Cafe Duke

Cafe Duke

(Now Closed)
Deli / Bodega, Buffet, and Asian Restaurant$$$$
SoHo, New York
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  • Dens
    DensJanuary 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Standing at the salad line reading this? Here's the Denny Special™: grilled chicken, avocado, mozzarella balls, diced tomatoes, peppers, egg white, oil & vinegar, salt & pepper. #YoureWelcome
  • Eric F.
    Eric FriedmanJanuary 10, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    If you made it here for a quick fast lunch you are in for lots of options; sushi, korean, pasta station, salad - this place has it all. Try the ramen if its cold!
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CerdaAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    For $8.95 (+tax), you can have a delicious lunch for champions: SPICY CHICKEN! Order across from the salad bar. (P.s. It's not that spicy. More like medium. Medium spicy chicken)..
  • Eric F.
    Eric FriedmanApril 16, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    PRO TIP: There is a back entrance on Mercer that lets you avoid the Broadway pedestrian traffic and skip the slow folks getting into the depths of Cafe Duke!
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyFebruary 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Spinach salad with 6 ingredients is a steal at $7. I go breaded chicken, egg whites, red beans, avocado, olives, baby corn. Ignore those salad snobs who insist on paying north of $10 at Dean&Deluca.
  • Franke R.
    Franke RodriguezApril 16, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Great place to grab a quick ANY THING (literally) to eat. Sandwiches/salads/soups/pasta/pizza/udon/ramen & all that. Be forewarned tho, have your money ready to go when u get to the register...or else
    CREATETHE GROUPNovember 22, 2011
    At lunchtime, it gets crazy but I still love it. All the udon is great, I usually get mine with tofu. Chicken, shrimp, & beef teriyaki w/ rice is also delicious. -Erica C
  • Eric F.
    Eric FriedmanJanuary 28, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Did you know there is an entrance for this place on Mercer? Avoid the tourists on Broadway and head around the corner to the land of cobblestones, slower times, and an entrance off the beaten path.
  • Andres S.
    Andres SotoAugust 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They make very good sandwiches and wraps, plus have a make your own pasta or salad section. During lunch time, make sure you know who is next in line to order.
  • David G.
    David GreenbergerApril 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Quickest, cheap lunch in Soho with literally anything you want. Make your own salad = 5 toppings $8. Line always looks long but moves fast.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CerdaApril 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Nutella & go snacks are $3.49. Or, you can walk for 3 minutes and 49 seconds to Duane Reed and buy the same thing for $0.99.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TrainorOctober 9, 2012
    Your basic hero is definitely a two person lunch. Four bucks a piece for some fresh and healthy eats. Can't go wrong. Also low traffic for SoHo.
  • Patrick K.
    Patrick KajirianAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Their breakfast sandwiches really hit the spot! Particularly their egg sausage muffins. Their French Toast ain't shabby either.
  • Jenny U.
    Jenny UngOctober 5, 2010
    The udon is hands down the best thing here and it's even better than that Jap market on Broome. Def worth the smelly visit to Dukes, I get it spicy with fried tofu!
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneFebruary 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The udon is s sleeper hit. Bonus: it's the first thing to the right after the door so you can avoid unnecessary nonsense.
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckOctober 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    New quinoa bowls, hot prepared on spot with kale and vegetables
  • Neil S.
    Neil SanchalaJuly 13, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The udon is reasonably priced and a solid lunch option. I get the veggie dumpling udon.
  • BluePrint
    BluePrintMay 29, 2012
    Café Duke is a great place to stop for breakfast or lunch. Compliment your meal with a BluePrintJuice.
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckJune 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Buffet deli with tossed salad bar and hot food, better than the usual version of a deli in nyc
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertSeptember 11, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    shortcut between mercer and broadway via back entrance
  • Sam G.
