April 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm 4 comments

Last week my boyfriend and I visited Cafeteria in Chelsea to have a special dinner for his 22nd birthday. Here’s how it all went down.

We arrived around 8:00PM on a Wednesday night, and it was surprisingly crowded for mid-week. We left our name with the host and waited at the (also crowded) bar for a table to become available. Not to worry, however, because there is of course a price to be paid for languishing in such hipness. After about 30 minutes into my Blood Orange Martini, a tiny table for two squished between two others opened up. Despite the crampedness, spirits remained high.

Anyhoo, we ordered the famous Mac and Cheese for a starter and it was orgasmic. So so so good. The cheese was a perfectly flavored blend of fontina and cheddar with that crispy baked cheesy layer on top. We practically licked the bowl clean. After that, I chose the Honey Roasted Turkey for my main course while Jon had the Wednesday night special, Fish and Chips, good old Irish boy that he is.

My turkey came with sweet potato mash, cranberry sauce, and green beans, Thanksgiving-style. It was a tasty dish – the turkey was moist, the green beans were perfectly crisp, and the cranberry sauce had nice combination of jelly and actual cranberry texture – but overall, too sweet for me. The honey in the turkey as well as the very sweet potato mash and cranberry was more like a dessert than a dinner; technically nothing wrong with the meal, just a matter of my personal preference.

Honey Roasted Turkey

Jon’s Fish and Chips, Wednesday Night’s Blue Plate Special, were, if nothing else, delightfully presented in a thin paper bag and aluminum cup, reminiscent of whimsical Boardwalk food. The fries were of the traditional Boardwalk or “chipper” style, being more limp and soft than crispy, and still with bits of the potato skin clinging to them. The fish was served in small bits rather than a large filet, suggesting it was best eaten with fingers, and preserving the crispiness of the battering. Also on the plate was Apple Cider Cole Slaw, which tasted quite like regular cole slaw but more refreshing and without the over-laden mayonnaise feeling. Jon described the dish as “Fuckin’ delish.”

Fish and Chips

To cap it all off, we had the Strawberry Shortcake dessert which consisted of vanilla ice cream, strawberries, mascarpone, and bits of cake – it was fantastic.

Cafeteria provides updated, quality comfort food in a hip atmosphere, and an impressive cocktail menu to boot. It’s open 24 hours as well, and I would call it highly recommended, but steer clear of the 8:00 dinner rush.

119 7th Ave @17th Street

New York, NY 10011

(212) 414-1717

Open 24HRS.

Prices: Entrees – $15-30. (It was a special occasion so it was a bit of a splurge.)


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. googlyeyed  |  April 21, 2008 at 11:42 am

    You know who else has bomb mac and cheese? Tea and Sympathy. We should totes eat there sometime.

  • 2. bettytron  |  April 23, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    What’s the price range like?? Cos I am po’.

  • 3. alisaurus  |  April 24, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Oh I should’ve mentioned that. Entrees are like $15-$30.

  • 4. Cafeteria Redux: The Brunchening «  |  May 25, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    […] (with cheddar and fontina) again, this time as my entree. And again, it was absolute bliss (see previous Cafeteria entry for elaboration). Just look at that cheese. MY […]


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