New American Restaurant and Lounge$$$$
Chelsea, New York
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    The mac & cheese at Cafeteria is a can't miss
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    Charlene Mae B.
    "Mac Attack is a MUST! *Truffle Mac n Cheese is the best!"(57 Tips)
    Morgan S.
    "Mac and cheese spring rolls are amazing!"(9 Tips)
    Selena N.
    "I recommend the Mac N’ Cheese and the Fried Chicken and Waffles."(22 Tips)
    Alefiya D.
    "Truffle fries, calamari, and martinis are a must!"(13 Tips)
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  • mac & cheese
  • mac attack
  • chicken & waffles
  • breakfast food
  • trendy
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  • EArchitectheart icon on user image
    EArchitectApril 11, 2016
    Amazing ambiance & great service! Need a place for a private dinner party of 20? There's a beautiful private dinning room here. Don't like the menu? Create your own personal menu for your guests.
  • Paige C.heart icon on user image
    Paige CSeptember 3, 2014
    I will come here time and time again. The staff is always extremely enthusiastic and friendly. I bring my dog with me and they treat her like gold. Every time I bring someone new, they always enjoy!
    Upvoted Dec 24, 2023
  • Harlem’s H.heart icon on user image
    Harlem’s HungryJuly 13, 2015
    OMG everything I tried on my visit was superb. The meatloaf super moist the tomato sauce light but packed with so much flavor. The calamari was to die for crunchy and savory. Try the 3 cheese Mac!
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronNovember 19, 2013
    This place has it all from trendy decor to sexy people. The food is great too all the simple food you love with a sexy twist. Good drinks, fair prices & Excellent wait staff. must try Mac attack!!
  • Anya M.heart icon on user image
    Anya MorozDecember 13, 2016
    One of my favorite spot in the the city. The best Mac&Cheese in my life. Big portions, positive vibes, stylish people and great atmosphere . I highly recommend it 👌🏻😋
  • Meliheart icon on user image
    MeliJune 9, 2013
    Wildly amazing food and service! Get your soul food here. The wild berry mojito & mac n cheese are MUST TRIES! The chicken is juicy and flavorful and so is their fish. RSVP beforehand.
  • Nicole L.
    Nicole LeeApril 17, 2016
    Get the mojito or mimosa pitcher for about 5 drinks (you'll save about 50% by buying the cocktail in bulk and it's fun for the table!) Butternut squash toast, Mac trio, and mahi tacos were great.
  • Bee W.heart icon on user image
    Bee WilliamsJanuary 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything about this place was great! We ordered a sampler of Mac&cheese. I ordered the roasted chicken and it was delicious! They don't take reservations and they're always busy so be ready to wait
  • Nirav S.
    Nirav SuchakJuly 14, 2013
    Indoor seating is chic and the outdoor seating is good, if you want to indulge in people watching. Also, their smoked salmon Benedict is one of the better ones I've had in the city!
  • Siobhánheart icon on user image
    SiobhánJuly 9, 2016
    There's only three items on this menu I'm familiar with and they're the only three I need: truffle mac and cheese, truffle fries (with aioli), and the lamb burger. It is always so satisfying to here!
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesFebruary 26, 2016
    The Fried Chicken and Waffles are phenomenal. Served with Cheddar Tabasco Waffle, Crispy Sage Grilled Lemon, Chili Butter and Maple Jus. A definite must try.
  • Stella R.heart icon on user image
    Stella RicciApril 1, 2020
    Cheesy, Ooey gooey Mac Attack! This Cheddar & Fontina, Smoked Gouda & Bacon and Truffle Oil Trio is out of this world! Mint Ginger Iced Tea and Nutella Hot Cocoa were interestingly good!
  • Missy M.heart icon on user image
    Missy MackeyNovember 23, 2021
    The mac n cheese trio was good. I liked the truffle best. Steak sandwich and fries also good. Nothing mind blowing, overall pricy for what it was.
