Café Select

Swiss Restaurant, Café, and Bar$$$$
SoHo, New York
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  • Alice N.
    Alice NamApril 26
    A cozy, pretty, local brunch spot. Ordered a seasonal menu, which was delicious. Willing to visit again in months
  • Laura F.
    Laura FrankMarch 25
    I felt silly ordering "massaged kale"...but I stood corrected. Enjoyed an excelled brunch w long lost bff. Arrive early ish to snag your choice of seating.
  • Amy C.
    Amy ChenFebruary 20
    The ceiling fairy lights create a dreamy atmosphere perfect for a cute brunch date. Clean eats and great company make for a delightful experience.
  • Andreas H.
    During the winter you have to make reservations in the back room behind the kitchen for a cheese fondue. Cozy room decorated with a lot of original pieces from Switzerland.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Lisa P.
    Lisa PascalNovember 19, 2015
    Lovely, busy vibe.Ricotta fritters are delicious and the burger too. They don't do fries though, burger comes with chips... ???
  • Natalie F.
    Natalie FreilichOctober 28, 2015
    Came in for something quick, grabbed a turkey avocado sandwich with the alpine herbal ice tea. Clean, simple but tasty - a job well done.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacOctober 24, 2015
    The food, service, and ambiance are on point. Lights on the ceilings are adorable, the avocado toast was divine (bread 👌🏼) and our waiter was really fun. Will definitely be back ASAP!
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchOctober 15, 2015
    The Bitches Say: A. An unpretentious SoHo café with a chic European feel. Don’t be afraid of unfamiliar ingredients; we recommend trying the Swiss dishes for the full experience. Read more
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchSeptember 16, 2015
    I love avocado, I love toast, and Cafe Select puts them together beautifully. An unpretentious SoHo café with a chic European feels is sure to please. Read more
  • Sabrina M.
    Sabrina MajeedSeptember 8, 2015
    I normally come here brunch and get the lemon French toast but recently discovered the much chiller, cash-only speakeasy area in the back of the kitchen!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Erina Y.
    Erina YoshidaApril 24, 2015
    My go to spot for casual brunch or dinner. Love the Rosti Norwegian and Zurich Veal dishes. Don't miss the hidden bar located behind kitchen!
  • Roberto B.
    Roberto BuaMarch 19, 2015
    Get the Uovo Ticinese, simply incredible. Their coffee is also excellent, best I've had in NYC.
  • Tatiana Mross N.
    Warm atmosphere, great for small plates, coffee, and drinks. Perfect for meeting with friends on all budgets.
  • Like A Local Guide
    Like A Local GuideFebruary 3, 2015
    This is a favorite late night dinner spot for the fashionable downtown crowd. The menu is inspired by that of an après-ski chalet, with offerings such as Raclette and Fondue. Read more
  • Geoffroy B.
    Geoffroy BablonNovember 16, 2014
    Recipe for the perfect brunch. Step 1: come here with a friend or three. 2: order the rosti Norwegian and the croque monsieur, with a fried egg on top. 3: splitty split your way to Swiss heaven.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 16, 2014
    Through the kitchen of this stylish Austrian eatery in Soho is a hidden room. Mimicking an Apres bar in the alps, fondue and raclette are served during the colder months. Read more
  • Ece B.
    Ece BildirenOctober 27, 2014
    Today at Café Select when Gossip Girl guy Penn Badgley walked in and sat next to our table I was eating this amazing Hanger Steak and didn't bother to look up his face. Was amazing. I mean the steak.
  • Sanaë L.
    Sanaë LemoineOctober 19, 2014
    The croque monsieur (with a fried egg, so a madame!), is divinely good: lathered with creamy bechamel and super crisp. Oh, and don't miss out on the rösti, as a side if you must.
  • Anna O.
    Anna OhareOctober 3, 2014
    Cute little restaurant covered in fairy lights. The turkey avocado sandwich is good, with free refills on drinks. Perfect work-lunchtime spot.
  • Fiona
    FionaSeptember 17, 2014
    The duck egg toast and Zurich veal are very good! Summer bruschetta was hit or miss. Their banquettes/booths were nice and comfortable.
  • Summer K.
    Summer KamigakiSeptember 2, 2014
    Try the veal schnitzel with a glass of white wine recommended by your waiter, or go there for brunch and enjoy perfectly poached eggs with their succulent rösti (fried potato patties).
  • Dina
    DinaApril 29, 2014
    A trendy restaurant sprinkled with hipsters and models. Much better for lunch than dinner. Food is solid, nothing amazing. Duck egg on toast is good. So is buckwheat crepe with salmon and bratwurst.
  • Maggie L.
    Maggie LiuMarch 2, 2014
    One of the few hole in the wall brunch spots in Soho that takes reservations. Less trendy but better food than Jack's Wife Freda. The poached eggs over polenta with panchetta are perfection!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Grouper
    GrouperFebruary 11, 2014
    Ask the hostess to be seated in the back. You'll have to go through the kitchen, but the secret room is super cozy and has delicious drinks!
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.February 7, 2014
    all time favorite. wonderful, alive, merry, and quaint. perfect for small groups of friends. order rocket salad, duck egg toast, half roasted organic chicken, spatzli with wild mushrooms, and rosti
  • benjamin w.
    benjamin whiteSeptember 28, 2013
    Great breakfast option when Balthazar is packed ... get the rosti! Also the chicken schnitzel for lunch or dinner is top!
