Cornelia Street Cafe, New York City

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29 Cornelia St., New York, NY 10014 (212) 989-9319

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    Cornelia Street Cafe: My favorite place to hang, eat & peepwatch

    by davequ Updated Feb 25, 2009

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    Manhattan, even the West Village is imo not as fertile as Paris when looking for outdoor terrace cafes,
    but this is my favorite place in Manhattan to hang out & pass the time.

    Cornelia Street Cafe has it all: good food, wine & coffee, a scenic street abundant with restaurants & shops, eye candy(warning: travel-cliche alert), colorful foot traffic, and a shaded terrace - everything I need to survive.

    Talented local artists get to exhibit their latest on the walls inside, and there is even a small cabaret downstairs for poetry readings and live music.

    (point of trivia):
    The first performance of the play Vagina Monologues (if you're into vaginas) was in the basement of the Cornelia Street Café in 1996. Famous Movie Quote: " I LUV the scent of vaginas in the morning, washed down with a nicely chilled, chewy & fruity glass of Zin ..."

    Cornelia's staff is usually very friendly & helpful to me with no attitude.

    I think you can always judge a "scene" or hangout by the quality & originality of the people you end up watching or bumping into & chatting with, and I give this place a 9+.

    Can get crowded during peak lunch / dinner hours and sometimes this puts a slight strain on service. Try to hit Cornelia (and the sun will be just right) sometime between 3 and 4 pm to catch it at what I think is its best time.

    Cornelia Street Cafe may not be for everybody but anytime I'm in Manhattan and want to do some high-quality "nothing" time, more often than not this is where I'll be.

    Favorite Dish: Some mags call it a "nouveau - bistro" (barf).
    Check out the Menu and call it what you want.

    Everything I've tried here is good, from soup to burgers to steak frites, but last time I had the Boudin Blanc and it was tasty also.

    Damn good winelist for a cafe.

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