Cafeteria

Cafeteria

New American Restaurant and Lounge$$$$
Chelsea, New York
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  • Paige C.
    Paige CSeptember 3, 2014
    I will come here time and time again. The staff is always extremely enthusiastic and friendly. I bring my dog with me and they treat her like gold. Every time I bring someone new, they always enjoy!
  • EArchitect
    EArchitectApril 11, 2016
    Amazing ambiance & great service! Need a place for a private dinner party of 20? There's a beautiful private dinning room here. Don't like the menu? Create your own personal menu for your guests.
  • Precious C.
    Precious CoxJuly 13, 2015
    OMG everything I tried on my visit was superb. The meatloaf super moist the tomato sauce light but packed with so much flavor. The calamari was to die for crunchy and savory. Try the 3 cheese Mac!
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronNovember 19, 2013
    This place has it all from trendy decor to sexy people. The food is great too all the simple food you love with a sexy twist. Good drinks, fair prices & Excellent wait staff. must try Mac attack!!
  • Meli
    MeliJune 9, 2013
    Wildly amazing food and service! Get your soul food here. The wild berry mojito & mac n cheese are MUST TRIES! The chicken is juicy and flavorful and so is their fish. RSVP beforehand.
  • Eric F.
    Eric FernandezAugust 18, 2013
    My goodness, this place has the best MacnCheese i've ever had in my life. The baby spinach salad is to die for! Had my 1st glass of Pino Noir wine, it was nice & tasty (not too dry w/ a sweet kick).
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMay 24, 2011
    Chic cafeteria serving delicious upscale diner food 24 hours a day – try the mac n’ cheese or the Fried Chicken N Waffles. Visit the lounge downstairs for liquid fare.
  • Anya M.
    Anya MorozDecember 13, 2016
    One of my favorite spot in the the city. The best Mac&Cheese in my life. Big portions, positive vibes, stylish people and great atmosphere . I highly recommend it 👌🏻😋
  • Nicole L.
    Nicole LeeApril 17, 2016
    Get the mojito or mimosa pitcher for about 5 drinks (you'll save about 50% by buying the cocktail in bulk and it's fun for the table!) Butternut squash toast, Mac trio, and mahi tacos were great.
  • Bee W.
    Bee WilliamsJanuary 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything about this place was great! We ordered a sampler of Mac&cheese. I ordered the roasted chicken and it was delicious! They don't take reservations and they're always busy so be ready to wait
  • M K.
    M KOctober 6, 2013
    Fantastic food, the green eggs and ham are epic. Make sure and be overly nice to the gatekeepers at the door, it can be a tad diva-esque, but once you make nice they're like butta! Consistently great
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 23, 2013
    Find comfort food 24 hours a day at Cafeteria. The fried chicken and waffles, mac and cheese, and Cobb salad has become a favorite of young Hollywood and locals looking for a late night snack.
  • Burk J.
    Burk JacksonNovember 10, 2013
    I have to say that the Skirt Steak was one of the best bargains I've found in a while. It was a substantial portion of steak, not a few slivers, and the spinach and polenta fries were amazing
  • Siobhán
    SiobhánJuly 9, 2016
    There's only three items on this menu I'm familiar with and they're the only three I need: truffle mac and cheese, truffle fries (with aioli), and the lamb burger. It is always so satisfying to here!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesFebruary 26, 2016
    The Fried Chicken and Waffles are phenomenal. Served with Cheddar Tabasco Waffle, Crispy Sage Grilled Lemon, Chili Butter and Maple Jus. A definite must try.
  • Walter B.
    Walter BryantMarch 21, 2013
    This is NOT your typical diner! The food is delicious and there are healthy options. Grab the soup & sammie and grab a few forks of the truffle Mac & Chz from a friend's plate! Sexy, chic vibe here
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    Cafeteria's most decadent offering is its macaroni and cheese, which come drenched in cheddar and fontina and are served with smoked gouda and bacon, truffle oil, or with 3 cheeses and an herb crust. Read more
  • Eric F.
    Eric FernandezSeptember 3, 2013
    Came for my b-day week. I'm in awe of space design (like a mansion) + bathroom area, OMG! Food? Sigh...spinach salad + MacnCheese is to die for! I also ate the mushrooms (I dont even like mushrooms!)
