Cafe Pick Me Up

Cafe Pick Me Up

(Now Closed)
Restaurant, Café, and Coffee Shop$$$$
East Village, New York
80 Tips and reviews
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  • Lindsey N.
    Lindsey NagyMarch 30, 2014
    Super-homey; a quaint nook for a solo breakfast or couple-sized. Friendly, attentive staff will find you a seat when it gets full. Unique menu options and free wifi. Push bathroom door hard to open ;)
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle ElliotApril 13, 2015
    My favorite writing spot. Whether you're looking for tea, wine, juice or coffee, they've got a wide selection. Also good for a low-key breakfast - the egg sandwich is the best around.
  • Cody-Ann .
    Cody-Ann 👑💫November 13, 2014
    All day breakfast option on the menu. Cocktails good selection of fruit and vegetable juices. Pasta, pastries yum yum yum.
  • Mish and Rob
    Mish and RobMay 16, 2015
    Underwhelming iced tea, surly staff and iffy wifi are saved by a great location (opposite Tompkins Square Park), plenty of seats, and the world's best brownie.
  • Brita J.
    Brita JamesMarch 19, 2013
    Solid variety of baked goods...the New York Cheesecake is as good as the music selection which is to say, quite good! Try the Harney and Sons Early Grey.
  • Mish and Rob
    Mish and RobMay 17, 2015
    Underwhelming iced tea, surly staff and iffy wifi are rescued by a great location (opposite Tompkins Square Park), plenty of seats, and the world's best brownie.
  • Chelsea V.
    Chelsea VanceDecember 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great atmosphere, great loose leaf tea, but they charge for wifi and the bathroom situation is a bit weird. Love the booths in the back or sitting outside in the summertime.
  • Adam D.
    Adam D.April 28, 2014
    Be warned if you plan to come here to get work done, the wifi is consistently and notoriously slow and unstable. That problem aside, it's a great daytime working atmosphere.
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuAugust 10, 2014
    Nice sidewalk cafe right across from Tompkins Square Park. Good for spending an afternoon reading or catching up with friends, but don't expect any spectacular food or drinks.
  • Collette S.
    Collette SJune 21, 2015
    Good, cozy spot with reasonable prices. Great place to catch up with a friend. Paninis are pretty tasty
  • Paul W.
    Paul WilliamsFebruary 17, 2012
    Love this place. The prices are good for the area. Also the coffee is really good. Great place to have breakfast and wake up.
  • Luisa
    LuisaMarch 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Inexpensive delicious food, excellent coffee and free wifi. Relaxing and peaceful place to work and chill out
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MOctober 30, 2013
    An old wise man on a scooter explains how sketchy the East village was 20 years ago as everyone in the cafe stops what they are doing to listen.
  • Omniformer S.
    OMNIFORMER SUGGESTS ordering iced coffee and any salad. The beef carpaccio actuall rocks here! Affordable and fresh and the e. Vil. Girls are HOT
  • KT G.
    KT GómezFebruary 21, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    My favorite place in the EV. Great service and delicious loose pots of teas. I recommend the Masala.
  • Oleg
    OlegApril 1, 2015
    This place has a good selection of teas and the prices are very reasonable. And these guys are really friendly
  • Jack B.
    Jack BecseyMay 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome music. Great place to read and people watch. Affordable dinner and fresh juice are a plus
  • Jenny P.
    Jenny ParkNovember 19, 2010
    Great place to study or read. They don't pressure you to make a purchase in order for you to stay. Food is ehhh.... I like the small portioned kids menu. Coffee is quite strong.
  • Miles B.
    Miles BranmanOctober 22, 2011
    Excellent place to do some work and enjoy a hearty meal. The chicken fingers with honey balsamic sauce is great!
  • Hoyin T.
    Hoyin TongNovember 9, 2013
    Charming & rustic interiors. A great place to study, read or just people watch.
  • Jean M.
    Jean McCarthyMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Be prepared for slow service, but it's worth it and they don't hustle you out of your table. Solid coffee, good food.
