Cafe Lalo

Cafe Lalo

Café and Dessert Shop$$$$
Upper West Side, New York
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  • Angelo F.
    "I never realized this is where Meg Ryan shoot "You've got Mail"."(6 Tips)
    Irene
    "Cozy atmosphere, can't go wrong with the cheesecake selections."(27 Tips)
    Teresa E.
    "Tea and cakes are great, the place is very nice and cozy."(45 Tips)
    Chelsea B.
    "Coffees come with a mini Toblerone."(4 Tips)
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  • Warrent S.
    Warrent SattFebruary 2, 2014
    Lalo is one of those places that I debated writing about as I enjoy it so much, would said this does deserve praise for being a charming and delightful destination for the Coffee and magnificent cake.
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BalkanSeptember 28, 2014
    #FabuLIST #DubiDO Eggs are all organic and steamed with no oil or butter. Try the aged Gouda with mushrooms and spinach or sharp cheddar with cauliflower. Coffees come with a mini Toblerone. Very cute
  • Radka J.
    Radka JaníkováJanuary 21, 2015
    The best red velvet cake ever. Got a tip from some guys we met, and it was definitely worth it. Bf got chocolate satin cake and said is one of the best cakes ever - and he foes not like sweets:-)
  • vlad a.
    vlad anichkinOctober 21, 2012
    We got a raspberry almond cheesecake and a strawberry short cake. Both were very delicious but not the best as some of tips proclaimed. The cappuccinos were really good.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SpectorOctober 25, 2015
    Upper West Side classic - try the international breakfasts (great deals on little continental meals) or the Lalo salad. Beautiful cakes and breads.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 14, 2011
    Self-proclaimed as the most famous café in NY – it was in You’ve Got Mail. Open until 2am (Fri & Sat until 4am) makes it the perfect place to go after a show or a late date. It’s a little pricey and c
  • Bollare
    BollareMarch 30, 2012
    Best known for appearing in You've Got Mail, this charming European café carries over 100 cakes to satisfy your sweet tooth! Love their signature Chocolate Lava a la Mode – absolute heaven! —Dara
  • Zach L.
    Zach LinderDecember 14, 2014
    You've Got Mail appearance or not, one of my favorite spots in NYC. Before you ask, Viennese Coffee is coffee with whipped cream on top.
  • Ms. Dee B.
    Ms. Dee BellJune 22, 2012
    Amazing! Love the atmosphere. Love the food and desserts. Space is tight and that $25 min on credit cards is annoying so bring cash or take something home with you from the dessert case.
  • Tara D.
    Tara DîanaNovember 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A classic with delicious coffee and desserts! They give you a cute chocolate with your drink. The "international brunch" menu is cute, too, but I prefer sticking to after-dinner options here.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 17, 2014
    Most famous for its scene with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in You’ve Got Mail, Cafe Lalo offers a wide variety of desserts, pastries, cocktails/spirits and breakfast items served all day. Read more
  • Bonnie H.
    Bonnie HeymanJune 21, 2011
    The chocolate banana cake with coconut is amazing! I also had tastes of the chocolate orange mousse and the black and white cake - both were delicious! This place has a great atmosphere and fun music.
  • Yolanda Shoshana
    Yolanda ShoshanaAugust 16, 2011
    One of my favorite spots to get a cup of coffee ( and dessert). They make coffee in so many ways there, you can't go wrong. You will remember this place from the movie, You've Got Mail.
  • Lucie K.
    Lucie KleckovaFebruary 6, 2015
    I wonder how Shopgirl managed to be here almost alone when she waited for NY152. Yes, it's the place from You've Got Mail movie. It was overcrowded, big time. Delicious pastry and coffee though.
  • Leo S.
    Leo SerranoJuly 3, 2012
    Get the key lime cheesecake. Comparing to what u would get in anywhere else is not even fair... Or get the Tres Leches. Delicious stuff.
  • 9ft5wt
    9ft5wtOctober 22, 2014
    We hit this place at 8pm on a Sunday and to was jammed and noisy. I'd like to try it again when it is quieter. Orange lemon cake was great! Also fresh orange juice.
  • Melody A.
    Melody AngelesAugust 20, 2013
    8 million kinds of dessert, good selection of organic sandwiches, yummy frozen yogurts and great cappuccinos
  • Gabriela G.
    Gabriela GrossmannJune 8, 2015
    I am not a big fan of red velvet but this one was delicious. I give it a 10/10, but the black and white cheesecake was like a 5/10
  • Michael R.
    Michael RiegelmanFebruary 10, 2013
    Nice place. Very swanky & hip. Fun to go to with your sweetheart after playing in the snow all day. Great hot coco & Baileys. A bit pricey, but I think I'll have another...