  • Mazi O.
    Mazi OAugust 1, 2013
    This spot is the greatest after party place to eat at. I love the way it feels like a posh club. You have to try the mac & cheese egg rolls! Amazing!
  • Alex N.
    Alex NguyenJuly 5, 2016
    Mac attack includes all three mac & cheese dishes. the salmon quinoa bowl is yummy. lively place with solid classics. the downstairs lounge is nice as well.
  • Erin M.
    Erin MurphyFebruary 8, 2015
    All the food I've ordered has always been delicious. Great cocktails too. They usually quote you a longer waiting time but it goes faster. Have a drink by the bar while you are waiting.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SmithSeptember 25, 2013
    Dying to go back. The manager (Milano? Sp) was so sweet and fun with our group. A friend told me parts of Sex and the City were filmed here. Great atmosphere and delicious food!
  • Karen C.
    Karen CongdonJune 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ifyou are in the mood for something sweet, try the homemade crispy buttermilk waffle! Ask for it with the chantilly cream instead of the cinnamon, it really goes well with the fresh berries!
  • Ailie C.
    Ailie ChangJune 27, 2015
    Everyone gets the Mac Attack and Chicken and Waffles here. They are delicious but if you want other yummy things I would suggest the BBQ Ribeye Tacos and the Blackberry Lemonade!
  • Riqui L.
    Riqui LawrenceFebruary 10, 2015
    Pretty much everything is created well and just tasty. Just the right serving of food that you don't fear for your waistline or feel cheated for your money. Staff has always been attentive.
  • BoozeMenus
    BoozeMenusFebruary 24, 2012
    Cafeteria offers a modern/intimate 24/7 noshing experience w/ signature dishes & tasty cocktails. For brunch, try the Inferno Bloody Mary; with a group, opt for a carafe of the Prickly Pear Margarita. Read more
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchSeptember 16, 2015
    The maple almond granola served with fresh fruit, low fat Greek yogurt, and organic honey is great for a light breakfast and the restaurant also serves up some killer avocado toast. Read more
  • Katie G.
    Katie GillisAugust 13, 2011
    The outside seating area is awesome on days when the weather is good. Plus, you can bring your dog with you! The waiters are so nice and they will actually bring water out for your pup on hot days :-)
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouSeptember 26, 2015
    I stopped by for 5:00 am drunk food cuz it's 24-Hr operative and there's a line. Now you know how popular this place is. Green eggs and ham is healthy and phenomenal. I will do brunch there totally.
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda McMahonSeptember 16, 2013
    Sure, get the Mac Attack like everyone suggests, but for the veggies out there, the black bean burger was delish! Super chic, upscale diner. Great food after a long night, somewhat pricey.
  • Nirav S.
    Nirav SuchakJuly 14, 2013
    Indoor seating is chic and the outdoor seating is good, if you want to indulge in people watching. Also, their smoked salmon Benedict is one of the better ones I've had in the city!
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaDecember 1, 2013
    Short rib tacos are the bomb. Definitely recommend the Liquid Passion and the Wildberry Mojito! And deep fried Oreos are a must.
  • Stanley S.
    Stanley StuyvesantFebruary 8, 2012
    Socialites, scenesters, and drag queens alike can be seen munching at this 24-hour "diner," which serves couture comfort foods like truffled mac & cheese, fried oreos, and fried chicken with waffles. Read more
  • Jen S.
    Jen ShinMarch 9, 2015
    amazing brunch. the salmon benedict comes on potato pancakes, so that was a plus. and the mac attack was absolutely delicious!
  • FitBark
    FitBarkAugust 13, 2013
    Little known fact about this trendy Chelsea staple? Their huge outdoor seating area is perfect for getting a table with your dog! Bones and water will be brought to your table!
  • Gianna S.
    Gianna SalvatoApril 14, 2016
    This place is BOMB. Food was so reasonable compared to a normal NYC brunch menu. Will totally be back. Their Avocado Eggs Benedict was amazing.
  • Paige K.
    Paige KlingermanMay 4, 2015
    A good place for dinner for 2. The truffle macaroni and cheese was absolutely amazing! To drink get there fruit infused mojito!