  • Eric F.heart icon on user image
    Eric FernandezAugust 18, 2013
    My goodness, this place has the best MacnCheese i've ever had in my life. The baby spinach salad is to die for! Had my 1st glass of Pino Noir wine, it was nice & tasty (not too dry w/ a sweet kick).
  • Alexheart icon on user image
    AlexJuly 5, 2016
    Mac attack includes all three mac & cheese dishes. the salmon quinoa bowl is yummy. lively place with solid classics. the downstairs lounge is nice as well.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    Cafeteria's most decadent offering is its macaroni and cheese, which come drenched in cheddar and fontina and are served with smoked gouda and bacon, truffle oil, or with 3 cheeses and an herb crust. Read more
  • Selena N.
    Selena NelsonFebruary 4, 2018
    Amazing food! The service is exceptional. Everyone is super friendly and hospitable. I recommend the Mac N’ Cheese and the Fried Chicken and Waffles.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 23, 2013
    Find comfort food 24 hours a day at Cafeteria. The fried chicken and waffles, mac and cheese, and Cobb salad has become a favorite of young Hollywood and locals looking for a late night snack.
  • Wilson Z.heart icon on user image
    Wilson ZhouSeptember 26, 2015
    I stopped by for 5:00 am drunk food cuz it's 24-Hr operative and there's a line. Now you know how popular this place is. Green eggs and ham is healthy and phenomenal. I will do brunch there totally.
  • Erin M.heart icon on user image
    Erin MurphyFebruary 8, 2015
    All the food I've ordered has always been delicious. Great cocktails too. They usually quote you a longer waiting time but it goes faster. Have a drink by the bar while you are waiting.
  • Burk J.heart icon on user image
    Burk JacksonNovember 10, 2013
    I have to say that the Skirt Steak was one of the best bargains I've found in a while. It was a substantial portion of steak, not a few slivers, and the spinach and polenta fries were amazing
  • M K.
    M KOctober 6, 2013
    Fantastic food, the green eggs and ham are epic. Make sure and be overly nice to the gatekeepers at the door, it can be a tad diva-esque, but once you make nice they're like butta! Consistently great
  • Luka S.
    Luka SNovember 5, 2018
    Phenomenal Mac & cheese and calamari. Good cocktails and a very chic atmosphere. Will definitely come here next time I'm in NYC
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchSeptember 16, 2015
    The maple almond granola served with fresh fruit, low fat Greek yogurt, and organic honey is great for a light breakfast and the restaurant also serves up some killer avocado toast. Read more
  • Ailie C.heart icon on user image
    Ailie ChangJune 27, 2015
    Everyone gets the Mac Attack and Chicken and Waffles here. They are delicious but if you want other yummy things I would suggest the BBQ Ribeye Tacos and the Blackberry Lemonade!
  • Carlos N.
    Carlos NunezMay 22, 2018
    Pork chop and Chicken and waffles are fantastic. Drinks are very, very good. Wait staff can act quite dismissive most times, but they mean well. Surprising wait at 12AM on Sundays.
  • Gianna S.
    Gianna SalvatoApril 14, 2016
    This place is BOMB. Food was so reasonable compared to a normal NYC brunch menu. Will totally be back. Their Avocado Eggs Benedict was amazing.
  • Eric F.heart icon on user image
    Eric FernandezSeptember 3, 2013
    Came for my b-day week. I'm in awe of space design (like a mansion) + bathroom area, OMG! Food? Sigh...spinach salad + MacnCheese is to die for! I also ate the mushrooms (I dont even like mushrooms!)
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMay 24, 2011
    Chic cafeteria serving delicious upscale diner food 24 hours a day – try the mac n’ cheese or the Fried Chicken N Waffles. Visit the lounge downstairs for liquid fare.
  • Riqui L.heart icon on user image
    Riqui LawrenceFebruary 10, 2015
    Pretty much everything is created well and just tasty. Just the right serving of food that you don't fear for your waistline or feel cheated for your money. Staff has always been attentive.
  • Mazi O.
