Ciao For Now

Ciao For Now

Café, New American Restaurant, and Bakery · Alphabet City
523 E 12th St (btwn Avenue B & Avenue A), New York, NY 10009, United States
Open until 4:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon
    • 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Tue–Fri
    • 8:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:
Wheelchair Accessible:

A cure for your sweet tooth, a quick cup of organic stir-brewed coffee to-go, a memorable night of incredible eats? Visit Ciao For Now - we've got it covered.


Based on 184 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Tanya M.
    "My favorite items on the menu are the French toast and huevos verdes"(7 Tips)
    Kimberly N.
    "Egg wrap with bacon and avacado was amazing!"(3 Tips)
    Kira F.
    "polenta muffin with lavender glaze aka best muffin"(3 Tips)
    Ross P.
    "The maple sticky buns are awesome!"(4 Tips)
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  • breakfast food
  • huevos verdes
  • brunch food
  • egg wrap
  • healthy food
  • pastries
  • pancakes
  • coffee
  • polenta muffin
  • green tea
  • French toast
  • sticky buns
  • cozy
  • strawberry lemonade
  • cute
  • casual
  • vegetarian food
  • quiches
  • biscuits
  • frittatas
  • Renae M.

    Feel like you've stepped into a country town, relaxed vibe and cutesy decor.

    Renae Mason · 2 weeks ago
  • jessica b.

    Lovely brunch - particularly enjoyed the huevos verdes and the company. Good for small groups or couples

    jessica bogart · December 21, 2015
  • Mark D.

    Sticky bun was good.

    Mark DelGallo · December 19, 2015
  • ZZubin

    A bit of a hidden gem...barely feels like you're in today's East Village...more like a small cool town in Tennessee. Huevos Verdes = perfect hangover food

    ZZubin · November 2, 2015
  • Florence N.

    Coffee and salads. Some vegan baked goods

    Florence Nguyen · October 8, 2015
  • Andrew F.

    Solid iced coffee. Not a good coffee shop to work out of though.

    Andrew Furman · August 27, 2015
  • Naveen

    Half of what I ordered never came. And the quality is just average or slightly below. I'm surprised this is ranked 2nd best breakfast in this neighborhood -- I'd hate to see what's ranked 3rd!

    Naveen · August 22, 2015
  • Luis B.

    Great place for breakfast. The French toast is awesome; although it took a while for our order to come. The service could be better.

    Luis Bastardo · July 22, 2015
  • Nuno J.

    Yum? chicken quesadilla with side of guacamole

    Nuno Job · July 6, 2015
  • Nuno J.

    Lemonade and Cafe au Lait

    Nuno Job · July 6, 2015
  • Zach K.

    Awesome avocado toast and a cute place to sit for a small bite.

    Zach Kelfer · July 1, 2015
  • Tim M.

    Had high hopes for this place - until we waited over *50 minutes* for a *fruit bowl*. The manager then proceeded to sit down at the table next to us and laugh with her friend about our situation.

    Tim McClure · June 28, 2015
  • Valentin G.

    Try the strawberry pancakes!

    Valentin Guerin · May 31, 2015
  • Saleem

    Nice brunch spot, more on the breakfast and sweet side than savory

    Saleem · April 25, 2015
  • Cody-Ann .

    Breakfast all day.

    Cody-Ann 👑💫 · April 10, 2015
  • Julie D.


    Julie Dbjay · April 7, 2015
  • DoubleDeuce

    Ask for the Disney Princesses coffee mug. I may be using it but if not, you're welcome to enjoy it as well.

    DoubleDeuce · April 4, 2015
  • Emma C.

    Go for a savory dish and order a bread (read: pastry) basket for the table. Win win.

    Emma Cramer · March 31, 2015
  • Julius T.

    Ginger sake tea

    Julius Tarng · March 1, 2015
  • Leonor T.

    The huevos rancheros are pretty goood.

    Leonor Torres · February 2, 2015
  • Honghui Y.

    The brunch food here is so good and there's never a wait! The strawberry honey butter haunts my daydreams.

    Honghui Yu · January 24, 2015
  • Ashley R.

    Get the blueberries on your pancakes! The huevos verdes is hearty and filling. Good brunch spot when Northern Spy is too crowded.

