The Commons Chelsea

The Commons Chelsea

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Chelsea, New York
  • Adam K.
    "Best avocado toast in town."(19 Tips)
    Sydney F.
    "great la colombe coffee"(5 Tips)
    "Grilled mozzarella focaccia sandwich is the best."(28 Tips)
    Tasting Table
    "baguette toast heaped with avocado"(2 Tips)
110 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • sandwiches
  • avocado toast
  • healthy food
  • breakfast food
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  • Stina P.
    Stina P.December 8, 2013
    The cutest! With barely room for more than 5 tables, red neon lights, tile, modern wood, music, and friendly local staff, this is the classic, efficient coffee shop/touch of local bar that is NY's ❤
  • Nicole
    NicoleApril 9, 2016
    Grilled cheese with bacon on focaccia. 😍 Cramped tiny space where you can overhear every conversation, but so worth a trip for coffee, wine, salads, and sandwiches.
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MlinarcikNovember 6, 2016
    THE neighborhood coffee and breakfast joint. Sandwiches are on point and their Iced Americano is the best in Chelsea. Doubles as a cozy bar in the evenings, so you have no excuse to leave. Ever.
  • Michael J.
    Michael JonesApril 3, 2015
    This is a great spot! Delicious food, really tasty and so fresh! Great coffee too. And omg I want to try the pastries, but the upcoming wedding won't allow it :(. Ha ha. Enjoy!
  • Seb
    SebJanuary 29, 2015
    The staff is very friendly and my salad was delicious. The place is lovely. People invading coffee places with laptops, don't come here after 12 as it's not allowed. Quite normal for a small place.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RosenthalOctober 12, 2014
    One of NYC's hidden gems. Skip the wait at cafe gitane and order the avocado toast with smoked salmon. Life changing.
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole CascinoAugust 10, 2013
    The avocado toast was delish as well as the cookies. Frank and Matt are super nice and attentive. Great place to have a bottle of wine and chat with friends.
  • Hanna P.
    Hanna ParkMarch 26, 2014
    Great place for a breakfast with options. All food and beverage items available at opening. So go light or get something more hearty, whatever floats your boat!
  • Sarah
    SarahAugust 25, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    I like their policy of asking people not to use their laptops or tablets. It's too tiny in here to have people hogging the tables. Love their sausage breakfast sandwich and BLT.
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinJuly 8
    Been here 5+ times
    Bit bummed their avocado toast is now on a massive baguette rather than a roast. Great place for a quick coffee and snack. Too small to work in. Really nice service.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LJune 6, 2014
    The espresso isn't very good. Drinkable, so I'd call it a 3 star where a 2 star is Starbucks and a 1 star is gas station coffee or Tim Hortons. Open late though so that's good. Great cookies.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 2, 2012
    Try the Israeli salad with hummus, diced tomato and red onion, baguette toast heaped with avocado, cumin, olive oil and lemon juice, and the ginger lemonade: Read more
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChuOctober 27, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Everything here is delicious. Avocado toast w/ salmon, arugula salad, chicken sandwich... the list goes one. Coffee is also great. Almond milk instead of soy!
  • Cynthia P.
    Cynthia PflaumNovember 20, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    My mornings are a little easier with a great chai or cup of coffee from this place. If you're hungry, get the avocado toast! Satisfying and awesome.
  • rob z.
    rob zandApril 27, 2014
    the Caesar salad dressing will leave your breath smelling like garlic for hours. your best friends and family too will draw away. kissing is out of the question.
  • Jessie M.
    Jessie MiñoAugust 12, 2014
    Cute spot to have a cup of coffee or a sangria, ha what a mix. Tight seating but cozy. Variety of great quick bites like the grilled mozzarella.
  • Lily O.
    Lily O'DareOctober 28, 2014
    Avocado toast (with sliced tomato) delivered to my office is the most wonderful breakfast/snack in Chelsea!
  • David B.