    Sam GrossbergSeptember 8, 2014
    Salad bar is good but avoid the grilled chicken and go for the grilled vegetables and spicy shrimp dish.
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterJune 4, 2013
    Not that the spicy tuna roll wasn't okay-fresh & average-grade (tuna) fish that you'd find in any typical deli or supermarket but the spicy mayo wasn't all that good. They used a cheaper, sweet mayo.
  • Sheldon B.
    Sheldon BishopSeptember 10, 2011
    Great food (variety), fast, fun and cheap. Best place on SoHo if you are in a hurry!
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinApril 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Say what you will about the quality, but it's easily the quickest lunch grab in SoHo.
  • Ted M.
    Ted McMarch 8, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    I get raisins in my oatmeal here. Not sure where they get them but they are the size of prunes and many still have the stem?! Please use normal raisins please.
  • Victor C.
    Victor ChenOctober 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Udon is actually surprisingly good for around 7$
  • Audrey O.
    Audrey OAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Has a little of everything. Food is fast, affordable, and convenient.
  • HuffPost
    HuffPostJuly 6, 2010
    A HuffPost lunchtime staple, we like the udon noodles, salads, and sandwiches. Check-out is also super fast. Ka-ching!
  • Karl W.
    Karl With A "K"June 24, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the udon. You won't be sorry you did. #nomnom
  • Max S.
    Max SklarSeptember 2, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Try all the different chicken wraps. Each is a unique color.
  • Jen C.
    Jen CobbOctober 10, 2011
    The eggplant parm panini is quite possibly one of the best sandwiches ever...also they are super fast!
  • Enrico S.
    Enrico SDecember 4, 2014
    You can find literally everything in there. Nice cafe!
  • ºDamian W.
    ºDamian White ºNovember 1, 2011
    You can get a selection of almost anything!! I am definitely digging this will too!
  • Lisa D.
    Lisa DiCarlucciApril 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Turkey Burger with Avocado is the way to go.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WeiserApril 18, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    They occasionally have seaweed salad at the salad bar. Great deal.
  • Eric T.
    Eric TaboneJanuary 20, 2011
    Sandwiches are awesome, Udon is great, tons of snacks, and very fast moving friendly staff.
  • Jan S.
    Jan SichermannAugust 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Whatever you're craving for lunch, they got it. None of it particularly good, but the got it.
  • Ali G.
    Ali GreenfieldAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Breakfast ONLY. If you come in after 11am you will smell the rest of the day.
  • Justin A.
    Justin AbuzidFebruary 4, 2015
    The godfather sandwich may have taken a small piece of my a good way
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    V̰̝͔̪̭į̠͎c̻̜  ̡̖̙̭̙̠ZAugust 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Their spring rolls are horrible and their hot buffet is unforgivably bad-- but like an oft abused partner, I keep coming back for more...
  • Francesco V.
    Francesco VJuly 20, 2012
    Try their black rice sushi. It is awesome!
  • Lynnette P.
    Lynnette PenoroSeptember 17, 2011
    Nothing fancy but a great place to stop for a rest after Soho window-shopping in fabulous heels :)
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DawkinsJune 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Tasty paninis. Really fast check-out - faster to use a card than cash.
  • Max S.
    Max SklarOctober 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    General order anything or make your own plate place in soho.
  • Contently HQ
    Contently HQApril 15, 2013
    Great hotbar! We also really love the ramen!
  • Gigi C.
    Gigi ConcepcionAugust 31, 2011
    Try the linguini Alfredo with chicken mozzarella and parmesan cheese!!!
  • Grace R.
    Grace RobertsonJanuary 15, 2013
    Have your cash ready in hand by the checkout! They are seriously fast in checking out lots of people at once.
  • Dens
    DensMarch 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The ramen here ain't so bad for Broadway Deli ramen. #justsaying
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaDecember 22, 2014
    Lots of options here, good for grabbing something quick to go
  • Denis S.
