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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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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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110 out of 228 people found this review helpful.

kid-friendly?! humor me

By carina_uhc on 7/29/2009

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

Their service is disgusting, starting by the futile crew of waitresses. Who the hell do they think they are?! Why is this place described as 'kid-friendly' if their slow staff look at your kids with annoyance? The food is not impressive, and it might arrive to your table already cold. They also took 20 min to bring 3 scoops of ice cream in the end. How useless those employees can be?! Don't bring your kids, they'll be upset. Don't bring another people, they'll be annoyed and you'll be embarrassed. Go to Casa if you are looking for Brazilian food.

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146 out of 257 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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117 out of 205 people found this review helpful.

So worth it!

By niknak99 on 3/11/2009

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

I spent almost one meal a week at coffee shop this summer. The food is definitely diner-y. But can you beat the deal considering the view? Amazing people watching in an awesome part of town, with a really good turkey burger or a bangin' cobb salad, pao de quiejo, and perfect mojitos. And the waitstaff is not nearly as bad as EVERYONE seems to think! I've always had nice, friendly, servers, who were personable and cheerful. Really nice people. Bottom line: Great expectations, great disappointments. Expect a chill time, with relatively cheap food, and a great view.

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110 out of 205 people found this review helpful.

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 191 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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60 out of 122 people found this review helpful.

Worst service ever

By cm1800 on 8/13/2008

  • Overall Rating: 0
  • Food: (NA)
  • Service: (NA)
  • Décor: (NA)
  • No, I would not go back!

Wait staff unresponsive and rude. Service slow. Worse service ever.

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70 out of 130 people found this review helpful.

How many idiots does it take to set a table???

By Albert_NYC on 4/3/2008

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: (NA)
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

Walked into coffee shop (which was nearly empty) this morning around 10:30 for breakfast. We were a table of 6, and two from our party arrived 10-15 minutes earlier and alerted the hostess to the number of our party. She said "no problem. we'll give you a nice table as soon as everyone arrives." The rest arrived and we were told to wait another couple minutes. Finally the female Maitre D, came over and said they were setting up a back room for us and it would take 2 min. A few minutes later, the Maitre D comes over and say its going to be 20 minutes till they can set the back room! We mentioned that they had already had 15 minutes to arrange something. Her response "I am the Maitre D. I decide where to seat people." We walked out. How hard is it to set a table and feed 6 people? Apparently at Coffee shop, its impossible.

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79 out of 139 people found this review helpful.

A neat trendy lunch spot

By MotorCityMojo on 7/27/2007

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

If you don't mind how packed it is here, it's a nice casual place for lunch at reasonable prices. The staff is great to look at, but it would be nice if they looked at my table to notice my drink is empty and offer some faster service. My burger was tasty and juicy and had fresh trimmings, and the herbed fries were very crispy and tasty. Some great daily offerings on the menu too. The music is a little loud but it seems like a great scene and I'll definitely check it out again late night.

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278 out of 520 people found this review helpful.

what happened?

By foode4 on 3/13/2007

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

I worked in the flatiron area for most of the 1990's.Coffee shop was a favorite lunch/brunch spot.The model slash actor waiting to be discovered,great to look at but vacant when needed for service,was made up for with the surprisingly tasty simplefood.I loved the meatloaf,fishtacos,bbq chix sand and whipped potato.The dessert was always on the money,especially the pies.Fejoda and samba,fantastic.After a 5yr absence,I came in this Aug.with friends from Canada.What happened?!!No samba,the food cold bland and tired.banana cream cement?I was embarrassed,at least the staff is still smokin hot,although our server was rude and bothered by my friends Quebec accent.She assumed we were Euros and reminded us to tip.Either the kitchen has changed hands or they have just slid down to be closer to the level of the young pretty little things.The drinks were the highlight of the day,they helped wash down our meals and smoothed our mood.The next time we'll grab a hotdog on the corner first,then people watch over cocktails,location is the only reson to come back.

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