Cafe Orlin

Cafe Orlin

Café, Mediterranean Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Christiana
    ChristianaNovember 26, 2016
    Amazing amazing brunch and service. I got the egg florentine and breakfast blend tea. Ask for their homemade hot sauce. I never tasted anything like this! It's to die for.
    Upvoted Mar 9
  • Natalia M.
    Natalia MarinApril 23, 2016
    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!
  • Raquel G.
    Raquel GCMarch 5
    Delicious food and great coffee! I ordered the middle eastern brunch and i couldn't have been more impressed. The yemenite brunch and bread is also delicious. An absolute must visit in NYC
    Upvoted Mar 9
  • honeywhatscooking.com
    honeywhatscooking.comFebruary 7, 2016
    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!
  • 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
    Upvoted Mar 9
  • 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.
  • Sara R.
    Sara RadakovicSeptember 27, 2016
    Perfect spot for breakfast. Middle eastern eggs ( scrumble eggs) was delicious and service was prompt!
    Upvoted Mar 9
  • Ale T.
    Ale TowerJuly 10, 2016
    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.
    Upvoted Mar 9
  • Jay G.
    Jay GaoOctober 13, 2016
    Everything is great about this place, the atmosphere, the drinks, the food of course, the steak and eggs with their spinach sauce is absolutely amazing. My #1 goto place when I go to NYC.
  • Joury I.
    Joury IbrahimSeptember 1, 2016
    LOVE IT! I tried the omelette with spinach and feta cheese and it was great. I went there on Sunday for brunch and the atmosphere was amazing. The whole staff were one of the best in NYC. Recommended
  • 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
    Upvoted Mar 9
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Chirag K.
    Chirag KotechaJanuary 17, 2016
    The two eggs breakfast was great! Scrambled eggs were lovely, with good cappuccinos and fresh fruit too. I'd definitely recommend for breakfast / brunch
    Upvoted Mar 9
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Asim J.
    Asim JaweedJanuary 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Alyssa A.
    Alyssa AndersonJanuary 7, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CasperMay 12, 2016
    wonderful brunch place - sat outside and got delicious iced Americano, best omelette I've had in ages, and just great atmosphere!!
    Upvoted Mar 9
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanOctober 4, 2012
    Indonesian Chicken is very good - hummus is pretty good (maybe get it without tomatoes and onions)
  • Celine C.
    Celine CMay 2, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • 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.
  • Iga J.
    Iga JakubikOctober 2, 2016
    Both Norwegian and Florentine Eggs were fantastic. Portions were quite generous as well. Big plus for fresh orange juice and coffee included:)
  • Netsirk
    NetsirkJune 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Greg J.
    Greg JacobsMarch 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Joanne R.
    Joanne ReinardMay 1, 2016
    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
  • 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.
  • Marshall H.
    Marshall HMay 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • Nas B.
    Nas BenaliAugust 1, 2015
    Loved the Eggs Norwegian and Eggs Blackstone from their Brunch Features menu. The capuccino was delicious.
  • 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!
  • Chad H.
    Chad HornerMarch 6, 2016
    pumpkin pancakes come topped with cinnamon yogurt; not as sweet as you might expect
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Marshall H.
    Marshall HFebruary 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Catarina P.
    Catarina PereiraJune 7, 2016
    Avocado on toast, delicious. Wifi password: breakfast.
  • 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.
  • Neda T.
    Neda T.September 15, 2014
    Great brunch spot in East Village. There is usually a line up to get it, but it moves quickly and it's worth the wait
  • 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.
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny LamSeptember 18, 2013
    Came here for dinner: yummy food, delicious desserts, highly recommended and def coming back for brunch since everyone is talking about it :)
  • Betül Y.
    Betül YILDIZ 🌴October 12, 2014
    Great brunch! I love them giving really fresh squeezed orange juice and great coffee!
  • David M.
    David MilbergJanuary 5, 2016
    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!
  • 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!
  • ilyas t.
    ilyas tekerDecember 22, 2014
    That was delicious! You should try Middle Eastern Eggs breakfast and Fontina Cheese Omelet
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 23, 2013
    Middle Eastern/Israeli restaurant very popular at brunch. Cute outdoor seating and great hummus.
  • Andrea P.
    Andrea PlaskoFebruary 16, 2015
    Anything and everything is amazing here....the goat cheese sandwiches are my hidden loves, but brunch is also packed with yummies!
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiFebruary 8, 2015
    Mediterranean breakfast for 12 dollars. Delicious pita bread with cheese
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LitvakFebruary 28, 2015
    Great Bloody Mary. You can't go wrong with anything on the brunch menu... Be sure to try the Canadian bacon!
  • Butter
    ButterJune 25, 2014
    Tunisian eggs - perfect if you like a little spice. Almost like a warm salsa. Plus, the potatoes that came with it was delightful!
  • 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.
  • Simon K.
    Simon KratzerJanuary 18
    The potato pancakes are my favorite.
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 11, 2010
    East Village location where every meal is cheap and delicious. Always impressed. -Eric Wolitzky, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • Frances M.
    Frances M.February 21, 2013
    Great for brunch. Try the brunch specials & pancakes. Filling and delicious. Come early on weekends. Otherwise, expect a long wait.
  • Eden S.
    Eden SutleyNovember 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Very reasonably priced brunch with great food. Millet pancakes with chicken pistachio sausage and beet salad was perfect at just 11 bucks.
  • Baturalp T.
    Baturalp TorunJuly 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    You cannot go wrong here but Diana's breakfast is so good. Pay attention to daily brunch specials. Share the pancakes!
