good manners

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116 out of 204 people found this review helpful.

Worst Waitress I've Ever Had

By audreyNYC on 4/15/2012

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

My friend and I came here after a day of shopping and going to the spa. So we were in a fairly good mood. The hostess mumbled for us to follow her. Our waitress 'Jessie' was not even dressed like one. Not that that's super important but it just added to her whole "I don't give a f*ck" attitude. All this girl had to do was take our order, bring drinks, and our check. She barely spoke, I had to ask for silverware because there was only one set on the table. My friend wanted to know if they had something on the menu and after the waitress went and asked someone she said (as she walked by without stopping) "Yeah we don't have that anymore." She didn't ask if we were ready to order or anything. After our food came she never asked how it was. I mean this girl could care less, and had no personality. She also did not tell us mimosa's were $11, which I found a bit pricey for OJ and cheap champagne. Anyway, I didn't leave her a tip, which I have NEVER done in my life. I was a waitress and a hostess before and I've lived in the city before and I've never seen such behavior. She got 10% and that's only because my friend left her a tip. I would go back to the lounge because I have been there before and it was nice. However, I would not return here for food.

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54 out of 113 people found this review helpful.

flip-flop

By Graciefully_Me on 4/25/2005

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

I went a while back, and had a great time, kicked back in the corner and it was a very pleasant experience. I've gone back every once in awhile, and though I enjoy their brunch, I can't say that I think anything fabulous of it. I hate the waitstaff, and avoid them as muchas I can, this includes the hosts/hostesses and just about everybody else. Not pleasant anymore.

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411 out of 841 people found this review helpful.

din & out

By jb73200 on 9/6/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

Went with six friends on a Friday night, made reservations and immediately seated. Not very crowded, but a good amount of people in the place. Drinks took a very long time to come, as did the food. Our female, non-model waitress, (the group was 6 girls) bordered on rude. The food was fine, mildly creative menu and good value for the price. The drinks were flavorful but not very alcoholic. On my next trip, I will stick to wine/beer. This is a fun place to go with a few friends for dinner and drinks. Don't expect and intimate meal, the place gets a bit loud, and without a doubt it's an attractive crowd.

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59 out of 119 people found this review helpful.

I Love this Place!

By Skye22 on 8/12/2012

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

This was my second time going to the Coffee Shop since 3 years ago. The place is very mellow and I thought it was a cool spot to go on a first date, which my "date" loved and said he would go back again. I had the delicious Grilled Chicken Quesadilla with a lovely Mojito drink...hmmmm yummy is all I can say! Overall, we enjoyed ourselves, the food, and the people. By the way...the service was excellent, we were seated immediately at the bar (our choice) and our bartender was pleasant. Not to mention, our food were served to us in literally 10-15 mins. I can't wait to go back!

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45 out of 85 people found this review helpful.

fun menu, mediocre food, lovely server

By EatingNick on 12/12/2012

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

I was excited about this menu as I am Brazilian and there's a lot of Brazilian stuff there. Unfortunately the food was pretty bland and far from satisfying. Ceviche was decent, but the Moqueca Stew wasn't as spicy as it should be - not just in terms of being hot, it's just that it's supposed to be succulent, bursting with flavor, and in some cases on the spicy side. This one was simply bland, I suspect some key ingredients just weren't in there. Same goes for the Shrimp Baiano, not just flavor but also the shrimp was overcooked (too stiff and chewy). For regular diner prices would have been semi-decent, but for $100 dinner for two (2 drinks, an appetizer, and two entrees, + 18% tip), it was kind of a stab and left us both bitter and disappointed. At least the service was fast and efficient and I saw one of the prettiest servers I've yet to see in Manhattan, might go back then to try something different on the menu ;-)

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44 out of 89 people found this review helpful.

Workplace for models

By Marchie2003 on 9/26/2003

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

Coffee Shop is known to house the most beatiful women trying to break it in the world of top model, but that's not why this place urks me. It's a little too pretentious. The woman who stand at the front, waiting to seet you, look dreadfully bored. Like they should be sipping mojito's on a photo shoot in Miami, not "acting" like a hostess at a coffee shop in New York. At night this place gets packed with the young, hip and trendy city dwellers. During the day it's a mix of tourists and business people. I've gone there to eat for lunch only. It was decent food, like an upscale diner. Nothin' special, expect for the 6 foot, Niaomi Campbell look a like who politley served us our lunch.

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355 out of 765 people found this review helpful.

hot waitress, warm food

By yougotjohn on 8/14/2009

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

I used to go there all the time... and if any reader can remind or inform me as to the last name of a beautiful korean waitress named "Katherine"; I would be grateful:) She worked there '92-94... long silky hair and very nice person. anyway, i was just remembering my trips there... met one of my girlfriends there... over all it's a chic place, food is ok, and yes, beautiful people serve food. what's not to like wrapped up in a convenient location? you could do worse...

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108 out of 225 people found this review helpful.

Overpriced Diner

By gjl137 on 2/26/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

The Coffee Shop is an overpriced diner in my opinion. I've come here a couple times for lunch and I thought a burger would be a safe bet. Sadly, the burgers taste like frozen burgers you can buy at Food Emporium. Everything on the menu is overpriced. The one redeeming factor is on the weekends the bar has a decent clientele. I would possibly come back for HH but not for lunch/dinner.

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