Sugar Cafe

Sugar Cafe

Diner, Bakery, and Dessert Shop$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
  • Lady S.
    "Great selection of desserts."(2 Tips)
    Alexandra I.
    "Some of the best gelato I've had in a very long time!"(5 Tips)
    NearSay NYC
    "red velvet cake are out of this world!"(8 Tips)
    Lisa C.
    "Delicious, and cheap for NYC."(5 Tips)
105 Tips and reviews
  • desserts
  • breakfast food
  • gelato
  • good for a late night
  • cupcakes
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  • Annie L.
    Annie LuOctober 10, 2012
    Made the classic rookie mistake of ordering based on looks and was enticed by the tiramisu. Should've stuck to the red velvet - tiramisu was dry and weirdly lumpy. $5 for a huge square - save your $$
  • Uranium T.
    Uranium TVJuly 23, 2014
    Very unaccommodating, wouldn't sub out home fries & toast for a small salad, that's $2extra. Worst service and so-so food but I keep making an appearance.. not sure what that says about my character..
  • Lady S.
    Lady SmileJanuary 15
    I really love this place. I can hang out as long as I want before work. Great selection of desserts. One of my guilty pleasures! Need an updated bathroom though.
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HSeptember 13, 2011
    Surprisingly calm considering it's location. Don't let the counter fool you—seat yourself for table service, and pick a table in the back, shielded from the hubbub of the street.
  • Seema
    SeemaApril 22, 2014
    Nice view w open windows. Huge sandwiches, great ice tea and they play awesome music. Also Michael is the best. Such a great cheerful attitude :)
  • Jo C.
    Jo ChowDecember 18, 2011
    I worked here. AVOID baked goods! They put the day-old out and leave flies having babies in their pies). The BBQ chicken is best in the city though.
  • Josh K.
    Josh KahnApril 21, 2010
    24/7 baked goods? I'll be having that. Many sugar-free late nights have been avoided by the acquisition of one of their very handy Red Velvet cupcakes.
  • Tony M.
    Tony MachinJuly 5, 2013
    The cupcakes I had were kinda lame. The snicker and oreo cookie one were just vanilla cupcakes with flavored icing. Shoulda just got the red velvet.
  • NearSay NYC
    NearSay NYCJuly 25, 2011
    A great little café that will satisfy your sweet tooth. The mint chocolate chip ice cream and the red velvet cake are out of this world!
  • Jhaneel L.
    Jhaneel LockhartAugust 14, 2011
    Pancakes and French Toast are really good and the portions are HUGE! They come with a serving of assured fruit and powdered sugar on top.
  • Winnie
    WinnieAugust 10, 2015
    Cheap and yummy breakfast food. Great service. Open 24/7 and has breakfast food all day!
  • Eric M.
    Eric MNovember 12, 2010
    amazing food if you want to wait a while. 25 minutes for a really thin turkey burger doesn't cut it. other than that, the food is great!
  • Shanita M.
    Shanita MitchellJuly 28, 2013
    The bacon deluxe burger were good and the French fries were great! Nice ANC crunchy. Good eats for a low price.
  • Vito T.
    Vito TartagliaOctober 13, 2015
    The coffee is good. Cakes not bad but alai not too good. I.e. Red velvet was too much dry and roux icing too heavy.
  • Patrick
    PatrickNovember 2, 2011
    Waste of space for coffee at least. My $7 latte was NASTY and the "free" wifi only works sometimes the lady told me. Go elsewhere for a cup.
    MIZANUR RAHMANFebruary 1, 2013
    Closed for health code violations.....even if you fix the issue I'm not coming back and neither should you. They shouldn't have violated health codes from the start
  • Samuel H.
    Samuel HowardAugust 3, 2014
    Scrambled eggs done just right. A step above your average diner/coffee shop in execution and service.
  • Mariuxi T.
    Mariuxi TapiaSeptember 28, 2011
    everything looks delicious-tried the red velvet cup cake which was the perfect balance of sweetness.
  • Alexander H.
    Don't eat here. I think I got malaria. My chocolate eclair looked like it had just run a marathon. Already canceling my plans for tomorrow. Just threw up in my mouth. Service was great.
  • Elizabeth T.
    Elizabeth TuckerMay 11, 2012
    It's a shame that tourists head straight to places like Magnolia's or Crumbs - Sugar has the best Red Velvets in New York City, full-stop.