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoMarch 26, 2015
    Dining at Cafe Lalo is like being in a true Parisian bistro; tables are squeezed together, conversations are loud, and the coffee is brewed well. Credit card minimum of $10.
  • NycGal
    NycGalFebruary 1, 2016
    I have been coming here for their steamed eggs for years. The desserts are amazing. Go early to avoid sitting shoulder to shoulder with people.
  • Heather H.
    Heather HeckMay 10, 2015
    The eggs weren't anything special but the coffee and baked goods (especially the scones) are delicious. Plus, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks ate here. :)
  • Noelle Q.
    Noelle QuanciApril 15, 2013
    Best. Pie. Ever. It's a really pretty French-style cafe that also does pretty heinous alcoholic milkshakes, perfect for late-night dining.
  • Courtney S.
    Courtney ShambaughApril 3, 2013
    The service sucks, but the food is delicious. The Dutch apple crumb pie was the most amazing thing ever. Warmed w a scoop of vanilla!
  • Yolanda Shoshana
    Yolanda ShoshanaJune 19, 2011
    If you want a sexy and luscious spot with European flair, this is it! It's one of my favorite locations in the city. It's oh la la! Great for a meeting or a date! Gets a modern courtesan thumbs up!
  • Katie Y.
    Katie YoungerAugust 7, 2011
    Cutest place! Delicious desserts and open late but tucked away on a quiet street! Love the zabaglione with berries and the lemon fruit cooler!
  • Nikki V.
    Nikki VargasAugust 17, 2011
    Great Dessert place! On my visit I had an elderflower champagne cocktail, dessert & listened to a live guitarist..needless to say it's worth the trip :)
  • Jazmyn T.
    Jazmyn TubervilleMarch 21, 2014
    Skip the food (it's subpar) and go straight for the desert! Seriously amazing and worth every bite! Lemon tart was delicious.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SuchoffJanuary 27, 2013
    You know coffee is done right when it's served with a Toblerone chocolate! Amazing desserts and signature coffee drinks!
  • Danielle O.
    Danielle O.July 24, 2013
    Adorable decor, very friendly and helpful waitresses but was very disappointed they were out of three different desserts I tried to order! Get there early to get what you want!
  • Ashley L.
    Ashley L.December 7, 2012
    Add Avocado to the Tomato Mozzarella & Pesto on Toasted Wheat Bread and you're good to go!
  • Alev K.
    Alev KaratayMay 10, 2015
    Omelette with cauliflower, olives, cheddar and goat cheeses is fantastic. Try different countries' traditional breakfast here.
  • Justin H.
    Justin HOctober 16, 2016
    Only place in New York where you can order a sit down cake and coffee all day (and night) without feeling guilty.
  • Jasmine C.
    Jasmine ChongMarch 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Belgian chocolate mousse cake, and grilled mozzarella and cauliflower sandwich on a croissant. Something sweet, something savoury.
  • Kristina M.
    Kristina MarieMay 24, 2013
    Great place to go late night. A very lively crowd and setting, not to mention amazing dessert options :)
  • Paul F.
    Paul FigzMarch 9, 2012
    The 6 cheese with red raspberry wine is the most delicious and reasonably priced wine and cheese platter in all NY.
  • SouthernBeets
    SouthernBeetsDecember 26, 2012
    Come for dessert and coffee. There are dozens of cakes and pies to choose from (but the breakfast/lunch fare didn't look too impressive).
  • Bonnie E.
    Bonnie EisenmanAugust 15, 2015
    Gorgeous atmosphere. My pastry was good, frozen hot chocolate was more like a milkshake but still good. Super cute place.
  • Nhm Tanveer Hossain K.
    Nhm Tanveer Hossain KhanSeptember 9, 2016
    Loved this place, very happening and bright ambience made it awesome. Way too much things to eat for dessert.
  • Santia V.
    Santia ValerioSeptember 28, 2015
    Cute date spot and soo many dessert options! They also give you a chocolate truffle w/ your coffee.😊
  • Club Monaco
    Club MonacoMay 16, 2011
    Recognize Cafe Lalo from the backdrop of famous NYC movies? We're regulars for their perfect cappuccinos and fluffy Belgian waffles.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DMay 16, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Come here for breakfast on any typical weekday to appreciate the charm and splendor of what makes Cafe Lalo terrific.
  • Krista S.
    Krista Sande-KerbackSeptember 18, 2011
    Great date spot and Friday night hangout (especially while weather is good...friends say it gets stuffy in winter)
  • Joy S.
    Joy SzilagyiMarch 18, 2014
    Great jazz and Bossa nova here on Monday nights from 7:30 to 11:30 with Carlota Gurascier and Jose M Gurascier
  • Anuj G.
    Anuj GoyalDecember 17, 2015
    Amazing food, wonderful service, and great ambiance that made me want to stay for hours!
