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!
  • 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.
  • EArchitect
    EArchitectApril 11
    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.
  • Nicole L.
    Nicole LeeApril 17
    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.
  • 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
  • Bee W.
    Bee WilliamsJanuary 9
    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
  • 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
    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!
  • 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.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesFebruary 26
    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
  • 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!
  • 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!)
  • 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.
  • Alex N.
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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 :-)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Gianna S.
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!!)
  • 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 :)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Lindsay
    LindsayJune 1, 2013
    Try the waffle banana Sunday. It has a bunch of mystery surprises-all of which are delicious. Prepare for diabetes.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
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