Cafeteria Redux: The Brunchening

May 25, 2008 at 8:34 pm 4 comments

More brunch. This one also occurred when the family was in town, but I’m trying to stagger it so we don’t end up with a blog devoted entirely to brunch (though that’s not a bad idea). We hit Cafeteria again, mostly because this place is a sure bet for great food and they have outdoor seating which is a major plus as the weather gets nicer. There was no wait for the table this time which was excellent (it was about 12pm on a Wednesday) and we got to sit near the open front of the restaurant and bask in the springy loveliness.

I ordered the Mac and Cheese (with cheddar and fontina, $8 ) again, this time as my entree. And again, it was absolute bliss (see previous Cafeteria entry for elaboration). Just look at that cheese. MY GOD.

My mom ordered the Monterey Eggs ($10), which is like a solid, stacked version of Huevos Rancheros for people who like to enjoy their meal with a fork rather than a spoon. It consists of a flat, corn tortilla layered with black-eyed peas, hash brown potatoes, two fried eggs, monterey jack cheese, guacamole, and chopped tomatoes with tortilla strips sprinkled over the whole thing and served in a cute little cast iron skillet. I admit I went to Cafeteria again today, and ordered this dish for myself, and it was pretty great. All the textures worked together really well, as well as the slightly spicy Mexican flavors and crunchy tortillas. And we all know that anything with guacamole is inherently awesome.

My brother had the Soup and Sammie ($9), which could never be bad. It was half a grilled cheese, bacon and tomato sandwich with a cup of tomato basil soup and homemade potato chips. He raved about it, and you can never go wrong with cheese, bacon, tomato and basil. Plus the sandwich bread looks thick and fluffy, and oh so toasty.

So to be honest, this review isn’t saying anything new and is mostly just an excuse for food porn. It’s already been established and accepted that Cafeteria is the bomb diggity and everyone should eat there. After visiting it again today, I decided that the prices are totally reasonable (for breakfast/brunch/lunch), considering a traditional diner wouldn’t be that much cheaper, and would definitely not be as good. For all this free raving and publicity, I should get to eat there for free.


7th Avenue at W 17th St

New York, NY 10011

Open 24 HRS

Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch: $6 – 13


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tim Cameron  |  May 26, 2008 at 5:53 am

    They all look amazing. In England, brunch is way less of a thing, although you havent lived until you’ve eaten an all-day breakfast at a greasy spoon caff.

    And you WON’T live if you do.

  • 2. Tim Cameron  |  May 26, 2008 at 5:55 am

    I would like to apologise to everyone for leaving the apostrophe out of “haven’t” in my previous post. I’ve let my school down, I’ve let my family down; but most of all, I’ve let myself down.

  • 3. parkrangerolivia  |  May 27, 2008 at 12:33 pm


    we need to go to Tea and Sympathy and try their mac and cheese, too.

  • 4. Goodbye Chelsea « Googly Eyes  |  August 5, 2008 at 9:32 am

    […] you’ve ever read this blog before, you know how much I love Cafeteria and how delicious their food looks (and is.) It’s hip, it’s delicious, it’s open 24 hours, and it’s probably […]


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