  • Mullica Z.
    Mullica ZudsiriJuly 29, 2015
    Loved the chicken skewer and guava spritzer. Salmon was good but not the show stopper. Loved the outdoor seating.
  • pipitu
    pipituOctober 30, 2016
    The feta and spinach omelette is quite good. I also ordered the chicken pistachio sausage which looked a bit weird but tasted great.
  • Shivan S.
    Shivan SarnaDecember 5, 2016
    My gosh, the pumpkin pancakes are so good. But I prefer the Tunisian Eggs dish.
  • Dzmitry Y.
    Dzmitry YschoukDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't be discouraged by its tame look, the food is great and the drinks stout, cheap and very enjoyable. My goto place as a New Yorker.
  • 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.
  • Karan T.
    Karan TamhaneApril 9, 2015
    This place has really good food..! Tried the Malawach in their brunch menu..the fried dough was a little oily, but otherwise great!
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SeedsApril 22, 2012
    Brunch is AMAZING. Mimosa + Huevos Rancheros = WIN. Steak and eggs, smoked salmon bagel, AND the breakfast sandwich are also winners.
  • Blair B.
    Blair BaxterMay 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite place in the EV, they offer a quick or long lunch. Everything is good especially the soup specials.
  • veronica r.
    veronica rodriguezJuly 1, 2015
    Loved the crab burger! Sadly it was a special but their menu is always changing. Then get a delicious dessert with chai tea or cappuccino.
  • Adam T.
    Adam ThompsonMarch 31, 2013
    A great NYC brunch. Good coffee drinks and a scrumptious smoked salmon omelette. Our service was excellent to boot.
  • Ellis H.
    Ellis HamburgerFebruary 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Wow. Like. The steak and eggs with spinach sauce. You won't regret it.
    Upvoted Feb 18
  • David H.
    David HuApril 28, 2014
    Although known for brunch, there's just as awesome of a selection for dinner. Had the schnitzel, was not disappointed!
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuce1 week ago
    Absolutely amazing food and ambiance. I can't recommend it enough. Perfect for 2. Ok for 4. Recommended for 2.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SpanolaFebruary 28, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Im surprised this is listed as a breakfast place when they have such a great dinner menu. Chicken Schnitzel is fantastic.
  • Roberto M.
    Roberto MVSeptember 22, 2014
    Great place. You can choice a lot of options to have dinner, lunch, brunch ir breakfast. Staff very kindly
  • Christian D.
    Had the eggs with hummus, which I don't think was a winning combination. the egg sandwich (bagel) was great!
  • 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.
  • 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..........
  • Janet C.
    Janet Cheung1 week ago
    Lovely staff and food for brunches. Indoor and outdoor seating. Huge portions pancakes and raspberry iced tea
  • Meredith
    MeredithAugust 26, 2016
    Loads of delicious Mediterranean breakfast options at a reasonable price. Sit outside with a mimosa and take in the city vibes!
  • Teresa
    TeresaAugust 19, 2014
    Great for brunch! Portion sizes are hearty. Try the pumpkin pancake!
  • Kay J.
    Kay JayJanuary 1
    Good food, excellent drinks, and a cute decor. Not too noisy but not silent - perfect for dinner and conversation!
  • RC
    RCMay 31, 2015
    Great unique brunch items. Note, no brewed coffee with unlimited refills. The espresso drinks are great though.
  • Stefanie B.
    Stefanie BühlerApril 5, 2016
    Breakfast until 4 pm :) get the eggs with humus and pita so delishes and their cappuccino was amazing
  • Renae M.
    Renae MasonJuly 23, 2015
    The middle eastern breakfast with labne, salad & poached eggs was fresh and tasty. Good soy cap too.
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachJuly 22, 2014
    The malawach (a Yemenite crêpe-like dish) is a great choice at brunch. The pumpkin pancakes too.
  • Katherine R.
    Katherine RethAugust 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Followed a tip and got the grilled calamari salad. Amazing! Friend's chicken cutlet sandwich looked divine. Been wanting to go back!
  • Annie M.
    Annie MApril 2, 2016
    Pancakes, banana bread and 2 eggs any style ! Everything was very tasty ! Nice place and really welcoming !
  • Fatma A.
    Fatma AldarwishSeptember 27, 2016
    The breakfast is so yummy. We tried the middle eastern and Tunisian breakfast... Both were excellent 👌🏼
  • Susan L.
    Susan LohMarch 3, 2012
    if you're feeling adventurous, get the malawach. delicious fried dough, fresh tomato relish, and eggs. unbeatable!
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SidesSeptember 8, 2014
    The mussels are light and fabulous, they come with fries though, so if you're hungry it's still a good choice.
  • Borja E.
    Borja ElorrietaOctober 4, 2013
    Great place for breakfast. Get a table outside in a sunny day!
  • L B.
    L BAugust 20, 2015
    Love the rosemary maple soda the salmon sandwich and beef tacos also the flourless chocolate cake!
  • Mitra S.
    Mitra SalaselJanuary 8, 2016
    Green omelette stuffed with middle eastern herbs + Arab pita(the real kind) = best EV breakfast
  • Michael T.
    Michael TiffanyJanuary 13, 2012
    Order the humbly named chicken sausage on the side. It's house-made, and it's astounding, with pistachios and brilliant spices.
  • Nick A.
    Nick AndlingerSeptember 27, 2015
    Mogador gets all the brunch love, but this place is significantly better. Would kill for those pumpkin pancakes.
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