201 W 83RD St, New York, NY | Directions 1002440.785905 -73.976732
Mon-Thu, 8am-2am; Fri, 8am-4am; Sat, 9am-4am; Sun, 9am-2am
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Upper West Side
good dessert – We are new to the nieghbor hood and went over to this cozy place for a quick dessert after dinner across the street. It was very noisy but the dessert was great! I had this chocolate layer thingy that was out of this world! Check it out!
Paying for the experience – It is overpriced but you are in the infamous cafe lalo. The brunch is good. fresh ingredients. Depend on what you order, it could be great or soso. The dessert I've had a few and is not all that. My boyfriend loves the belgium waffle with fresh berries and the homemade whip cream is indulging( I LOVE IT TOO) But at a steep price $12. That's NY. Service lags. They hire teeny boppers to serve and few are nice but majority are a bit oblivious. I go there at least 10 times a year and the help is always different. Go for the experience. I go back because of the vegetable panini and belgium waffle. Coffee drinks is not out of this world and overpriced.
fine, but not worth it – It's so tiny and crowded with tables (can't go it you are obese, that's for sure), and costs about 20% more than it should. Kind of touristy, I guess is how to describe it.
never been that impressed... – Have come here quite a few times since the early 90's, and have never been that impressed. At first, I went for lack of any other venues in the UWS. Now I go only if a friend insists. The tables are small, chairs are uncomfortable, and there's ALWAYS a wait. The desserts are good, but you can get great desserts everywhere in NYC. It must be because of the "You've Got Mail" movie that everyone's so crazy about Lalo's...
Most amazing desserts spoilt by the stuffy atmosphere – I really tried to like this place (it's one of my boyfriend's favorites), but I couldn't. My sweet tooth is the size of the Empire State Building, and I definitely appreciate the delicious Cafe Lalo desserts (especially their REAL, rich whipped cream), but I can't get over how crowded this place is, and how stuffy and pretentious it feels. The worst part of my experience is trying to squeeze through to my seat without putting my butt into somebody's dessert. (And no, my butt is not that big.) To be fair, the place is not a boring one - it does stand out, and it has the potential to be charming, but somehow it just lacks grace. Anyway, I recommend going there once because the desserts are worth it. Then you can decide if you will coming back. I won't.
Not Just Because It Was In You've Got Mail – Don't just visit Cafe Lalo because it was in the movie You've Got Mail. This place can stand on its own. Although the place was packed when I arrived about 11am I was seated promptly. The service is good and the staff is friendly. The food is awesome and well worth every penny. The coffee is great too. Don't miss this little cafe on the West side of Central Park.
Good Brunch – This is a healthy place! They to do not use oil or butter to cook, they steam the eggs. Fresh squeezed orange juice and fresh bread! It was delicius. We loved the ambience and the French style. The trees outside with orange leaves and small white lights, very romantic!
Good coffee – Nice place to go for a cup of coffee and a dessert.. A little to crowded. Sometimes you have to wait to be seated.
The have nice design.
Avoid on weekend nights – I brought my 11 and 13-year-old cousins here late Saturday night for a treat after a show. What a mistake! The place was so packed we could barely move; there was not enough room at our table for all of our chairs. The waitress was distracted and borderline-rude. We keep kosher, and were told there were many kosher cakes- in fact only one was available, it was not what was described to us, and it was tasteless. Also, the tab for dessert and coffee/hot cocoa for 4 people came to over $50, before tip. I used to love this place, but it has really gone downhill. The girls will now be excited to see "You've Got Mail", but this cafe was otherwise entirely disappointing. Next time we're going to Ben and Jerry's.
Money and time better spent elsewhere – The service was horrible. I never complain about restaurants, but went to the trouble of registering just to let you know; definitely not worth the money.
I ordered the Parisian breakfast which, on the menu, consists of a croissant, fruit on the side, and the option of a teapot. I only received the croissant, which was rock hard and stone cold, and the teapot. I was charged over the menu price. I paid $9 for a croissant and some tea. Gratuity not included.
The waitresses seemed nice but I didn't see enough of them to be able to tell you for sure. This place just left a bad taste in my mouth, on several levels. Maybe they're better at night or with their more signature pastries.
Take care, y'all. :) And good luck
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