Café Select

Swiss Restaurant and Café$$$$
SoHo, New York
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  • 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!
  • Andreas H.
    Andreas HunzikerJanuary 16, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Geoffroy B.
    Geoffroy BablonNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • SoSearching
    SoSearchingMay 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Sabrina M.
    Sabrina MajeedSeptember 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.February 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Elyse E.
    Elyse EstradaDecember 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • Summer I.
    Summer IzkovichSeptember 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).
  • Guest of a Guest
    During the day, this Cafe is an easy SoHo spot with a European vibe. But after dark, the back area opens up into Cervantes, an oyster shack and bar. Read more
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Laura F.
    Laura FrankMarch 25, 2016
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • CANDY @.
    CANDY @digital_sweetFebruary 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.
  • 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
  • Alice N.
    Alice NamApril 26, 2016
    A cozy, pretty, local brunch spot. Ordered a seasonal menu, which was delicious. Willing to visit again in months
  • 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!
  • Tatiana Mross N.
    Warm atmosphere, great for small plates, coffee, and drinks. Perfect for meeting with friends on all budgets.
  • Roberto B.
    Roberto BuaMarch 19, 2015
    Get the Uovo Ticinese, simply incredible. Their coffee is also excellent, best I've had in NYC.
  • 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.
  • Helene E.
    Helene EdvardsenMarch 21, 2016
    Great lunch! Really nice to sit outside when sunny, best neighborhood, and really good coffee! ☕️
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesMay 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Trevis D.
    Trevis Dane WimerDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Philip S.
    Philip SorianoMay 17, 2013
    Ask to go to the back bar. Chill spot to grab excellent drinks in a beach bar ambiance.
  • Amy C.
    Amy ChenFebruary 20, 2016
    The ceiling fairy lights create a dreamy atmosphere perfect for a cute brunch date. Clean eats and great company make for a delightful experience.
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckJanuary 21, 2016
    The linzer tort with fresh cream and almond sorbet. Yum.
  • Joey N.
    Joey NgSeptember 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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... ???
  • 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.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RosenthalDecember 21, 2014
    Excellent brunch spot. Highly recommend the bresaola and arugula salad
  • 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.
  • Kelsey L.
    Kelsey LeeMay 3, 2015
    Awesome fondue bar in back, but great place to grab a bite and (if it's World Cup season) catch a game.
  • 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!
  • Karl W.
    Karl With A "K"December 11, 2015
    The truffle burger is amazing and flavorful!
  • Rollin L.
    Rollin LeeJuly 16, 2015
    Vongole is nice and the coffee for to go in the morning is great. Makes me feel like I am going to work in Paris.
  • Lawrence L.
    Lawrence LenihanMay 16, 2012
    Great schnitzel (but of course), lobster bisque. Would love a better, regional wine list. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Chris E.
    Chris EvansNovember 10, 2014
    Really cute spot with some nice brunch specials. The lobster bacon club was really tasty without being too filling.
  • Juan H.
    Juan HernandezMarch 21, 2016
    Great brunch! The Croque Monsieur is delicious had it with the French toast and Bloody Marys all great
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneDecember 20, 2015
    Breakfast is served until 5pm. 🙌🏼You would be a fool to not get some form of rösti.
  • 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
  • Kira R.
    Kira RochaNovember 14, 2011
    The veal sausage is very tender and palm hearts salad is simple and delish. I'm coming back for dinner to try fondue
  • Amen
    AmenFebruary 28, 2012
    One of the best cosy Swiss themed Cafes located in SoHo. Great for a mini private Fondu get together!
  • James R.
    James RuthSeptember 15, 2013
    Get the Mediterranean plate, but leave room! The two olives they give you might just fill you up!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Nicole L.
    Nicole LisaAugust 15, 2015
    The coffee is probably the most tasty I've had in New York and the avocado toast was delicious!
  • Max T.
    Max ThomasAugust 17, 2013
    Lobster club sandwich with bacon and avocado. Yes - it's really yummy.
  • Crystal W.
    Crystal WardMay 23, 2016
    Rosti Norwegian, Different yet Delicious 😗
  • Jeni B.
    Jeni BulcockJune 9, 2013
    Get the 'home made granola' for breakfast, it's on the starters menu, but is the perfect size.
  • Nathalie N.
    Nathalie NareauJune 18, 2014
    Great Arnold Palmers, the hidden cave with seating for three or four offers more intimacy.
  • Geoffroy B.
    Geoffroy BablonApril 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Chocolate fondue with a glass of Cabernet and a few friends. This is how you do it.
  • Paula
    PaulaSeptember 19, 2015
    Avocado toast is very tasty. Friendly staff (even the chef!!). Cool decor, Swiss inspired.
  • Yesbelt F.