  • Mario L.
    Mario LopezSeptember 5, 2016
    Tasty coffee and good music. Don't miss the cheesecake.
  • Stefanee S.
    Stefanee SchofieldDecember 23, 2012
    Food is amazing and the chocolate is to die for. Avocado wasn't too fresh but that's a minor detail.
  • Luci
    LuciDecember 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Just love this cafe. Don't miss the fondue and Try a slice of cheesecake.
  • Pope P.
    Pope PhoenixJuly 13, 2013
    The dessert here earns all the accolades you've read about. Really delicious. Try the banana cheese cake.
  • Antonio
    AntonioAugust 2, 2015
    Great cozy little cafe that serves one of the best Key Lime pies I've ever had.
  • Habib O.
    Habib OmarApril 6, 2015
    "You've got Mail" Taking out of town friends always a thrill! It's not a place to worry about your calories!
  • Farida K.
    Farida KaizarDecember 8, 2014
    Twas a perfect end to my birthday. Everything looked amazing and their key lime cheesecake was the best ever.
  • Katie Y.
    Katie YoungerAugust 7, 2011
    Love the lemon fruit coolers And the zabaglione dessert. You won't be disappointed! Darling location too!
  • Jessica
    JessicaDecember 22, 2014
    The famous You've Got Mail cafe does not disappoint. Huge menu and open late!
  • Rebecca B.
    Rebecca BrownDecember 27, 2012
    It was here where "Shopgirl" (Megan Ryan) awaited inside to finally meet her online interest "NY152" (Tom Hanks). Finding out the true identity of "Shopgirl", Tom Hanks enters as Joe Fox.
  • Nikki V.
    Nikki VargasDecember 30, 2011
    Champagne cocktails, spanish guitar, delicious desserts & great decor. Cafe lalo is pure decadence.
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    The cappuccinos and espressos comes with a mini Toblerone on the side. Read more
  • Kaitlin H.
    Kaitlin HFebruary 16, 2014
    Best desserts I have ever tasted. Big props for the red velvet cheesecake
  • Clarissa B.
    Clarissa BlancoSeptember 8, 2012
    Come for the twinkle lights. Stay for the mousse. Ok and maybe You've Got Mail has something to do with it.
  • Daniel
    DanielAugust 16, 2011
    Fantastic place to end an evening! Split a slice of cake over coffee and take in the wonderful atmosphere.
  • Dan C.
    Dan ChoNovember 17, 2011
    The strawberry tart is highly recommended. Nice thin pastry crust, fresh cream... Not overly sweet.
  • Sibel A.
    Sibel AkcekayaApril 12, 2014
    Their favorite Lalo salad should not be favorite ..grilled vegetables with no special touch was pretty bad..and those grilled eggplant was so not needed
  • John B.
    John BigbooteJanuary 7, 2014
    motzart alternative. 3 types of rasberry chocolate cake. do not get one with whipped cream
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GarnettMay 9, 2012
    Beautiful French prints, big coffees and an incredible assortment of cakes.
  • Marlene A.
    Marlene AiadJune 22, 2011
    Best creme brule ever. They dont make it that good anywhere in paris. Service is amazinggggg
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkJuly 1, 2013
    Putting aside the fact that it was featured in the movie, “You’ve Got Mail,” just the outside ambience of Café Lalo attracts passersby.
  • Irene
    IreneAugust 16, 2015
    Cozy atmosphere, can't go wrong with the cheesecake selections.
  • Angelo F.
    Angelo Falconi IIINovember 16, 2016
    I never realized this is where Meg Ryan shoot "You've got Mail". Cool nice place! Beautiful Ambiance!
  • Robert B.
    Robert BarlowFebruary 3, 2016
    Desserts, desserts, more desserts. More than makes up for the cramped seating.
  • Suzette N.
    Suzette NguyenFebruary 29, 2012
    Cakes here are great. And so this there food. You have to come and try it
  • Mike R.
    Mike R.December 31, 2011
    Try the Gouda And Spinach Sandwich - Great with the Greek salad and potatoes.
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkApril 3, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Coffee drinks are all good, but cakes are disappointing.
  • Mitra S.
    Mitra SalaselJanuary 9, 2016
    Tourist trap--all the cakes sound great but are cloyingly sweet and the atmosphere is Times Square-ish
  • Josette
    JosetteJuly 25, 2015
    Their most abundant food item -steamed eggs - were not great, and the roast potatoes were cold and dried out. The pecan cheesecake tasted old too. Not a hit for me.
  • Chetta
    ChettaApril 20, 2014
    Servers look like junior high kids in undershirts, they stare when customers walk in! They have no idea how to be professional. Cute decor, unfitting music. (Switchfoot and a French cafe? Fail.)