    Mazi OAugust 1, 2013
    This spot is the greatest after party place to eat at. I love the way it feels like a posh club. You have to try the mac & cheese egg rolls! Amazing!
  • Walter B.
    Walter BryantMarch 21, 2013
    This is NOT your typical diner! The food is delicious and there are healthy options. Grab the soup & sammie and grab a few forks of the truffle Mac & Chz from a friend's plate! Sexy, chic vibe here
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SmithSeptember 25, 2013
    Dying to go back. The manager (Milano? Sp) was so sweet and fun with our group. A friend told me parts of Sex and the City were filmed here. Great atmosphere and delicious food!
  • Jen S.
    Jen ShinMarch 9, 2015
    amazing brunch. the salmon benedict comes on potato pancakes, so that was a plus. and the mac attack was absolutely delicious!
  • Ryan B.heart icon on user image
    Ryan BrightSeptember 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Lemon Ricotta pancakes are light, refreshing, and delicious. Maple cured bacon was a great side pairing. Avoid the espresso.
  • Paige K.heart icon on user image
    Paige KlingermanMay 4, 2015
    A good place for dinner for 2. The truffle macaroni and cheese was absolutely amazing! To drink get there fruit infused mojito!
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda McMahonSeptember 16, 2013
    Sure, get the Mac Attack like everyone suggests, but for the veggies out there, the black bean burger was delish! Super chic, upscale diner. Great food after a long night, somewhat pricey.
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaDecember 1, 2013
    Short rib tacos are the bomb. Definitely recommend the Liquid Passion and the Wildberry Mojito! And deep fried Oreos are a must.
  • Jacqui B.heart icon on user image
    Jacqui B.April 1, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good here: the food, the staff, the service. Try the Cafeteria Old Fashion, the bar snacks, truffle fries and fried Mac and cheese.
  • Karen C.
    Karen CongdonJune 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ifyou are in the mood for something sweet, try the homemade crispy buttermilk waffle! Ask for it with the chantilly cream instead of the cinnamon, it really goes well with the fresh berries!
  • Elizabeth O.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth OtaolaJune 5, 2015
    I went here on a Saturday night after the clubs closed at 4am(or rather a Sunday early early morning). The food was unexpectedly delicious. I don't normally like Mac and cheese but this one sold me.
  • FitBark
    FitBarkAugust 13, 2013
    Little known fact about this trendy Chelsea staple? Their huge outdoor seating area is perfect for getting a table with your dog! Bones and water will be brought to your table!
  • Suga B.
    Suga BabeeMarch 23, 2014
    OMG eating here is a must!! The meatloaf is to die fir. The bread pudding is amazing (and I don't eat bread pudding!!)
  • Ken P.heart icon on user image
    Ken Pierre IIAugust 7, 2014
    They are open 24hrs a day. The drinks are wonderful! Chicken and waffle are CRACK! Along with the fish tacos
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesOctober 27, 2016
    All the salads are great. Especially after you go all in on the mac n cheese sampler 😇
  • BoozeMenus
    BoozeMenusFebruary 24, 2012
    Cafeteria offers a modern/intimate 24/7 noshing experience w/ signature dishes & tasty cocktails. For brunch, try the Inferno Bloody Mary; with a group, opt for a carafe of the Prickly Pear Margarita. Read more
  • Ramon G.heart icon on user image
    Ramon GonzalezAugust 31, 2016
    Chicken Fried Waffles and Tomaro Basil Soup are the most amazing thing I ever had, dont miss them!
  • Dave S.
    Dave SilverstoneJanuary 8, 2012
    Sure, us locals don't go here much anymore, and other than the mac & cheese, the food is bleh... but we love taking visitors here to feel like part of a real "scene"... a real "Sex & the City" vibe.
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrgelSeptember 8, 2013
    I like to call the restaurant from the table for my check. Highly recommended if you plan on doing anything with the rest of your day. Burger rules if you aren't angry by the time it arrives.
  • 29, 2015
    Macattack, three different kinds of mac and cheese, is an essential. Open 24hours everyday. Lindsay Lohan used to brunch here.
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