Cafe Orlin

Cafe Orlin

Café, Mediterranean Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
East Village, New York
371 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • brunch food
  • pumpkin pancakes
  • lively
  • healthy food
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    Everything from the Tunisian Eggs to the Huevos Rancheros to the Pumpkin Pancakes was so good, but the Home Fries were the best! And the Americano! TIP: They do Weekday Brunch!
  • Natalia M.
    The benedicts were perfectly done with very savory house fries. The pumpkin pancakes are to die for. I was skeptic with the yogurt sauce but it's the perfect combination. The right portions. COME!
  • Katja H.
    Katja HaackOctober 23, 2015
    Great selection of breakfast! I loved the potatoes which were served with the poached eggs. The pancakes with blueberries and banana were also perfectly fluffy. The dishes were definitely worth money
  • Dina
    DinaApril 25, 2014
    Local gem. Around for years, always good, unpretentious food. A great stop for lunch and can always get a seat on a weekend. Hijiki salad with shrimp and grilled calamari with arugula - a must!
  • Perri S.
    Perri SilverAugust 11, 2013
    This one one of my favorite brunch spots in the east village! The smoked salmon Benedict and Mediterranean breakfast are delicious. The herb omelette is good too, but it is extremely herby so beware!
  • Hal K.
    Hal KirklandJune 9, 2013
    Order what u like but you simply have to talk to this guy. He works here. He's totally insane but he crushes furniture for fun. its AWEsome! just don't spill condiments on your hands he might eat you.
  • The Local East Village
    The Local East VillageAugust 11, 2011
    Ajay Naidu -- AKA Samir from "Office Space" - calls this the best place to take out-of-town visitors in the East Village. "It has the most delicious food and the best ingredients. It's my home cafe." Read more
  • Dina
    DinaApril 29, 2014
    Great, inexpensive, unpretentious food. Same menu served all day, a great option for the twilight eating hours 3-5, when most places are closed. Hijiki salad with shrimp and calamari are a must.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 10, 2013
    Help yourself to that warm, fall-time flavor we love during all 4 seasons. A creamy cinnamon yogurt served over a plate of hot, fluffy pumpkin pancakes captures a balance of sensational tastes.
  • Alyssa A.
    The best chicken I've ever had is the chicken schnitzel. I'm not joking. It's perfectly breaded. There is so many excellent choices (including the hummus platter!) and foods to broaden your horizons.
  • Katie M.
    Katie MillerOctober 15, 2012
    Reasonable prices, great food and a good selection of caffeinated drinks. Had the pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon yogurt sauce and they were delicious! Will definitely be going back to try more of menu
  • Bobby N.
    Bobby NooromidSeptember 29, 2013
    While it's definitely a go-to brunch spot, the food's always delicious and service is always fast, note that they (surprisingly) don't offer free refills on coffee and don't take American Express.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJanuary 20, 2015
    Take a stroll here for some inexpensive pancake action. Try the pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon yogurt or the Millet Pancakes served with home made chicken sausage, goat cheese, & beet salad. Read more
  • Genesis M.
    Genesis MJuly 15, 2014
    I ordered the breakfast sandwich & the bf ordered pumpkin pancakes. One bite of his breakfast and I didn't even want mine anymore. Girls (and guys), just get the pancakes. You'll thank me later.
  • Netsirk
    NetsirkJune 13, 2012
    Come here after a good night for some desserts or coffee before sobering up. I recommend their delicious tiramisu made just right with their iced mint tea (unsweetened). Beware: I saw a spider there.
  • Asim J.
    Asim JaweedJanuary 21, 2013
    American brunch with the right level of authentic middle eastern flair. Grab a side of lebni with pita as a starter. Graduate to the Tunisian omelette and ask for the homemade hot sauce.
  • Divya M.
    Divya MenonApril 20, 2014
    Get the chicken pistachio sausage, they are sooooo good! Of course you can't finish brunch here without their famous pumpkin pancakes and delicious cappuccino!
  • Ale T.
    Ale Tower1 week ago
    Very good, huge pancakes. Loved the eggs on muffin with lox and hollandaise (we called them Eggs Royale in England, they call them Eggs Norway or something). Coffee could be improved.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BrightSeptember 21, 2014
    Tried the Middle Eastern breakfast. Poached eggs weren't very flavorful. Labna had a perfect, creamy texture. Israeli salad was one of the best I've had recently. Overall, very balance dish.
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarNovember 8, 2014
    The crowd looks insane but tables move fast, don't let it scare you away. Steak and eggs and pancakes are the way to go. And the standard 4 brunch drinks - OJ, bloody, water, coffee.
  • Celine C.
    One of my favorite places in NYC. So sad they took mushroom ravioli off the menu :( wonderful burgers, salads and pasta dishes. Also recommend hummus platter and fried calamari!
  • Marshall H.
    Marshall HMay 2, 2011
    Ask for the millet pancakes (possibly not on the menu). Served with beets & goat cheese, these pancakes are delicious, savory, and don't need syrup. You'll be coming back again for more of 'em.
  • S_J L.
