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Yaffa Cafe

97 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY, 10009
nr. First Ave.
212-674-9302

Avg. Rating

8
Food: 8
Service: 8
Décor: 10
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

82% would go back.

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cool first date spot

By pharoah487 on 12/30/2010

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

Yup, I took them all there!! Glad there were plenty. Made it so I could eat at Yaffa over and over again. Lol! Yes to the carrot dressing, desserts, excellent service, the decor. And few things beat the specialness of the East Village.

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62 out of 121 people found this review helpful.

A True place for us night cats

By shlush3 on 7/14/2010

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

The place is decorated like nothing i've seen before!! it's like dinning in a retro museum. The food is good and not expensive (which for us poor students is very important). Absolutely love the carrot dressing they have--- it's a must to try.

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76 out of 143 people found this review helpful.

Bohemian & cool forever

By lika on 6/15/2010

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

Yaffa is there .No doubt. Unique and different. Especially Now when the East Village is not what it used to be.The garden is a gem ,like an oasis in the middle of traffic jam.The food is good and u get allot of it, I like the chicken dijon .You can seat with your laptop and relax.Inside is as colorful as u can get,eclectic people parading in front of u 24 hours a day. Oh i forgot the legendary carrot dressing, it rocks.Yaffa is a grate experience! I reccomend warmly!

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66 out of 144 people found this review helpful.

Fantastic

By mellymel on 9/11/2009

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

I was just introduced to this place a few months ago, and I'm kicking myself for not finding it sooner. The food is amazing (although I have to agree with Joannab on the spinich crepe, unless you LOVE spinich, it's really the only thing in there). To try- Spinich Ravioli, Fettucini, the entire dessert menu and ANYTHING with the carrot dressing...you know what? Just drink the stuff, it's that good. The decor is fun and funky, and may throw you off at first glance, as it doesn't do the place justice, but if its a nice night, sit out back. The patio is amazing - large enough for a big party, but intimate enough that you can hear eachother talk. Service - we've had some amazing waiters (including mustache man...you know who you are, we love you) and they make the place jump. As far as value goes - I've gone with groups of 5 or 6, had apps and pitchers of sangria and not topped $150. Its fantastic. GO THERE NOW.

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234 out of 346 people found this review helpful.

don't eat there

By joannab on 7/29/2009

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

The atmosphere is wonderful. I would recommend going for a drink BUT don't touch the food I ordered the spinach crepes. It was easily the worst thing I've eaten in NYC. Besides the crepe being completely tasteless and soggy, the filling tasted & looked like someone just microwaved some frozen spinach and called it a day.

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98 out of 207 people found this review helpful.

A place to bring Mom.

By sgtsin on 10/31/2008

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

I do go into Manhatten at all with few exceptions, Yaffa is one of them. Mostely I am in Brooklyn, and for a place to pique my interest they have to be good, I like to cook, so I do look for a place that has good food, great staff and atmoshere. Not to mention, I like coffee, and theirs is worthy enough to take out a cup and walk by Starbucks with my head held high. For me Yaffa can and will be one of the only reasons I cross the river.

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103 out of 212 people found this review helpful.

my "place"

By KellyRaz on 9/1/2008

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

my friends and i have come to yaffa for every new years and birthday since freshman year of HS (10 years!) the crepes are my favorite, and the waitstaff is chill and friendly. if its nice out ask to eat in the garden outside. the lights are beautiful and its so huge you forget youre in the east village! its the only place that will accomodate 15 people without a reservation on new years eve and be patient with alcohol spilling and loud conversations. go there...but dont take my table!

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93 out of 202 people found this review helpful.

I love this place

By jamesviola79 on 10/25/2007

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

One of the (many) great reasons to live in the East Village, and the perfect post-anything after-hours venue. As the giant mural outside screams, the Yaffa Cafe is "open all nite", and the 80s downtown vibe continues inside with its quirky decor and unexpected music. Where else can you enjoy a glass of hot chocolate at four in the morning while listening to the Sugarcubes?

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234 out of 469 people found this review helpful.

Great Atmosphere

By dagreat1 on 1/10/2006

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

Its the perfect place to go to when ur comin back from the bar to sober up. Cheap food which is good especially the chicked fingers. Good service which deals wit me and my friends while we are trashed. lot of fun when ur drunk. also the free condoms always comin in hand for the subway home!1

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349 out of 724 people found this review helpful.

The Guided Tour

By JeffHardin on 8/17/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I went to Yaffa in early August 2005. It was my first time in New York, but my girl friend is from there and showed me around. Yaffa is her favorite place. The food was excellent, the decor original and the atmosphere seedy (a good thing). The carrot dressing was great. We didn't get a chance to use the complimentary condom, but we kept it as a souvenir.

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