The Cloister Cafe

(212) 777-9128 | View Website

238 E 9th Street, New York, NY | Directions   10003

40.729338 -73.987845

Open Hours

Mon-Sun 10am-3am

 
Breakfast, Brunch, Date Spot  more

More Tags: Late Night Dining, Lunch Spot, Outdoor Dining, People Watching

Cuisine: Italian

Categories: Restaurants

Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown

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From The Owners of The Cloister Cafe

Enjoy classic Italian dishes in a lush, vibrant outdoor garden in the heart of the city.

Menu
Three Eggs any style, Steak & Three Eggs any style, Grilled Kippers & Three Eggs any style, Farmers' Omelet, Latino Omelet, Western Omelet, Nova & Cream Cheese Omelet, Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, Huevos Rancheros... more

Reviews for The Cloister Cafe

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9 months ago

Oh, Cloister. I discovered this place a few years ago with some friends and found the slightly ratchet decorations, the shady and sometimes offensive bouncer, and the two-toilets-in-one-bathroom set-up all really endearing. (I have my theories about those toilets btw.) Hookah is 20$/4ppl and you have to get a drink each. If you're like my friends and stay for 86 hours every time and want your coal changed, you'll probably end up ordering more drinks to avoid the side-eying from the servers. Chocolate mint is the BEST hookah flavor. The hookah here is pretty good; food is also good and drinks depend on who's making them that night. I come mainly for the hookah and the atmosphere (generally popping on thurs, fri and sat. Sometimes there's a line outside...which is a little ridic considering this aint no club but its a popular place. Mainly college kids.) go! smoke! pee with a partner! do other things! (Or don't. please don't.)

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9 months ago

Charming place. It was so hot though. Food average zuccini fries were interesting. The hostess and bartender were so sweet. The waiter not so much. The hookah was good. My crew of friends had mint, peach, watermelon and some crazy thing they recommended. The mint was my fave fyi.

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11 months ago

I love this place! Especially on summer nights in the garden.. it's super cute and relaxing, and one of the better places around to smoke hookah and just talk. Though the waiters aren't constantly checking up on you, they are very responsive when you need them and always make sure to change the coal at least once.

Food: I've only tried the zucchini fries - those were okay. Green tea ice cream is listed on the menu, but they never have it. All they have are vanilla and chocolate.

Drinks: Alcoholic drinks are really strong, it's like taking a shot per sip! They have girly names for their drinks, but they definitely don't taste girly. Their cappuccinos are really bland. And their teas are just.. well, teas. Also, a little ridiculous they charge for water.

Hookah: I'm always mixing mint with something fruity. I love the apple & mint, and peach & mint.

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over a year ago

probably the most amazing environment you will find in nyc, the most beautiful garden setting perfect for a date or just friends coming to hang out and on top of that they have hookah making it that much better... if you go make sure you try to get Marc for your server, he is absolutely the best server there and he will take care of your every need also make sure you say hello and meet the manager Jerry he is the man and will take care of your future visits.. we've started making this an every night place to start the night if we're getting crazy or to end the night if it's a relaxing night

also... at first we didn't know but the food is unbelievable and completely reasonably priced everything we've had is just insane and leaves you craving for another bite for weeks!

if you're going to go anywhere for hookah you must go here, other places are smokey and gross but with this beautiful outdoor garden you just can't beat it

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over a year ago

I have been coming here for an eternity, at first mainly for the mojitos, but once they changed their chef, I started coming back for lunch and mojitos.

I don't know what magician pours the drinks, but you always leave with a "buzz". The Cloister cafe is the best during the warmer months, so you can enjoy many cocktails, under the grapevines and lush foliage, with hookah and friends.

The last time I went, was with a friend, on a rainy day, to celebrate her graduation from Parson's.

We were seated "inside-outside" area, which is a tented area, but still not deprived of many trees and plants. We ordered mojitos, a brie quesadellia appetizer, and two salads: the duck and the salmon,

I'm not a big salad person, but I like the way they make theirs. Big portions of duck and salmon, well seasoned, fresh and filling. I love their fried potatoes too, with sea salt, time and pepper.

To end our meal we ordered a hookah and dessert, and oddly enough it ended up being on a bit over 40$ a person(with out tip), which I think is beyond reasonable for the location, quality of food, and magical cocktails.

I would recommend this place 100% for a first date, since they never rush you or take forever to bring your food.

I would also recommend this place for sitting alone on a sunny afternoon, with friends at night, or whenever. It's a winner.

It got a perfect rating from me, because it deserves it. You get the exact bang for your buck!

Recommends
over a year ago

Friendly staff, great atmosphere and good hookah every time.

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over a year ago

*This review is for my first hookah experience in NYC only, not for the restaurant portion of this place.Oh hookah, how I missed you so!

I haven't been to a hookah lounge in so long, but am glad to have found Cloister Cafe! Actually, my friend & I were looking for this sake place when we stumbled upon this place. Decided to check it out since it was actually affordable ($20 per pipe plus one drink minimum per person).

The Ukrainian bouncer wasn't all that intimidating, I've seen worse, but I did notice he didn't allow guys in easily (he told a random guy to call out his friend to meet him at the entrance instead). My friend and I, on the other hand, walked in just fine.

The ambiance of this place is awesome; the outdoor garden is covered by trees and grapevines above you, and the music is loud enough to enjoy but still able to hear the other person across the table. Luckily the weather was perfect, it would've sucked if it rained.

We got the rose & mint hookah (delicious!) and each got an iced tea (lemon was included, without us asking.. even better!) We must've spent about three hours here, and the server never pressured us to leave. I'm definitely coming back here!

Recommends
over a year ago

I found the Cloister Cafe as I was walking around the city with some friends during the summer and I decided to go back last weekend. I love the ambiance here, its a little garden in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of the city. The hookah is good and I have to admit I liked their drinks.. Their zuchinni chips are are very tasty and their tiramisu is to die for. I will most deff. be coming back.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

"I have been coming here for an eternity, at first mainly for the mojitos, but once they changed their chef, I started coming back for lunch and mojitos.

I don't know what magician pours the drinks, but you always leave with a ""buzz"". The Cloister cafe is the best during the warmer months, so you can enjoy many cocktails, under the grapevines and lush foliage, with hookah and friends.

The last time I went, was with a friend, on a rainy day, to celebrate her graduation from Parson's.

We were seated ""inside-outside"" area, which is a tented area, but still not deprived of many trees and plants. We ordered mojitos, a brie quesadellia appetizer, and two salads: the duck and the salmon,

I'm not a big salad person, but I like the way they make theirs. Big portions of duck and salmon, well seasoned, fresh and filling. I love their fried potatoes too, with sea salt, time and pepper.

To end our meal we ordered a hookah and dessert, and oddly enough it ended up being on a bit over 40$ a person(with out tip), which I think is beyond reasonable for the location, quality of food, and magical cocktails.

I would recommend this place 100% for a first date, since they never rush you or take forever to bring your food.

I would also recommend this place for sitting alone on a sunny afternoon, with friends at night, or whenever. It's a winner.

It got a perfect rating from me, because it deserves it. You get the exact bang for your buck!"

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best place for conversation. I ALWAYS enjoy the conversations I have there...there's really something about Cloister. It always leaves me happy! Haha.

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