    David BanApril 17, 2014
    Drop by around 7-7:30 for a perfectly cozy after work wine 'n snacks scene. Don't be surprised if it clears out after one service.
  • Keren V.
    Keren Veisblatt ToledanoApril 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The cucumber Baguette toast with olive oil, lemon juice, and chili flakes has a peppery, smoked finish more sophisticated than the quaint space appears!
  • Sydney F.
    Sydney FriedmanDecember 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The commons guys are the nicest!! Delicious food and great la colombe coffee
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanNovember 19, 2015
    Great place to grab a late night coffee. Has beer on tap, but still has a chill coffee shop vibe at night.
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LagasseAugust 4, 2013
    Nifty coffee spot that flys a bit under the radar. Free wifi, small space with exposed tiles and wood tables a plus. Coffee and location are average. Worth a stop through.
  • Tim S.
    Tim SheyDecember 3, 2011
    The baked goods, by the owner's mother (Arlene's Bakery), are superb. Try the sour cream and olive oil cakes with some La Colombe coffee.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KeslingAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This little coffee shop nestled in the heart of Chelsea provides solid brew and brunch that won't break the bank.
  • John C.
    John ClineJuly 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The egg sandwich is easily the best thing on the menu. Chicken sandwich a very close second - add some tomato to set it off.
  • Sandra G.
    Sandra GriedenMarch 18
    Been here 10+ times
    Great sandwiches and coffee. Breakfast served all day to a super soundtrack.
  • Bridget B.
    Bridget BadoreSeptember 1, 2015
    Seriously the best egg sandwich in the city -- get it with avocado or try the yummy avocado toast too 💘
  • John A.
    John AntosAugust 16, 2014
    Fresh salads, yummy bakery, and the ginger lemonade and iced mint tea are cool on a summer day.
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyMarch 30, 2016
    Cafe is fairly small but has a range of foods to try. We just got coffee but definitely come for the food as well.
  • Ethan C.
    Ethan CAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Friendly and attentive staffs. Reasonably priced espresso drinks. Good for lunch and small bites also.
  • Maxwell F.
    Maxwell FoxmanJune 23, 2016
    A touch expensive for my taste ($5 for an iced tea) but I guess comparable for the area. Nice vibe and friendly staff they only allow laptop use in the morning.
  • Courtenay B.
    Courtenay BirdOctober 5, 2012
    Get the arugula salad. The citrus vinaigrette is delicious.
  • Brian M.
    Brian McFaddenJanuary 25, 2016
    Delicious food and coffee. Skip Starbucks and come here. Also, the staff is always friendly.
  • Geeta G.
    Geeta GayleApril 23, 2015
    Great strong lattes I finished mine in 3 minutes because it was so good!
  • Ted P.
    Ted PalenskiJuly 3, 2016
    Lovely little cafe in Chelsea, with a great food selection. Espresso is on point.
  • Aleksey
    AlekseyAugust 29, 2015
    Avocado toast, baked eggs with salmon and coffee - pretty good, healthy and hearty breakfast
  • Karla
    KarlaJanuary 1, 2015
    I was very happy with my artichoke toast. Next time I will have to try to avocado toast.
  • Eric C.
    Eric ChandlerJanuary 13, 2012
    I'm a Grey Dog fan, but The Commons may have just nabbed the spot as my neighborhood favorite. Smaller, more intimate, quiet.
  • Mike N.
    Mike NickersonMay 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Mushroom toast is lovely. Highly recommend.
  • Christian A.
    Christian AzerFebruary 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the bacon, egg and cheese. It's made with cayenne pepper and it adds a delicious and unexpected kick.
  • L S.
    L SMarch 4, 2012
    Great lentil sandwich with pickled onions and carrots (maybe only available on Sundays)
  • Guri V.
    Guri VenstadSeptember 28, 2012
    This small Chelsea oasis has lunch I thought you could only find in Brooklyn AND great people!
  • Elie B.
    Elie BleierSeptember 29, 2014
    Good coffee, laptops allowed on weekdays before 11am. The staff were surprisingly cold.
