Cafe Duke

Cafe Duke

Deli / Bodega, Buffet, and Asian Restaurant$$$$
SoHo, New York
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  • CREATETHE GROUP
    "All the udon is great, I usually get mine with tofu."(19 Tips)
    Andrew W.
    "They occasionally have seaweed salad at the salad bar."(5 Tips)
    Sheldon B.
    "Great food (variety), fast, fun and cheap."(8 Tips)
    Brad B.
    "The pasta bar rocks my socks!"(3 Tips)
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  • 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!
    Upvoted Sep 11
  • 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)..
  • 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 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
    Upvoted Sep 11
  • CREATETHE GROUP
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneFebruary 19
    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
    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.
  • Sheldon B.
    Sheldon BishopSeptember 10, 2011
    Great food (variety), fast, fun and cheap. Best place on SoHo if you are in a hurry!
  • 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.
  • ZenFoodster Eats
    ZenFoodster EatsJune 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.
  • 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.
  • HuffPost
    HuffPostJuly 6, 2010
    A HuffPost lunchtime staple, we like the udon noodles, salads, and sandwiches. Check-out is also super fast. Ka-ching!
  • 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.
  • Jen C.
    Jen CobbOctober 10, 2011
    The eggplant parm panini is quite possibly one of the best sandwiches ever...also they are super fast!
  • Karl W.
    Karl With A "K"June 24, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the udon. You won't be sorry you did. #nomnom
  • 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.
  • ºDamian W.
    ºDamian White ºNovember 1, 2011
    You can get a selection of almost anything!! I am definitely digging this place...you 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.
  • Enrico S.
    Enrico SDecember 4, 2014
    You can find literally everything in there. Nice cafe!
  • Max S.
    Max SklarSeptember 2, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Try all the different chicken wraps. Each is a unique color.
  • 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.
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DawkinsJune 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Tasty paninis. Really fast check-out - faster to use a card than cash.
  • Vic Z.
    Vic Z.August 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...
  • Justin A.
    Justin AbuzidFebruary 4, 2015
    The godfather sandwich may have taken a small piece of my soul...in a good way
  • 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 :)
  • Max S.
    Max SklarOctober 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    General order anything or make your own plate place in soho.
  • Gigi C.
    Gigi ConcepcionAugust 31, 2011
    Try the linguini Alfredo with chicken mozzarella and parmesan cheese!!!
  • Contently HQ
    Contently HQApril 15, 2013
    Great hotbar! We also really love the ramen!
  • 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
    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.
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