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Kitchenette

156 Chambers St., New York, NY, 10007
nr. Greenwich St.
212-267-6740

Avg. Rating

6
Food: 6
Service: 5
Décor: 7
"Mixed Reviews"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

53% would go back.

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Consistently good, but slipping?

By colpo on 4/24/2003

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

"Wonderful place. Fresh eggs, bacon and baked goods originate in a small kitchen to the side. Pies and cakes near the fron get your mouth watering. Charming seating area. Good coffee." That was my original review. Lately, though, I've started to take my breakfasts at Square Diner (same neighborhood, up a couple blocks). While S/D's coffee is inferior, their French Toast and sausage are far, far superior of late, and the value can't be beat. My expectations of Kitchenette run pretty high, almost as high as their prices. The grapefruit juice alone would bankrupt a single mother. My last meal there, a breakfast of french toast with strawberries, bacon, and the aforementioned juice, ran close to $20 with tip! Apart from the cost, the french toast was flat-out DREARY!! -- a bit flattened, not glistening with just-made freshness. I don't even recall it being that hot. The bacon was whatever, inferior to the stuff at Good Enough to Eat uptown. And of course, there was the jeweler's choice juice. I don't know if it's still worth it.

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390 out of 796 people found this review helpful.

Just like Mother's

By snappyaunt1 on 10/20/2003

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

The cakes and pies just like Mother's, if she could bake. Simple and straight to the shoulder food. Nothing fancy but just good food. They deliver a great lunch too!

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403 out of 802 people found this review helpful.

Charming and Delicious

By pwaddell on 3/3/2005

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

The restaurant is charming and the wonderful baking smells reminded me of my grandmother's kitchen. The service was fast and cheerful and our breakfasts were perfectly prepared. This restaurant packs a lot into a very small space. I can't wait to return and try the lunch and dinner menus.

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355 out of 722 people found this review helpful.

Down home friendly neighborhood restuarant

By Gottahaveit on 12/18/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

We just moved into the neighborhood with our 2 kids and fell in love with the food and the friendly staff. They brought crayons for the kids and we got to enjoy our food! We go back every weekend.

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147 out of 308 people found this review helpful.

Cupcakes and treats.

By onthesearch on 3/8/2008

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

I'm constantly on the search for the great treats--excellent brownies, cupcakes, cookies, and cakes. Its a small hobby that I really enjoy. On one of my random walks I came across Kitchenette. It had a very inviting atmosphere from the outside and had a nice decor inside. But I was proved wrong unfortunately. I stood by the counter for a few minutes without being helped. Instead the waiter said excuse me so he could move past me. When I finally received help, I asked questions about what kind of cakes and cupcakes there were. I ended up picking up 2 random ones: 2 yellow caked cupcakes, one with just icing, and the other cream filled. After my purchase, I did not receive a thank you or anything along those lines. The cupcakes were decent, the selection looked good, but the service is lacking. It seems since I didn't have kids latched on, I was not treated as nicely as the others that were in. Disappointing! Good food is only as great as it's service. I guess the search continues..

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199 out of 388 people found this review helpful.

Reminds me of Hansel and Gretel

By SWILI on 3/9/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

This place reminds me of the story Hansel and Gretel because the food is fairly good (if overpriced) but the owner is like the old lady in the story--bring your kids in and she snarls at them. She was just plain rude to my kids, telling them to get out of her way! Frankly who cares about the food when the experience is such that your kids are afraid to go back? The kids are now calling it "Bitchenette!"

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158 out of 322 people found this review helpful.

Restaurants have egos, who knew?

By jaehall on 4/24/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 4
  • Yes, I would go back!

Living uptown, its hard to find a great brunch place. So when I went to kitchenette the first time, i really enjoyed it, but it was a slow day. I've been back on Sunday and let me tell you it can be a nightmare. 1) not all the tables are made to be eaten at so if you get a bad one youÂ’re screwed. 2) They fill that place up to the max and its surely a fire hazard and it makes eating a lil odd when you are seated closely to strangers. Lastly, the waiter takes your order and you often donÂ’t see him until your bill. That is my biggest pet peve! So much like the ppl above the service is def lacking, not in manners but in presence. If they could fix that, it would help! I get that they want to make as much money as possible in this economy, but squishing us all in there isnÂ’t a good thing. Take it for what its worth. i do love the sausage!

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154 out of 307 people found this review helpful.

Very disappointed

By ElissaN on 7/7/2009

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I'd heard great things about Kitchenette, but when my husband and I went there for breakfast a couple weeks ago, it was a huge let down. I ordered a waffle, and it was practically inedible. I didn't even eat a quarter of it, just ate the fruit off the top. Fortunately, I wasn't that hungry. My husband said his omelet was good, but the biscuit wasn't, and the peanut butter cookie we bought for a snack later was fine, but the waffle was soooo bad that I will never go back. Maybe the intern messed up the batter or someone was having a bad day, but they should be ashamed of the food they served me.

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173 out of 336 people found this review helpful.

Awful Food, Awful Attitude

By Shaps on 1/19/2010

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

The place may specialize in comfort food, but they do things their own way; and if you don't like it, that's your problem. The people at Kitchenette surely do not subscribe to the theory that the customer is always right. Menu items often do not fit the descriptions, but don't take issue with it, because if you complain their response will simply be "that's how we do it here." C'mon Kitchenette, it's not like you have Thomas Keller in the kitchen putting his spin on things. Make the food the way the diner expects it. Oh--and it's overpriced.

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169 out of 340 people found this review helpful.

Where is the old Kitchenette?

By jeremyhall on 3/1/2010

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

In a recent winter time in NYC we decide to order couple times from Kitchenette, our favorite place from the time we live in Tribeca from 1999 to 2004. But what happen? The restaurant not only moved from his original spot on WBroadway ,but seems like everything is changed. Most their signature dishs, like the Lemon Chicken, is less than a half in size that used to be, the cakes (we try 4) are dry and tasted old every single time and even the service and the staff looks to be change to worst. Where is that nice girl who used to take our orders from the phone every night? Where is that amazing brazilian guy who from about 5 years “always” delivery our food hot and perfect? Where is the old Kitchenette? We realy miss that place...

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