  • KT G.
    KT GómezMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best place in the Village to write. Great pasta and try the white chocolate mousse cake!
  • Matt M.
    Matt McClaryAugust 20, 2013
    Make sure to try an everything bagel with salmon dill cream cheese
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanAugust 18, 2014
    Awesome late night spot to get some work done and people watch at the same time
  • Kim K.
    Kim KoorenDecember 8, 2013
    Hi, Wifi is for free here. Great place for dining & relaxing too!
  • Julia S.
    Julia SilveiraFebruary 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Gooood! The service is not so good but free wifi is nice and I love studying here!!!
  • Mo F.
    Mo FNovember 22, 2014
    Their wifi is now free, guys. I think this is a good place to study, but it is rather dark, so not the best for reading.
  • Mirella C.
    Mirella CrespiSeptember 9, 2012
    Free wifi. Awesome music and atmosphere. Food is inexpensive and yummy.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MackeySeptember 2, 2014
    Food is a bit hit and miss. French Toast with Fruit was pretty good and great value.
  • Vegan E.
    Vegan EverywhereJune 8, 2013
    Try the vegan scramble! Opens at 8am with tofu scramble .. nice !
  • Hannah J.
    Hannah JohnsonMarch 17, 2013
    Best breakfast sandwiches in the East Village - add a bagel for $1 too...
  • Justin L.
    Justin LivingstonFebruary 15, 2015
    Come for the moody atmosphere, stay for the coffee.
  • Jaclyn C.
    Jaclyn CareyOctober 4, 2013
    Pretty slow service but I almost prefer that to speedy service then glaring servers when you're sitting down doing work and taking up a table for more than 15 minutes.
  • Elise H.
    Elise HooverMarch 17, 2012
    Get the gnocchi! It's homemade! Also, the bread they use for their sandwiches is delicious
  • Mario K.
    Mario KarmodyAugust 2, 2012
    Delicious, unforgettable, fantastic atmosphere, great people watching.
  • Jen R.
    Jen RamosOctober 3, 2011
    Love this place. Moved to DC but still make a b-line for it when I come to NYC.Great soy latte.
  • Stephane C.
    Stephane ChicheJuly 2, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Love the eggs sunny side up. With a dash of olive oil on them and salad. at less than $5 its a steal.
  • Felipe L.
    Felipe LewisMay 5, 2013
    One of the best coffee of the East Village + delicious pasta!
  • PE C.
    PE CoisneApril 17, 2014
    Not the friendliest staff in New York, but they're decently priced and yes, wifi is free
  • EMily
    EMilyFebruary 12, 2011
    I like this place. Good atmosphere but it's ridiculous that they charge for wifi so I go to B Cup Cafe instead. Similar feel. Free wifi.
  • Taylor
    TaylorFebruary 9, 2011
    If you buy the wifi, don't log out. Regardless of how long you bought, logging out ends your wifi access.
  • Conchita C.
    Conchita CamposJuly 29, 2011
    Have usually liked this place. But don't come on Friday afternoon. The waiter is a complete dickwad.
  • J D.
    J DMarch 5, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Great for a good bagel if you don't want to walk to H and H.
  • Liane G.
    Liane GrahamFebruary 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Be prepared to freeze your butt off in the bathroom. Nice place though.
  • Sameer K.
    Sameer KanalOctober 7, 2011
    Get the mama's potatoes. You will not regret it.
  • Jean M.
    Jean McCarthyDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They don't charge for wifi if you spend $5 or more. :)
  • Christine C.
    Christine CandinoAugust 7, 2013
    Cool atmosphere. Service EXTREMELY slow!
  • Peri
    PeriDecember 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They must have changed their policy - wifi is free now!
  • Andrea P.
    Andrea PaulAugust 9, 2014
    Decent place for wifi and cheap eats but the wait staff is horrible. They act like they hate you and they hate their lives.
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LynchJuly 28, 2013
    The iced coffee is great.
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