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BrightSeptember 7, 2015
    Lemon Ricotta pancakes are light, refreshing, and delicious. Maple cured bacon was a great side pairing. Avoid the espresso.
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrgelSeptember 8, 2013
    I like to call the restaurant from the table for my check. Highly recommended if you plan on doing anything with the rest of your day. Burger rules if you aren't angry by the time it arrives.
  • Suga B.
    Suga BabeeMarch 23, 2014
    OMG eating here is a must!! The meatloaf is to die fir. The bread pudding is amazing (and I don't eat bread pudding!!)
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    This chichi Chelsea hotspot's gotten a few grey hairs since its Sex and the City glory days, but if you're yearning to see a model pretend to eat a burger at 5 a.m., THIS IS IT, baby. Read more
  • Charlene Mae B.
    Charlene Mae BautistaApril 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Mac Attack is a MUST! *Truffle Mac n Cheese is the best! *Soup & Sammie is always a good choice. *Calamari Salad has a lot of calamari & worth it. The *Truffle Shrimp Risotto is amazing :)
  • Lisa Marie Phoenix J.
    A favorite 24HR venue.I often asked to be seated in the sm cozy area downstairs.The Cheddar&Fontina Cafeteria Mac and Cheese is 1 of the best in NYC.Drink:Lychee Martini or Blackberry Lemonade w/Stoli
  • Ken P.
    Ken Pierre IIAugust 7, 2014
    They are open 24hrs a day. The drinks are wonderful! Chicken and waffle are CRACK! Along with the fish tacos
  • Jason K.
    Jason KooMay 29, 2013
    Truffle Mac & cheese is seriously effing amazing. Entrees come in big portions so if you start with the Mac attack you can probably share an entree with yr mate.
  • Lindsay
    LindsayJune 1, 2013
    Try the waffle banana Sunday. It has a bunch of mystery surprises-all of which are delicious. Prepare for diabetes.
  • NearSay NYC
    NearSay NYCJuly 25, 2011
    Try the "Mac Attack," an appetizer of 3 types of macaroni and cheese, cheddar and fontina, gouda and bacon, and truffle oil is legendary in its own right! Good enough not to share!
  • Eliza K.
    Eliza KJanuary 15, 2011
    The Mac Attack will rock your socks off (eat in order of original, bacon, then scallion so you taste all flavors). Really heavy meal by itself. I split that & a salad with a friend and was stuffed!
  • Gaby
    GabyAugust 14, 2013
    Chicken was amazing but the waffles were very spicy🔥. The waiter was very attentive. The raspberry bread pudding was amazing! Get the mac & cheese!
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkJanuary 29, 2015
    Macattack, three different kinds of mac and cheese, is an essential. Open 24hours everyday. Lindsay Lohan used to brunch here.
  • Kelly
    KellyOctober 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Still a bit sceney, and (apart from bartenders) staffed by confused oddballs, even after all these years. Fine drinks - Blackberry Mojito is yummy, but could be a bit less sweet. The mac is king.
  • Alp O.
    Alp OzcelikJune 14, 2014
    Surprisingly good cocktails! Really good food, but you might have to wait a while. There's a secret downstairs area too; it's quieter if you want to talk.
  • Jacqui B.
    Jacqui B.3 weeks ago
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good here: the food, the staff, the service. Try the Cafeteria Old Fashion, the bar snacks, truffle fries and fried Mac and cheese.
  • Hotel Indigo
    Hotel IndigoJanuary 24, 2013
    Experience the eclectic comfort food of Cafeteria. Open 24/7, this edgy NYC institution offers up gooey gourmet mac & cheese and savory fried chicken and waffles. Read more
  • Stanley S.
    Stanley StuyvesantFebruary 8, 2012
    Socialites, scenesters, and drag queens alike can be seen munching at this 24-hour "diner," which serves couture comfort foods like truffled mac & cheese and fried chicken with waffles
  • Nef A.
    Nef AraiaNovember 5, 2010
    the Mac and Cheese is decent. If you like baked Mac and Cheese this isn't it!! Try the potato pancakes those are amazing little crepe fritters. And the meat loaf sandwich (only on the late nite menu)!
