29 Cornelia St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.731348 -74.002392
Neighborhoods: West Village, Downtown
Get there soon: all the landmarks of the old Village are on their way out, and this cozy, idiosyncratic, and notably dog-friendly restaurant can't last long. Which makes me sad.
not recommended!!! – i just have 2 things to say about this place :
1. Rude waitress
besides, they dont have many choices for breakfast/brunch. so if you're looking for a nice, easy and affordable breakfast/brunch, this place is def. out of the list....
Rude Waitress – Went there for Sunday brunch. Our waitress was rather rude and unpleasant. Order the Eggs Benedict, it was okay. Nothing beats Tartine's Eggs Benedict.
The food was so-so, quite expensive with small portions.. Won't be coming back again. The village has better restaurants than this one...
a real winner! – must try!! the chicken is unreal and so is the hummus! the atmosphere is perfect and the cabaret is the best in the city! the selection of wines couldn't be better and the restaurants in a perfect fit in the heart of the west village
Came highly recommended, but I was totally turned off – This place came highly recommended so my 2 friends and I made a reservation for 3 people. I arrived and since they wouldn't seat us until our full party was there, we sat when I arrived. Party of 3 reservation, 3 sitting.... We ordered a bottle of wine for the table and after a friend called and said she wanted to join us, we held off on ordering dinner til she got there... Well the rude host came over and didn't even ask us anything, rudely said "you guys have to move to the bar, we have parties waiting for a table", after we had already bought a $50 bottle of wine and were just taking our time!!!! And there was a full table behind us and in front of us open!!!!! We were basically forced to order dinner right then and there otherwise we'd have to be kicked out of our table that NO ONE was waiting for. the whole rest of the time we were there, the table sat empty. Being in the service industry myself, this was very rude, especially after we had already ordered.
Word of advice - tell your friends to get there on time, even if they were not part of your reservation, otherwise you will be scolded and rudely treated. The food was good, but this guy ruined my experience, and I will definitely not recommend this place again.
Love it – Went there for lunch. It was about 80 degrees out, they had the windows/walls at the front open. My table was almost outside. It was great ambiance, like a nice European cafe.
The lunch menu wasn't very long, but everything they had on there looked good. And it was good! I've had better of course at much more expensive restaurants, but this was still pretty good, and definitely worth going back.
And if you're a poet, apparently this is the place to be.
snubbed at cornelia street cafe – A quick exit at Cornelia. It was 5pm on a summer Tuesday. Looked over the menu, and they had a pre-dinner menu posted with light appetizer style food. We told the waiter/host that we would like to sit outside and eat light. He basically said no, these 'empty' tables were for people ordering full course dinners. Since I am not a tourist, and I know Greenwich Village has a lot of other places, me and my date simply walked to another restaurant, relaxed with a few glasses of wine and some light food. NYC is filled with restaurants, if Cornelia Street Cafe doesn't want me, I won't go back.
This cozy coffeehouse has been a multi-culti literary fixture of the West Village for more than 20 years. – In Short
The downstairs performance space hosts a packed calendar of poets, novelists, storytellers and musicians. On Saturday evenings, a multi-cultural reading series features work by writers from the Arab-American, Italian-American, Russian-American and Greek-American communities. Unlike its ritzier neighbors--Po, Home, etc.--Cornelia Street Cafe remains true to its humble beginnings, offering such contemporary cafe fare as grilled portobello sandwiches and fish and chips.
and they have great jazz too! – The Cornelia is a charming little place in the Village. Nice atmosphere, excellent food, and then you can go downstairs in the evening for some high-quality jazz, or a poetry reading. The menu is not extensive, but some of the entres are unusual and worth the try. Overall an excellent experience, which can be repeated depending on who plays downstairs.
VERY disappointed – What a disappointment! This place used to be great! What happened? The waitresses were rude and treated every request (even for a coffee or water) as an annoyance. We arrived THREE minutes before they opened and were told, "We're not open yet. We still have three minutes. Wait outside."
Enough said. For the price, there are MUCH better restaurants in the neighborhood that still have charm and wonderfully attentive waitstaff. Go across the street on Cornelia for a better meal and experience.
Rude Service - good bread pudding – Went in for dinner on a recent Thursday night, very disappointed. A friend had said to check this place out because it was supposed to be a ?local?s? stand by and the most reasonably priced restaurant in the village. I certainly don?t understand why. We alternated between feeling jostled and ignored. The restaurant was empty, but we were rudely told we couldn?t sit where we wanted because of ?reservations? (which, by the way, never materialized before our meal was over). Instead we were seated near the bar and the waiter?s station. Because of our proximity to the host and the woman who seemed to be the manager, we were forced to listen to their conversation the whole time. They continuously and loudly bad mouthed their own staff, which I found abhorrent and unprofessional. If the food was spectacular and inexpensive, maybe I could have dealt with sitting so close to their gossip fest, but it wasn?t. Though the flavor was decent, it was poorly presented and over priced. One good thing was the bread pudding dessert, very rich!
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