  • Christine S.
    Little gem! Great food, sandwiches and bites. Tasty coffee and tea too!
  • Kate M.
    Kate MechemMay 16, 2012
    The grilled cheese is the best I've ever had! With avocado and tomato of course
  • Brendan L.
    Brendan LewisJuly 3, 2015
    Avocado Toast Alert! (could stand to be a tinch more spicy if you ask me)
  • Adam K.
    Adam KatzenbackSeptember 20, 2014
    Best avocado toast in town. Bold statement, I know but trust me.
  • Coble G.
    Coble GirlsAugust 26, 2016
    Meatless breakfast sandwiches, just ask bc it's not on the menu!
  • Nicole F.
    Nicole FranzenApril 19, 2012
    Great coffee shop in Chelsea, friendly staff, small space but lovely
  • Marzy H.
    Marzy HartDecember 7, 2015
    Atmosphere on point, great staff.
  • Johnny V.
    Johnny VulkanMarch 24, 2012
    Amazing turkey sandwich, great coffee and indulgent treats to finish it off.
  • Kristin M.
    Kristin MasonNovember 30, 2011
    Try the turkey sandwich. Such a delicious version of Thanksgiving classics all between two slices of bread.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinJuly 21, 2015
    Only tried their coffee, it's pretty good...cute patio though and they serve beer
  • Stacy F.
    Stacy FullerJuly 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Free refills of La Colombe coffee! Amazing but just points out that I drink way too much caffeine.
  • Michele P.
    Michele PiccaroAugust 13, 2015
    Tiny cafe with La Colombe coffee and delicious food.
  • Erica R.
    Erica RhoneSeptember 9, 2014
    Satisfaction! #AvacadoToast Cumin olive oil, lemon juice & chili flakes. #GoodFats #Raw #Vegan
  • Jeanne C.
    Jeanne ChoNovember 30, 2015
    Great lentil sandy and perfect "cortado mocha"
  • R
    RApril 18, 2014
    Cozy place, great foods and Barbara, our waitress was super nice :)
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesApril 19, 2015
    Great place to grab a cup of coffee and a glass of wine in Chelsea
  • Bora L.
    Bora LimMay 18, 2014
    Best egg sandwich. The coffee is definitely not Colombe coffee - tastes like watered down gas station coffee.
  • Paolo B.
    Paolo BJune 16, 2012
    Love the laid back living room vibe. The tortilla rocks!
  • Liz A.
    Liz A.September 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I would literally sell my soul for the pork sandwich with habanero mayo. Foodgasm every bite.
  • Theresa S.
    Theresa SummaDecember 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    La Colombe coffee, friendly people. What more can you ask for?
  • Laurie B.
    Laurie BludmanMarch 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best chicken sandwich in NYC right here.
  • Andy G.
    Andy GrayOctober 13, 2015
    The Avocado on toast is the bomb!
  • Andres S.
    Andres SotoFebruary 16, 2015
    For breakfast, the egg sandwich is excellent
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GohJune 9, 2014
    Found a hair in my toasted turkey sandwich. Told owner and he gave me a free cookie. Doesn't make up the fact he took it away, removed the hair and microwaved and gave the same sandwich back to me.
  • Marie S.
    Marie S.February 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Egg sandwich and an iced coffee. Couldn't be happier!
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfJanuary 15
    Cute cafe hidden away just where you need it
  • Melissa
    MelissaJanuary 27, 2013
    Grilled mozzarella focaccia sandwich is the best. It's a must order.
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PaulMay 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Apparently they don't allow anyone to use tablets, which seems like a pretty unfriendly policy when the cafe is more or less empty. Perhaps they should ban books as well...
  • Aristippos
    AristipposJune 1, 2013
    Listening to their radio here - Just found out about the BBC recordings of Led Zepplin. MUST HAVE!
  • Adarsha R.