  • Elizabeth O.
    Elizabeth OtaolaJune 5, 2015
    I went here on a Saturday night after the clubs closed at 4am(or rather a Sunday early early morning). The food was unexpectedly delicious. I don't normally like Mac and cheese but this one sold me.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SMarch 10, 2014
    As a kosher diner, I was only to observe the chicken/waffles dish (could feed a family)...polished off by every single diner. Skip the string beans. Don't let them seat you in the communal room.
  • Joa
    JoaAugust 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my fav places! Mac & Cheese is always amazing, creative deserts & entrees are great. The blackberry lemonade is a must try, too! Music is on point... but get ready to wait, it's always packed!
  • Pia
    PiaApril 23, 2012
    24 hours. Great for outdoor seating and people watching. I like their mussels and lychee martini (though it might be seasonal). (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Jana T.
    Jana TaylorDecember 23, 2011
    Super hip spot. The staff is not only hot but well dressed. They play awesome music and have a GREAT menu. Did I mention they are open 24/7! Amazing!!!!
  • Jalina B.
    Jalina BeckDecember 23, 2011
    I had the mac attack and the wedge salad, sooo yummy! I will def be going back to this restaurant. Also, they have woelffer estates rose wine, the best!
  • Robin F.
    Robin FitzgeraldJuly 26, 2012
    If you feel like indulging, the waffle sundae is totally worth it! The ice cream is so delicious and its definitely the best waffle I've ever had!
  • Jenny N.
    Jenny NogovtnameJuly 6, 2012
    This place is truly amazing. Over the top trendy. It's on Sex & The City. The food is to die for. Mac N cheese is the best I've ever had!
  • Ramon G.
    Ramon GonzalezAugust 31, 2016
    Chicken Fried Waffles and Tomaro Basil Soup are the most amazing thing I ever had, dont miss them!
  • Kayleigh H.
    Kayleigh HarringtonOctober 4, 2016
    Great fries and burgers. The gluten free bun was delicious, like a burger between two hash browns.
  • Toyin O.
    Toyin OluwoleNovember 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Mac Attack, which has three awesome Mac and Cheese samplers in 8oz. cups. The truffle oil Mac and Cheese is amazing! You'll probably want to get a large size one to go.
  • Raciel C.
    Raciel CastilloDecember 12, 2012
    The menu changes at 1 am. So be sure to be mindful of the time you come in. Try the soup and Sammy after 1am. So delicious!
  • C. Sha•Doe M.
    C. Sha•Doe McIntoshNovember 8, 2015
    Great food, large portions, romantic ambiance, hot spot for small groups of friends, too loud for a important conversation after 7:30.
  • Alexis F.
    Alexis FanApril 16, 2012
    Definitely try the mac & cheese. That's what they are known for. The best one is gouda cheese and bacon. The slider burgers were good too.
  • Jenipher B.
    Jenipher BrodyDecember 4, 2014
    The calamari salad was amazing, as was the tomato soup. (the waitress said it came with "grilled cheese croutons" but it's just ONE crouton.) Wasn't keen on the Mac and cheese, but that's just me.
  • Kari K.
    Kari KinnunenJune 1, 2014
    Try to make any changes to the dish you're thinking about (like changing the cheece to something else) and get the straight NO as an answer. Start to think other options for the next time :)
  • Nikki K.
    Nikki KaufmanMarch 14, 2013
    All burgers are great! And you can get them in lettuce wraps! Also Delish cocktails. Sometimes hectic bc they don't take resis ...
  • Cris F.
    Cris FlemisterJune 18, 2012
    Amazing food and they're open late! Arrive before the club closes to avoid super long lines.
  • Chloe G.
    Chloe GrabanskiApril 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't go wrong with the macaroni appetizer. The trio allows you to have all three. Truffle oil or bacon with gouda are the best!!
  • Joana B.
    Joana BeJuly 13, 2013
    The biscuits are great just to start but the Mac & Cheese took the cake! No wait on a raining day and the vibe was just right.
  • Brad K.
    Brad KleinMarch 30, 2016
    Comfort food galore. Moscow mule twist is good. Come with friends and share BC everything look tasty
  • Saar R.