    Denis SosnovtsevMarch 1, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the kimchi fried rice.
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LMay 23, 2013
    $3 beers. Place is cheap with good food but they need to bump up the a/c
  • Christina B.
    Christina BrownApril 19, 2010
    The pasta bar is great. if you like creamy sauces tell the pasta "bartender" to mix pesto and alfredo...yum!
  • Scott S.
    Scott SklarJuly 21, 2014
    Not the best place in the area but good for fast cheap lunches. The Ramen is slightly impressive. Ridiculous selection.
  • Zoe D.
    Zoe DunJuly 14, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Cheap, cheerful and lots of choice
  • Walter D.
    Walter DiazNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything here is Delicious.. You won't regret it!!
  • Adam P.
    Adam PoswolskyNovember 30, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Can't go wrong with the salad!
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedJuly 23, 2010
    There's someone from the office here every single day. One favorite isa combo of chicken, mashed potatoes and corn. We never said we wereclassy.
  • Lynn B.
    Lynn BMarch 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Home away from home for Equinox trainers! Fresh food!
  • Sam S.
    Sam SaundersJune 8, 2011
    Watch them when they weigh your food. My douchebag dropped it on the scale and hit the print button as it hit. Not cool.
  • Arnd L.
    Arnd LangguthSeptember 25, 2016
    Nice food but the coffee has significant potential for improvement
  • Jeff P.
    Jeff PetrielloMarch 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Good place to get a $3 yogurt in the morning.
  • Clarissa B.
    Clarissa BlancoNovember 15, 2014
    Really good udon station.
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GanskyAugust 13, 2013
    Kind of a crowded mess at lunch, but the food is decent (though a tad on the expensive side).
  • Nickolaus S.
    Nickolaus SugaiMarch 27, 2013
    These dudes use instant ramen and proceed to charge 9 bucks for it. Eff that noise.
  • Kasia C.
    Kasia CanningFebruary 24, 2010
    Best Udon soup around. Get it with chicken and ask for extra spicy.
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HowardJune 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Anything and everything you could want to eat
  • Danielle W.
    Danielle WallisSeptember 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Loove the to go Udon and salad bar!
  • Anya
    AnyaMarch 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Cheap and good for a quick lunch👌🏻
  • Henry W. N.
    Henry W. NgMarch 14, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    the various Udon noodle soups are great!
  • PALO
    PALOJanuary 22, 2011
    fastest sandwich makers in the east... udon soup noodles a 'go'...
  • Keith K.
    Keith KerrFebruary 20, 2015
    The is THE best place to grab a mediocre lunch
  • Andy C.
    Andy ChapmanJune 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    What's NOT good? Chicken "breast" - jerky is more like it
  • Brad B.
    Brad BensonJuly 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The pasta bar rocks my socks!
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SavageMarch 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Decent bibimbap. And no hassel on credit cards, which I like especially for places like this.
  • Brian C.
    Brian CarrJanuary 27, 2012
    look for great food here. good health snacks too
  • Phatgoose
    PhatgooseDecember 31, 2011
    Gotta try the Udon Noodle Soup!
  • Jill X.
    Jill XuFebruary 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bathroom is all the way towards the end. Watch out, the lock may not work
  • Sandy C.
    Sandy CampbellOctober 6, 2011
    Fat free ranch makes a tasty substitute for mayonnaise.
  • Eric G.
    Eric GrantJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This place has been temporarily closed by the Department of Health.
  • Yelena
    YelenaDecember 2, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    This place always smells, but breakfast here is
  • SpAcE cHimP L.
    SpAcE cHimP LiVeSNovember 19, 2016
    This place is a entire block long .exits on both side of the block
  • Longfei X.
    Longfei XingApril 11, 2016
    fast? yes. cheap? yes. tasty? not so much :(
  • Anna F.
    Anna FrenkelApril 17, 2013
    Do you like salad? Do you like salad that tastes like dirt? Eat here!