  • Jason S.
    Jason SpakAugust 9, 2013
    Select is Balthazar without the hype and wait. Awesome food and beautiful people. Yes you will notice cool people sitting outside but go through the kitchen for a not so 'secret' bar and be one of em
  • Denise C.
    Denise CheungJuly 22, 2013
    If you are a pascaterian, try the spatzli with wild mushroom or the linguine with Manila clams. They both taste really good.
  • SoSearching
    SoSearchingMay 22, 2013
    Seafood tower is the bomb! $80 for a full lobster, a dozen each of oysters, clams & mussels, + 2 Bloody Mary oyster shooters, smoked salmon tartare, shrimp & tilapia ceviche & grilled octopus salad!!
  • Philip S.
    Philip SorianoMay 17, 2013
    Ask to go to the back bar. Chill spot to grab excellent drinks in a beach bar ambiance.
  • Dens
    DensMay 5, 2013
    For brunch, the steak and eggs with hollandaise is really something special. Solid Bloody Mary too thx to huge Spanish olives.
  • Candace C.
    Candace ChangMarch 24, 2013
    Stumbled upon this cafe and was luckily seated in the back room past the kitchen. Such a cute spot and the food was amazing. Order the Zurich Veal! Definitely coming back to try the fondue and brunch!
  • Tracie L.
    Tracie LeeMarch 22, 2013
    good burger if you're in the area. well seasoned. tends to be on the done side. but don't bother with the extra sauces, mustard will do.
  • GNTLMN
    GNTLMNJanuary 22, 2013
    No wifi, BUT best staff, best food, and GREAT foot back to back meetings. Try the Salmon Rösti. Secret bar in back of the kitchen on some nights.
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedDecember 3, 2012
    Add ketchup to your burger, but put it on the BOTTOM bun (below the patty) instead of on the top. It might change your life.
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedDecember 3, 2012
    In winter you want to head to the back room, but the big secret is that you can get fondue at your table in the front room, go splitty on a burger (+cheese), and have enough fondue left to share
  • Elyse E.
    Elyse EstradaDecember 3, 2012
    The burger is pretty delicious. Get it medium rare w american cheese. And if they have the escargot special, get it! You can also order the fondue even if you're not on the back room.
  • Joey N.
    Joey NgSeptember 17, 2012
    This is what we like to call babe corner. Between Café Select and La Esquina, gorgeous SoHo types all congregate here. Best people watching in Manhattan.
  • Edlin C.
    Edlin ChoiFebruary 24, 2012
    Sweet little Swiss spot. A go-to for brunch. Muesli pancakes are awesome. Seriously, awesome. You must get the pancakes. I don't care about your diet restrictions. Get them. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • CANDY D.
    CANDY Digital SweetnessFebruary 7, 2012
    Great cosy Swiss themed restaurant/bar/lounge that I stumbled upon. Window seat is nice at night, book back room for a group fondue&raclette. No Amex! Only Visa/MC with $25min.
  • BoozeMenus
    BoozeMenusJanuary 12, 2012
    Start with a specialty cocktail at the bar then move to the backroom for an intimate taste of something different. Order a bottle of the Petite Arvine ($73) and then go straight for the Raclette. Read more
  • Trevis D.
    Trevis Dane WimerDecember 3, 2011
    Mr. Benoit has done it again!!!!! FYI, his Infusions are great. Try this Cocktail out.... RED DEVIL Akvinta Organic Vodka, Thyme Infused Blood Orange Nectar, Splash of Soda
  • Kmart Fashion
    Kmart FashionDecember 2, 2011
    One word. Fondue. Our tip: Book a table in the back and get your friends together to enjoy this fun, Swiss tradition.
  • Heather F.
    Heather FinkJune 25, 2011
    back room bar has great vibe, chill atmosphere, good music, hearty poor on the wine, love it. access by walking through kitchen
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesMay 12, 2011
    For a quality white, opt for the Cheverny. From France's Loire Valley, this appellation's whites are based on sauvignon blanc. While not as refined as Sancerre, they're great, refreshing whites.
  • Hugh
    HughMay 7, 2011
    Cafe select will run your credit card twice and not give you the time of day when you call to point it out. I think this business is actually backed by drug money so this behavior is unsurprising
  • Betsy D.
    Betsy DavisJanuary 10, 2011
    Go for the fondue: stay for the Kirsch. Add a cupful to your pot of fondue to really feel the Swiss-German tradition. Hau' weg das Zeug!
  • Lydia K.
    Lydia KDecember 10, 2010
    Way too drafty,had to wear my coat inside. Long wait for food. Red wine was served cold, the claimed they wanted to avoid it getting old. Vegetarian options very limited. Service was good tho
  • Erin P.
    Erin PettigrewMarch 19, 2010
    The croque monsieur is a smashingly tasty addition to a lunch meeting or brunch outing. Do try it. Also if you're just snacking, they have Mighty Leaf tea... swoon!
  • Deirdre S.
    Deirdre SullivanJanuary 16, 2010
    Great for din din or a romantic cocktail. It is not pretentious & the wait staff are spot on. The charcuterie plate is hearty & we love how they make the sliced cheese ribbons look like cauliflower
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