  • Tunke L.
    Tunke LauriksJuly 22, 2015
    You probably recognize it from the movie you got mail! They serve oreo chocolate cheesecake, I'm in love...
  • lauren
    laurenJune 1, 2015
    Delicious and many options for desserts! Can be very crowded :/
  • Natalie F.
    Natalie FreilichJune 30, 2010
    Love the raspberry cheese cake Ive been coming here since I was a child and I still love it! Great ambience!
  • Jessie C.
    Jessie CatanaSeptember 29, 2015
    What a gem! Distinct NY charm. Pastries looked incredible but coffee to go was sub-par.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RonnerDecember 9, 2012
    Great dessert and espresso drinks. Pleasant atmosphere.
  • Jean P.
    Jean PMay 10, 2015
    Regular when college days. Always good to re-visit. No Meg Ryan waiting though!
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin PollisonMarch 23, 2013
    Fun breakfast place. Desserts are awesome
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaJanuary 10, 2016
    Come here for the desserts and bustling atmosphere, but not for the coffee
  • Manoj M.
    Manoj MadhavaJuly 27, 2015
    Amazing cheesecakes! Best I have had on UWS.
  • Park Y.
    Park Yong ShikDecember 21, 2016
    Good cappuccino but expensive ($5)
  • Ange S.
    Ange SimDecember 1, 2012
    It really is very loud in here. But the service isn't bad, and the decor is lovely. Maybe a better,poace to visit on a weekday morning?
  • Blake S.
    Blake SamicMarch 1, 2012
    The shiitake mushroom quiche with Mediterranean salad is amazing!
  • Sara .
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾December 1, 2016
    Huge selections of desserts ad coffee drinks. Good service.
  • Michael
    MichaelMay 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    When you order (hot) coffee, don't forget to eat the little Toblerone right away or set it aside so it doesn't melt.
  • Porter M.
    Porter MasonAugust 29, 2014
    Get the mozzarella and cauliflower grilled sandwich!
  • Bruno C.
    Bruno CardosoSeptember 29, 2015
    Grilled mozzarela and fresh basil sandwich is amazing.
  • Cihan S.
    Cihan SalihoğluAugust 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Strawberry lemonade and americano. Hastasiyiz dedeee!!!
  • Kate B.
    Kate B.January 24, 2010
    The "You've Got Mail" cafe! Very busy for weekend desserts but worth the wait. Try the maple pecan or Oreo cheesecakes.
  • Yan P.
    Yan PDecember 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Just pop in, go to the front and get a coffee to go.
  • Jason H.
    Jason H.February 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I walk here from the upper east craving one thing. A scone with clotted cream and jam!
  • Joe B.
    Joe BramhallAugust 1, 2015
    Lovely sandwiches and boozy shakes are great.
  • Morgan N.
    Amazing coffee! Do not miss out on breakfast here!
  • David M.
    David MilbergJune 14, 2016
    live music, delicious cake, and amazing milkshakes!
  • Hana F.
    Hana FYJuly 3, 2015
    Tres leches is perfect! You should try it!
  • Scott W.
    Scott WoodsApril 25, 2010
    Great venue with a fun atmosphere...The chocolate indulgence dessert & hot chocolate combo is a must
  • Rodrigo G.
    Rodrigo GarridoAugust 21, 2014
    Café com jeito europeu no upper west side de NY. Charmoso e agradável, com boas opções de lanches gourmet e sobremesas. O atendimento das garçonetes é impecável e a visita vale a pena.
  • Marina
    MarinaApril 1, 2015
    Очень милое уютное местечко, много сладостей, что глаза разбегаются! А от запаха кофе кружится голова! Очень вкусно)! Всегда людно и шумно, но это абсолютно не мешает!
  • Larissa P.
    Larissa PiresSeptember 29, 2015
    Lugar fofo. Sanduíche de salmão defumado delicioso. Vale a pena a visita. Ir após o Museu de história natural.
  • María F.
    María FernándezMay 20, 2016
    Ambiente tranquilo y muy agradable para probar alguna de sus docenas de tartas. Eso sí a 8-9$ por pieza.
  • Américo D.
    Pues los desayunos no son lo máximo, los encuentro bastantes simples pero el Red Velvet Cheese Cake no tiene abuela!
  • Luciana C.
    Luciana C.August 31, 2015
    Tem uma variedade enorme de tortas - todas são lindas e as que provei até hoje são deliciosas!
  • Dhyan
    DhyanNovember 12, 2015
    Soy turista, el lugar es muy lindo y elegante, el café es promedio, las meseras súper payasas!
  • Cristóbal V.
    Cristóbal ViñesJune 7, 2011
    Soy turista, no puedo asegurar que son los mejores de NYC, pero si aseguro que son buenísimos, 120% recomendables.
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