    Yesbelt FernandezAugust 8, 2014
    Great place for people watching and it has a cute room in the back past the kitchen.
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VJuly 3, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    My favorite special ever: cold chicken breast with caper/tomato vinaigrette vegetable cous cous
  • Loisaida Sam S.
    Loisaida Sam SandbergJanuary 20, 2014
    Get the Croque Madamme (Croque Monsier + egg, on their menu) - mind blown!
  • CJN
    CJNJanuary 31
    Been here 5+ times
    Service at breakfast is laughably bad. But dinner in winter can be cozy and hearty. And I agree with Veda on the Gruner.
  • Dana L.
    Dana LeeAugust 27, 2015
    Salads are great. It's one of those places where it's pretty good food but you go mainly for the atmosphere.
  • pablco
    pablcoDecember 8, 2014
    good for a late dinner and at 11 go through the kitchen to the bar room
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PhillipsMarch 23, 2015
    Amazing Croque Monsieur with the fried egg! Great coffee and nice atmosphere too
  • Ghostly International
    The Croque Madame is one of the finest in the city. Healthy portions, highly addictive. Stumptown coffee too!
  • Elias M.
    This is the place to BE in NYC (+ try the speakeasy bar). Loved it!
  • Erin P.
    Erin PettigrewMarch 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerAugust 21, 2016
    An authentic Swiss cafe. Highly recommend their smoked salmon brunch dish.
  • Loren
    LorenSeptember 20, 2014
    Brunch was pretty good, fun casual euro vibe and easy to et a table.
  • inna k.
    inna katsJanuary 10, 2013
    The hot toddies are the shit! lemon instead of apple and clove instead of cinnamon stick, makes all the difference
  • Dave C.
    Dave CummingsFebruary 27, 2015
    Everyone around us was ordering some eggplant chips or something. Wish we had ordered it too.
  • Rory P.
    Rory ParnessMay 14, 2015
    For breakfast, go for the Rösti Norwegian. It's lox on top of a latke. It's like having Hanukkah all year round!
  • Sam G.
    Sam GrossbergMay 23, 2016
    Get the Rosti: smoked salmon on a potato pancake.
  • Brooklyn L.
    Brooklyn LiverOctober 22, 2013
    Burgers are awesome. Strudel, old fashioned , serving... Everything is great
  • Sanjyot
    SanjyotJanuary 4, 2014
    Chicken Schnitzel here is thin but deliciously crispy. Just the right amount of fried. Not at all oily.
  • JC M.
    JC MedinaDecember 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to hold meetings in the SoHo area. Acceptable noise levels and great drinks.
  • Andy S.
    Andy StevensOctober 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    #protip ask for two fried eggs on top of your rösti for the ultimate brunch treat
  • Saba N.
    Saba NekoDecember 1, 2016
    Brunch - food, service, and atmosphere great, plus they take reservations!
  • Luke
    LukeJuly 4, 2016
    Good for a simple breakfast, well prepared. Evenings and weekends draw a crowd
  • Aya F.
    Aya FAugust 9, 2016
    Reserve the back bar in advance and you'll get an uber private@space w/ awesome bar tenders✌🏽️
  • Rollin L.
    Rollin LeeJuly 16, 2015
    Vongole is tasty. But the atmosphere is tasty. It does get loud at night though.
  • Michael 🍷 E.
    Michael 🍷 ElmgreenOctober 19, 2014
    Oh! It's swiss. Try the caotina swiss chocolate milk.
  • Sally Y.
    Sally YoonJune 1, 2012
    chicken schnitzel, buckwheat crepes with smoked salmon, rosti (swiss hash browns)
  • Pierre v.
    Pierre van MedgeAugust 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They have Chasselas, a light and dry white wine from French-speaking Switzerland. Try it!
  • Sumeet S.
    Sumeet ShahJanuary 11, 2014
    One of those places I would trek down to for a coffee, a seat, and everything I have to read.
  • Trevis D.
    Trevis Dane WimerAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the PALM B***H 12 Cocktail. DeliciousAkvinta Organic Vodka, Grilled Watermelon, Basil Caviar
  • Kim L.
    Kim LubanMarch 26, 2011
    If you like veal and heavy cream, the Zurich Veal is somewhere beyond amazing. A must try.
  • 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
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RectorDecember 4, 2011
    White truffle oil fondue, yum. But the appetizer size is bigger than you'd think.
  • Monti B.
    Monti BrayDecember 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious (house made) turkey avocado sandwich.
  • Lisa C.
    Lisa CohenAugust 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place, waiters are always nice and the food is great !
  • Leo S.
    Leo SkvirskiyNovember 30, 2014
    Ничего не могу сказать о заведении, но однажды напоил здесь двух несовершеннолетних (по американским законам) девушек, которые в последствии предлагали мне секс втроем. Вердикт: прекрасное место.
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