  • Anya
    AnyaMay 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab and go kinda place.
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HFebruary 29, 2012
    an indecisive person's hell. but decent gumbo.
  • Kelly E.
    Kelly EngJuly 20, 2012
    The check-in special is a fake.
  • I B.
    I BMarch 6, 2013
    Count your change carefully here
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TiongAugust 31, 2012
    less than flavorful beef udon. wouldn't recommend going at night. 1.5/5
  • Daphne H.
    Daphne HoweFebruary 4, 2010
    Great lunch spot! They have Korean food that hits the spot!
  • Momo F.
    Momo FurudateJanuary 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the only public bathrooms in the area.
  • Rene K.
    Rene KlockMay 26, 2013
    Please don't try the coffee !!!
  • Ben E.
    Ben EssenMay 27, 2011
    Love how they flame that pasta
  • David H.
    David HuJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the udon
  • Michael B.
    Michael BurchJanuary 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Recently closed for health code violations.
  • Alyxa L.
    Alyxa LeaseJuly 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    $4 omelette for dos hangover dayz
  • John G.
    John GallagherMay 24, 2013
    Garlic melt.
  • DJ Ave.X
    DJ Ave.XDecember 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Checkout is really fast.
  • Brian S.
    Rest in peace our dear friend.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MazzaJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    great stir fry!
  • Bridget I.
    Bridget IsaiaOctober 22, 2011
    Chicken udon soup
  • Marcus L.
    Marcus LiwagMarch 8, 2010
    love the salads but the grilled chicken always dry
  • Andres W.
    Andres WeberJuly 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Seriously...Get the udon.
  • sloan M.
    sloan MerglerJuly 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Only place to get decent dunbury w/ brown rice around
  • Kiki W.
    Kiki WickiSeptember 5, 2016
    Expensive deli ever!
  • William R.
    William RaderAugust 17, 2013
    Don't get the smoothies.
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GravesApril 12, 2011
    Chicken Parm gyro
  • Kendra A.
    Kendra AOctober 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I love their shrimp alfredo!
  • Scanwiches
    ScanwichesAugust 5, 2011
    Garlic Melt. Read more
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LSeptember 14, 2010
    Amazing paninis.
  • Henry W. N.
    Henry W. NgMarch 31, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    curry chicken sandwich.
  • Kris C.
    Kris ConcepcionJune 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Cafe Disappointment excels at nothing but has a wide variety of lunch options to choose from.
  • Laurent R.
    Laurent RaufasteDecember 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Their sushis suck
  • Eko P.
    Eko PrasetyoJuly 15, 2010
    Great Pasta!
  • Emily P.
    Emily PasserDecember 10, 2013
    Worst cafe duke. Go to the one in midtown instead.
  • Bonnie A.
    Bonnie ADecember 21, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    It's fast.
  • Girish R.
    Girish RJanuary 11, 2010
    Check out the hot pasta bar
  • Ben O.
    Ben OviattMarch 5, 2010
    Rob is right... Good burgers.
  • Brian R.
    Brian RiesOctober 1, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Bring a smoke mask!
  • Rob P.
    Rob PimentelJanuary 15, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Pretty good burgers.
  • Jenna B.
    Jenna BickelmannApril 25, 2013
    Don't eat here! Dirty and very rude staff.
  • Nick F.
    Nick FodenDecember 27, 2010
  • Zach G.
    Zach GentryDecember 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Way overpriced
  • Arvid E.
    Arvid EngeDecember 16, 2016
    Gute Auswahl an Speisen, von Chinesisch bis Italienisch. Ich war leider im Winter da. Es war sehr kalt auch im Laden
  • Jenny Y.
    Jenny YakimovaSeptember 16, 2013
    Кафе с огромным шведским столом, отдельные блюда мы не попробовали, так как поели на 30$ с напитками и уже не можем двигаться. Очень вкусно!
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