  • Amanda H.
    Amanda HarrisJuly 6, 2015
    Great selection of desserts but wasn't impressed with waffles or chocolate layer cake.
  • Jorge G.
    Jorge GeorgeDecember 3, 2011
    Try the specials. Well served for the price and everything I've tried so far is delicious.
  • Katherin S.
    Katherin SonJune 11, 2012
    Two thumbs up for the bagels here...I once asked where they were from but can't remember. :( Open 24/7.
  • prima f.
    prima filiMay 13, 2015
    Entered out of curiosity but it was a terrible error. I haven't had a drier and tasteless pancake in my life.
  • Kevin Jan M.
    Kevin Jan MOctober 23, 2014
    They serve a delicious Chai-Tea-Latte 😋 The other treats are a geat pleasure too and the staff is really really friendly & funny!
  • Bastian B.
    Bastian BeyerJune 11, 2012
    Like that place! Solid breakfast, great squeezed orange juice & pancakes 24 hours!
  • Bob F.
    Bob FineDecember 6, 2011
    The all day breakfast here absolutely rocks. Can't go wrong with the Greek omelet.
  • Lisa C.
    Lisa CarterApril 17, 2012
    Go for brunch! Delicious, and cheap for NYC. Desserts are excellent, too.
  • Alexandra I.
    Alexandra I.August 26, 2014
    Some of the best gelato I've had in a very long time! Plus the service is excellent!
  • John L.
    John LarsenNovember 9, 2009
    Breakfast all day. BREAKFAST ALL DAY. They also bake and make above average fries.
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsFebruary 24, 2012
    Partying ‘til dawn is easy to do in the LES. Wind down with a late night/early morning snack at the 24-hour Sugar Café.
  • King Tommy
    King TommyMay 29, 2013
    It's May 29th and they had pumpkin pie! It was pretty decent but I love how they had it this time of year.
  • Karina E.
    Karina EncisoNovember 7, 2014
    The chi tea was very good and the pecan pie just amazing!
  • Paula D.
    Paula DahlinJanuary 12, 2014
    I love this place! The staff is charming and the food is great!
  • Steve L.
    Steve LindseyMarch 5, 2012
    Good dessert? Yes. Good coffee? Not so're better off going across Houston if you want something worthwhile.
  • NOM NOM Boris
    NOM NOM BorisFebruary 16, 2012
    Smoked Turkey one of the most nomnom brie sandwiches. The super cheesy! More tips & pics @
  • Felicia V.
    Felicia ValentineSeptember 16, 2012
    There fries were amazing but the service could've been a little better
  • Tj O.
    Tj OlsenNovember 20, 2011
    In summer one wall is opened up for near sidewalk seating
  • Louis M.
    Louis MattaJune 24, 2015
    Average service, above average food...great spot for an inexpensive lunch.
  • Andrea D.
    Andrea DibbenNovember 24, 2013
    Baristas are super nice here! Good cheery atmosphere!
  • Mandy M.
    Mandy McKennaSeptember 27, 2010
    I love the western omelette and fresh squeezed OJ! So good!
  • Elysia M.
    Elysia MannJune 9, 2015
    Surprisingly good (and healthy option) sandwiches
  • Jordan R.
    Jordan RobinsonSeptember 23, 2011
    The triple cheese panini was AMAZING Highly recommended.
  • Elizabeth Elle D.
    Elizabeth Elle DuvalAugust 20, 2012
    The most amazing mint chocolate chip gelato with frozen chocolate pieces. Nom.
  • Michael F.
    Michael ForresterDecember 18, 2015
    Good food all around. The hot chocolate is totally tits.
  • Aggie Y.
    Aggie YuApril 17, 2012
    Pastry and friendly staff 24/7 - stoners haven.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BradyJune 12, 2013
    Smoked salmon bagel / platter. Not cheap but so good!
  • Charlotte C.
    Charlotte CurtisMarch 8, 2013
    Super sweet dudes running the front end. Baklava was tasty.
  • Dustin D.
    Dustin D'AndreaFebruary 22, 2012
    The best home fries in NYC. And very cheap too!
  • Meghan Kathleen
    Meghan KathleenSeptember 20, 2011
    coconut gelato won't ever steer you wrong!
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