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!
    Upvoted Jun 1
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 1
  • 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!!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Helene E.
    Helene EdvardsenMarch 21, 2016
    Great lunch! Really nice to sit outside when sunny, best neighborhood, and really good coffee! ☕️
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckJanuary 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The linzer tort with fresh cream and almond sorbet. Yum.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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