    S_J LNovember 14, 2014
    had a great brunchpumpkin pancake with cinnamon yogurt was really delish! I don't like pumpkin flavored food/drinks, so good job cafe orlin!! :) cappuccino was good too!
  • Joanne R.
    Great service and food! We sat on the terrace since the weather was nice and couldn't have a better experience. The food was awesome too! I will go back for sure
  • Marshall H.
    Marshall HFebruary 8, 2011
    This place is pretty jammed on the weekends... their 5-seat bar is a good, low-key alternative to waiting for a table. Plus, you'll get the quickest Bloody Mary refill in the house.
  • Alexandros P.
    I visited this pace with great expeditions due to the hype but I was not amazed. Spinach omelette was very decent and service was very good. Found the interior a bit poorly decorated.
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfOctober 6, 2015
    Food was good but service was appalling. I found a hair in my meal and let's just say the manager's response was unusual. I swear she was trying to pick it up and examine it in front of me. Gross!
  • Berk K.
    Berk KapiciogluJanuary 16
    I tried both the Egg Norwegian and the Middle Eastern Breakfast. Middle Eastern Breakfast is by far the best. Egg Norwegian was not good, since the bread was stale. Server was arrogant.
  • Brian
    BrianSeptember 7, 2010
    Date #21, Martha: Awesome brunch place—a great deal. Just think twice when you order the brunch gimlet. It is bright pink and is served in a martini glass..........
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneMarch 24, 2012
    Bustling and busy spot due to the prices and generous servings for brunch. The smoked salmon salad was a bit underwhelming though. Plain dressing and lots of leaves and celery.
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RoseMarch 3, 2013
    WORST service Ive ever experienced server didn't check on us the entire meal and had an attitude when we asked for our drinks comped bc they came AFTER we finished eating. Food great but not worth it!
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchOctober 16, 2015
    The Bitches Say: B+. This quaint East Village establishment is affordable and accommodating, but stick to the Middle Eastern menu items. Read more
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    Come for brunch and a chance to try the Mediterranean-inspired menu. Plates are all affordable, and include the typical omelette, sandwiches, and pancake options.
  • Greg J.
    Greg JacobsMarch 30, 2013
    Been eating here for as long as I have lived in New York. Patio is great in the warm and it's cozy inside during the winter. Goat cheese salad is wonderful!
  • Nuree C.
    Nuree ChoeNovember 16, 2013
    The tunesian eggs were very tasty. I wanted the pumpkin pancakes but since it would've been too much with the eggs, I got one pancake as a side. Delicious!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 17, 2011
    This place is often packed for brunch and for good reason. The pumpkin pancakes are all they're cracked up to be, and outdoor seating makes it great for people watching.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 9, 2013
    An East Village brunch staple - cheap and consistently delicious. The pumpkin pancakes are to die for, trust us!
  • Paul N.
    Paul NoceraJune 17, 2010
    great menu, not a mile long, so what they offer is well prepared every time. always good for a destination if there is a snow storm or an electical blackout.
  • Jeffrey R.
    Jeffrey RJune 9, 2013
    Went for a light dinner last night. The salads, especially the special beet salad with pistachios, were great, and the service could not have been friendlier.
  • Alec M.
    Alec MFebruary 21, 2012
    If you're eating with a boyfriend or girlfriend, one of you should get the steak and eggs, the other the pumpkin combo and pumpkin pancakes. Perfect combo!
  • Nas B.
    Nas BenaliAugust 1, 2015
    Loved the Eggs Norwegian and Eggs Blackstone from their Brunch Features menu. The capuccino was delicious.
  • Tabitha x.
    Tabitha xxJanuary 5, 2014
    This place used to be so cozy and quaint. Now you have to scream to hear the other person. But the brunch is still great so I'll still come here!
  • Chirag K.
    Chirag KotechaJanuary 17
    The two eggs breakfast was great! Scrambled eggs were lovely, with good cappuccinos and fresh fruit too. I'd definitely recommend for breakfast / brunch
  • Lane R.
    Lane RettigJune 8, 2014
    Pumpkin pancakes and Tunisian eggs are to die for. Seriously. Likely the best brunch I've had in New York.
  • Fee O.
    Fee OJuly 13, 2015
    Lots of menu options..great brunch place, outside seating, serve wine/beer/cocktails..a really good to go spot for relaxing afternoons.
  • Laura
    LauraAugust 10, 2011
    Great brunch spot. Sit outside, nurse a cup of coffee (and/or a hangover) and order the smoked salmon and cream cheese omelette. Delicious.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneDecember 13, 2012
    Good soy latte if you can get into this popular spot. It's bigger than it looks from the outside and the line moves so worth the wait!
  • Eden S.
    Eden SutleyNovember 18, 2012
    Very reasonably priced brunch with great food. Millet pancakes with chicken pistachio sausage and beet salad was perfect at just 11 bucks.
  • David M.
    David MilbergJanuary 5
    I LOVE this place. As a banker who gets stressed out a lot, this place helps me unwind. Great food and great service. Not pricey either!
  • Erin H.
    Erin HauswirthMay 13, 2010
    Best eggs benedict hands down! And on the weekends they have a special that's a salmon benedict with a potato pancake that's outrageously tasty.
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