    Adarsha RautSeptember 24, 2014
    Usually this place is filled with tourist... If you can deal@with it ... Go for it
  • Mel Q.
    Mel QFebruary 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Love the avocado toast with salmon
  • Caroline W.
    The avocado toast is seriously good
  • Anthony Q.
    Anthony QuigleyJuly 21, 2014
    Even with a completely empty store, I was asked to leave for using my laptop after 11am. Sorry you just lost a customer, but I understand sticking to your values. Just a warning to all others.
  • Jennifer G.
    Jennifer GJanuary 16, 2015
    Don't come here if you have a laptop. They don't allow them and they don't mention it until you've already ordered and paid. Save the wasted $10+ and go to Le Pain next door.
  • Udi R.
    Udi RubinMarch 29, 2015
    Brisket sandwich - phenomenal.
  • Bonnie E.
    Sandwich was good. Small place, no laptops.
  • Emily R.
    Emily RoseDecember 29, 2011
    It has very yummy vegan hot chocolate! :)
  • Chetta
    ChettaJuly 21, 2014
    Lemon cake is dry. Coffee is good though. Don't bother with the pastries
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseOctober 24, 2014
    Breakfast sandwich. Avocado toast.
  • Jackie D.
    Jackie DMarch 2, 2013
    Great iced almond milk lattes.
  • Sabre R.
    Sabre RafelsonJune 4, 2013
    Super friendly baristas!
  • Patrick L.
    Patrick LaForgeFebruary 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Avocado toast with salmon!
  • Lauren Z.
    Lauren ZApril 11, 2013
    Get the avocado toast!
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RApril 25, 2015
    Espresso drinks
  • John A.
    John AntosAugust 16, 2014
    Spinach salad
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinApril 4
    Been here 5+ times
    Love their lattes
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen HunterNovember 27, 2011
    Try the frittata - Yum!
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinMarch 19
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious cappuccino
  • Neil B.
    Neil BaptistaSeptember 10, 2015
    No laptops except before noon on Weekdays.
  • Johanan O.
    Interesting avocado toast!
  • Chetta
    ChettaJuly 27, 2014
    $10 for two little pieces of French toast. I saw the plate and wished I went to le grainne for the same price but better food and more portions. That's 5 dollars for a tiny piece of bread.
  • Jane K.
    Jane KimFebruary 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food. Awesome people.
  • Nic B.
    Nic BarnesJune 9, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Never any soy but they do have almond milk
  • Kristin B.
    Kristin BrennanDecember 18, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Best cupcakes on planet earth.
  • Emily S.
    Emily SokolowJuly 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Avo toast = heaven.
  • Nic B.
    Nic BarnesNovember 8, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Best breakfast sandwich ever
  • Mark R.
    Mark RuizNovember 20, 2013
    $5 for a small hot cocoa.
  • Kris S.
    Kris SchroderAugust 9, 2012
    Great iced coffee.
  • Xian
    XianAugust 1, 2015
    Avocado toast
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MuseSeptember 26, 2014
    The lattes are OK here
  • Danny H.
    Danny HertzFebruary 2, 2014
    Took 45 minutes to have my order mixed up twice. Ended up canceling and got a full refund.
  • Courtney M.
    Courtney MJuly 31, 2013
    I found a dead mosquito in my iced coffee today
  • Doni G.
    Doni GoodmanOctober 2, 2015
    Weirdly no wifi for laptops after 12pm...
  • PJ D.
    PJ DillonSeptember 13, 2014
    No laptops on the weekend. Fuck this place.
  • Egor Z.
    Egor ZedMay 4, 2016
    Тихое заведение на 4 столика, латте с собой с насыщеным вкусом классно идёт без сахара!
  • andrés v.
    andrés villegasAugust 15, 2014
    Buena cerveza para concluir día de mucho caminar. Se habla un poco de español. Buen sandwich
  • Yiannis
    YiannisSeptember 11, 2012
    ¡Tienen aquí una tortilla española tan deliciosa te hará querer bofetar al juez!
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