Syracuse >Food & Dining > Yaffa Cafe
97 Saint Marks Pl Frnt, New York, NY | Directions 1000943.053923 -76.186797
Monday 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
You might think you stepped into a psychic's living room, but I assure you, no psychic whips up cheap eats like these folks! Eat, drink and be merry in one of the East Village's longest standing restaurants.
Unchanged since the early 90s, this funky, Lesbian-owned East Village bistro still carries the old neighborhood vibe strong: you'll even see the most long-lived denizens frequently sitting in the garden, eating soup and complaining about gentrification.
The gem of St. Mark's – Yaffa is the gem of St. Mark's! I have never seen anything like it. They're open 24/7, the staff is very accomodating (with the exception of a rude French waiter I had once), and the food is delicious. If you are vegetarian, vegan, or into health food, you'll love it. My favorite things are the Middle Eastern appetizer and the avocado melt. Anything with the berber sauce is also incredible. The only downside to Yaffa is that it can get crowded at times (space is tight), and the desserts aren't big enough to share. Also, if you're looking for drinks other than beer, wine, or mimosas, I'd look elsewhere. All things considered, however, this is probably my favorite restaurant in NYC.
Cool ecclectic NYC spot – Yaffa is one of a kind, its interior is worth a look-see. The menu is as ecclectic as the decor, ranging from seafood to american to midetarranean. Avacado lovers will be dazzled at the choices including avacado: like the avacado melt, an avacado split on bread topped with melted cheese and served with salad (the carrot dressing is amazing) ($6.50). The spring rolls are not that great, and the desserts are definitely way too expensive for their tiny size. There are some cake slices that are ok, but they run at about $5-6. I always feel like I'm over paying when I go there, but I still go. Its really cool inside and the patio out back is AWESOME on warm nights. The staff is nice but the place is definitely pressed for space, keep that in mind when bringing a large crowd (although seating is available). Patio is spacious. Worth a visit. Open all night so great if you are looking for late night dining!
Yaffa Rocks ! – Had a great time here recently with a group of friends. We came on a Friday evening to celebrate a friend's birthday and everything was wonderful. The food was very good, everything came in good time with no mistakes, the staff were very calm and attentive and the music was amazing.
Yaffa is just a great place to go chill, have a few glasses of wine and enjoy the great decor.
Shockingly poor food – Considering the average quality of food in NYC, it's amazing that a restaurant with such terrible food can stay in business. Granted, Yaffa is not meant to be a food critic's choice, but it even fails to deliver as a late night standby. While the atmosphere can be lively at times, you can find better food at any of the other fast food joints on St. Mark's Pl.
Great off the cuff spot, great prices – Not sure why the reviews are somewhat poor here. its not a fancy eatery, but rather, an eclectic chill spot to grab some healthy food at very healthy prices. Service was actually good when i was there on two occasions. waiter brought everything i wanted right away with little wait and no attitude at all. i would recommend this place as a cool date spot and meet up with a friend spot. mildly impressive decor, not outlandish but big zebra couch theme going on there, but hey, its the village! go and enjoy! i did.
All Hipster Hype 24 Hours All Day & Night – People rave about the Yaffa Cafe. "It's open late, the staff is great, the food is delicious . . ."
I just don't get it the 3 times I've been there my food was insufferably bland. It was like the chef was cooking a special dietary menue in a retirement home. I once had the salad, with the dressing which was scant and quite honestly the same dressing used in sushi restraunts. It was not bad but nothing to write home about for sure. I had the worst soba noodles I'd ever had in my life there. It is crowded most times and the staff while somewhat friendly was rather slow. In fact on my first visit there the waiter was apathetic at best. The kitsch was cute and engaging enough to distact me from my utterly banal meal.
Funky 24-hour spot attracts neighborhoodies and nightcrawlers at all hours. – The Scene
This East Village restaurant never gets a wink of sleep, and the decor recalls an insomniac's late-night, Technicolor dreamscape. Zebra, cheetah and colorful floral patterns cover every inch of wall, low-lit by strings of Chinese lanterns and dangling grapevine lights. It's so out there that it works--black-clad raver waiters and all--and even the most normal of groups love getting together for dinner and popular brunching on the palm-lined backyard patio spread.
The mishmash menu was built to satisfy a scene of late-night cravers--come here expecting impressive dining and you're missing the point. A hearty bowlful of pesto-drenched fettuccini pasta is thrown together with a chicken curry dish--hardly authentic, but sweet and mild. Vegetarians beware the Sunshine burger, served sans toppings to disguise its mushy cafeteria mystery. All come with a tasty Asian carrot dressing salad, including the mimosa brunch of smoked salmon eggs benedict, with a somewhat crude hollandaise.
Funny place – The Yaffa Cafe is really original. The "carrot dressing" of their salad is really delicious. The food is not amazing but it's a good value for money: it's quite cheap and portions are huge.
Staff is always welcoming and nice.
Their backyard is really charming in summer.
On A Bleary Sunday Morn – You can't go wrong with Yaffa's great brunch menu - their home fries are amazing - but the portion is too small to satisfy my craving. I've eaten here a half a dozen times, only for brunch, and they've never dissappointed.
The only recommendation that I would make would be to give us some more food for our buck!
Awffa Cafe – I have given Yaffa many chances to redeem itself. But I now always walk a block beyond it to 7A, Stingy Lulu's, the Sidewalk Cafe or even take a cab to Florent simply because Yaffa is *that* bad.
Yaffa's food is merely so-so. If the wait staff is fast, they'll be rude. If they're friendly, they'll be slow. If friendly and fast, then the order will be wrong. They'll refuse to make two separate checks for the only table in the place at 5:30am on a Tuesday solely because it's a "pain."
Good things: the interior is funky, the patrons are "hip," and there are complimentary Yaffa Condoms at the register.
However, the place is cramped and the lights are bright.
Don't come here when you actually want some decent food and good service. Come here when you want to impress out-of-town friends with your funky neighborhood.
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