    Saar RahakbauwJune 1, 2010
    First of all, make a reservation. A lot of people agree with this being perfect for lunch. The salmon BLT is to die for! And celebrate whatever occasion comes to mind with a peer mimosa's. Read more
  • Haley S.
    Haley SmithAugust 29, 2015
    We got the mac & cheese sampler but the truffle mac & cheese was the clear winner. Also great was the crab avocado toast.
  • Fernando F.
    Fernando FungJuly 12, 2013
    If you never tried cooked fruits before or had a horrible experience like me in the past, I suggest you to try Cafeteria's Peach with glazed nuts. That experience opened the eyes of my taste buds!
  • Dave S.
    Dave SilverstoneJanuary 8, 2012
    Sure, us locals don't go here much anymore, and other than the mac & cheese, the food is bleh... but we love taking visitors here to feel like part of a real "scene"... a real "Sex & the City" vibe.
  • Corley S.
    Corley StoneJanuary 15, 2015
    I want to try everything on the menu, but thus far the green eggs and ham are delish as is the blackberry lemonade
  • Nikhita M.
    Nikhita MahtaniMay 31, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Mac and cheese, Cobb salad and avocado toast are my faves! Love that it has both healthy and unhealthy options
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesOctober 27, 2016
    All the salads are great. Especially after you go all in on the mac n cheese sampler 😇
  • Nadia I.
    Nadia IssaBellaSeptember 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing 24hour resto. Always funky, always fabulous. Be sure to try the Mac Attack?
  • Gansevoort Hotel Group
    Gansevoort Hotel GroupJanuary 19, 2011
    Go for the mac and cheese, the cobb salad, the fried chicken and waffles and the people watching at this unquestionably hip and greatly located restaurant.
  • Bullfrog & Baum
    Bullfrog & BaumJanuary 24, 2011
    Delicious comfort food with an innovative twist. When really in the mood to hit the comfort spot try their delicious Macaroni and cheese or their Meatloaf.
  • Brigitte P.
    Brigitte PerezDecember 9, 2014
    Always a good time. Great food and ambiance. Great place for a date. 24 hrs.
  • Chel C.
    Chel CastelJuly 9, 2016
    I love this place. Their meatloaf is delish and try to sit downstairs in the lounge. Really cool vibe
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BrincefieldMay 26, 2010
    Long time cafeteria boy-- soup & sammie = favorite meal. Jonathan is the best manager ever. Chad rocks as well. MAC an cheese is legendary. If there is a long wait... you just aren't hip enough. Sat n
  • Johanna
    JohannaJuly 31, 2015
    Order a burger with goat cheese and truffle parmesan fries (not so much truffle but delightfully liberal on the parmesan)
  • Jason K.
    Jason KeathNovember 11, 2012
    Order an Aloe Citrus cocktail. Not too sweet, light but good gin flavor, rounded out by soft tastes of lemon and aloe.
  • Maurice M.
    Maurice MitchellMay 19, 2011
    Perfect if you just left the club you're hungry but not totally ready to give up being in a packed, noisy, environ filled with people rocking their party dresses as music is placed on full tilt.
  • Hotel I.
    Hotel IndigoJanuary 23, 2013
    Open 24/7, this edgy NYC institution offers up gooey gourmet mac & cheese and savory fried chicken and waffles. Read more
  • Keith H.
    Keith HarveyAugust 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Mac and cheese is still top notch and the ambience is very sexy.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SchuitJanuary 22, 2016
    Food 24/7 and secret downstairs bar which is great for small groups. And those bathrooms are actually pretty cool.
  • Suzi D.
    Suzi DafnisMarch 16, 2012
    You might need to wait a little if it's busy, but the staff were great AND they serve breakfast til 5 and they will do burgers in lettuce rather than bread.
  • Alberto S.
    Alberto SimonOctober 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken and waffles! The waffles are flavorful and always a good choice.
  • Olman C.
    Olman CastroJune 1, 2014
    The burger is a little dry; must be the low fat content of the meat. It was tasty and served w fries and dill pickle.
  • ✨#IamRomdelacrème✨
    Grilled Mahi-Mahi dish is delicious and if in the mood for a cocktail, Wild berry Mojito is very refreshing.
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