Party Earth Review The name may evoke memories of plastic trays, long lines, and globs of gelatinous stew, but Cafeteria – with its mod-cubist interior and upscale twists on American comfort food – certainly doesn’t look like the average... ... read full review
119 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10011
A, C, E, L: 14th Street / 8th Avenue; 1, 2: 18th Street / 7th Avenue
Chelsea / Flatiron, New York –
The name may evoke memories of plastic trays, long lines, and globs of gelatinous stew, but Cafeteria – with its mod-cubist interior and upscale twists on American comfort food – certainly doesn’t look like the average school lunchroom.
Launched in 1998, the venue remains a local Chelsea favorite, hosting a lively trendy crowd around the clock.
Mornings see lots of well-dressed commuters and hip college kids chilling on the sidewalk patio over silver dollar pancakes, as groups of fancy ladies with overflowing designer bags soon stop in to fuel up on smoked gouda and bacon before venturing back to the shops.
A minimalist décor of tightly spaced tables and cozy white vinyl banquettes keeps the emphasis in this bi-level venue strictly on food and friends, so while the ambient electronica is loud, the patrons’ conversation is always louder.
Breakfast plates at all hours and a high-volume atmosphere clearly attract those with grumbling stomachs after a night of dancing, and indeed there’s usually a rush between 3 and 5am when bleary-eyed clubbers stumble in to devour signature chicken and waffles and toss back a couple cocktails.
Day or night, the chance of spotting a celebrity scarfing down mac & cheese at a nearby table is as likely as spying two old friends reuniting over childhood lunch favorites.
High fashion or low key – it can all be found at Cafeteria, a trendy-meets-casual joint with a motto meant to remind everyone of that unifying fact: You Are. You Eat.
Lively mix of trendy Chelsea-ites, stylish college students, pre- and post-clubbers, dapper commuters from the surrounding boroughs, and celebratory groups, early 20s to mid-30s.
Loud electronica throughout the venue.
Large menu featuring upscale twists on American comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including pancakes, croissant French toast, mac & cheese, burgers, and salads. Daily specials.
Slightly smaller menu available at all hours. Full breakfast menu served daily until 5pm, limited breakfast plates after.
Appetizers $6–$13, salads $10–$16+, sandwiches $9–$15, entrées $10–$20, desserts $7–$12.
Beer $8–$12, wine $9–$12+, cocktails $11–$14, mocktails (non-alcoholic fruit drinks) $5–$6, carafes (mojitos, sangria, and Pimm’s) $18–$30
Hip casual to dressy: Cool sweaters, blazers, Zara suits, button-downs, jeans with a classy shirt, designer tops with accessories to match, heels, flats.
Thursday through Saturday nights for the biggest crowd of stylish nightlife attendees both pre- and post-gaming, or any warm morning for a big breakfast and people-watching on the sidewalk patio.
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