    Ashley Rose · January 24, 2015
  • Ben M.

    Cozy place for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Skip the terrible espresso drinks and get the Egg Wrap with Pork Sausage.

    Ben Mackey · December 29, 2014
  • Ms H.

    Grilled soy sauce tofu salad with edamame, carrots & tamari almonds. Sesame vinegarette $11-invigorating & filling. Cozy spot.

    Ms Helene · December 8, 2014
  • pipitu

    Go for Tuna Melt. It's a pleasant surprise! However the classic omelette doesn't live up to expectations.

    pipitu · November 29, 2014
  • Patrick B.

    Hidden brunch gem, get the sticky buns to start & the pancakes, so fluffy and tasty

    Patrick Baskin · November 11, 2014
  • Sanja D.

    Whatever you order - you won't regret it!But my personal favorite is the organic egg wrap (with bacon, and maybe add extra tomato). The kale salad exceed expectations. :)

    Sanja Delcev · October 23, 2014
  • Anya P.

    Great Cobb salad

    Anya Pochter · October 5, 2014
  • Patrick B.

    Great for quick breakfast or sit down meal

    Patrick Baskin · August 27, 2014
  • Martha

    Solid breakfast menu that I know by heart at this point. Nothing too experimental. Always our backup brunch spot.

    Martha · August 17, 2014
  • Vivienne G.

    Their omelets are fantastic. Fluffy eggs, great additions (this has chicken sausage, goat cheese, spinach). The spelt biscuits are a mouthgasm.

    Vivienne Gucwa · August 17, 2014
  • Briana L.

    Be prepared to wait if you're walking in to take something out. I come here often (trying to remember why) and have never gotten my order in under 20 mins. Just waited 25 for a Cobb salad to go. Wtf.

    Briana Lopez-Tascarella · August 12, 2014
  • Valentin G.

    You must try the Avocado Sandwich!

    Valentin Guerin · July 18, 2014
  • Vivienne G.

    The homemade spelt biscuit is heaven.

    Vivienne Gucwa · June 8, 2014
  • Kira F.

    polenta muffin with lavender glaze aka best muffin ever available on Mondays!

    Kira Fisher · May 23, 2014
  • Amy Z.

    Sloths can move faster than the waiters at this restaurant.

    Amy Z · May 13, 2014
  • Amelie L.

    For brunch and lunch. Simple healthy food.

    Amelie Lelarge · April 4, 2014
  • Greta H.

    As someone who tends to favor savory over sweet - the French toast here is out of this world.

    Greta Hayes · March 2, 2014
  • Amanda K. R.

    This place is my favorite. Everything was amazing.

    Amanda K. Rue · November 3, 2013
  • Jeanine

    Ginger Lemon Honey Green iced tea, so awesome!

    Jeanine · October 12, 2013
  • Krystle D. M.

    Cute little brunch spot. Friendly staff. Huevos verdes and almond brioche french toast. Sooo good.

    Krystle D. Mendoza · August 17, 2013
  • Tanya M.

    This is my go to brunch place. Great service and food. My favorite items on the menu are the French toast and huevos verdes

    Tanya Menendez · July 7, 2013
  • Jack B.

    Amazing, under the radar EV brunch spot. Get the Huevos Verdes. Iced Green Tea with Honey and Ginger is great after a night out. Sticky bun is also great

    Jack Becsey · June 29, 2013
  • Evan E.

    the frittata slice is awesome, get it

    Evan Ellman · May 18, 2013
  • Ruta Z.

    Get the strawberry lemonade and grandma Linda's pancakes. Delicious :)

    Ruta Ziukaite · May 11, 2013
  • Evan E.

    Try the Manhattan Omelet - above average omelet

    Evan Ellman · April 28, 2013
  • Nadia O.

    EVERYTHING is good here!

    Nadia Oesterreich · April 21, 2013
  • B C.


    B Chu · April 17, 2013
  • Danielle S.

    The almond brioche French toast will make you think you've died and gone to heaven

    Danielle Stuckey · April 13, 2013
  • Bernhard Y.

    The Ciao Quesadilla with chicken are absolutely fabulous!

    Bernhard Yanes Schmelzer · February 24, 2013

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