Cafeteria is a restaurant that I’ve been hearing a lot about lately and Friday night my friends and I decided to have dinner there. The food there is marketed as comfort food with a twist. If you ask me however, I’d say the twist is negligible.
We arrived there around nine o’clock and it was packed. We waited for our table for 40 minutes. The restaurant was pretty loud and the wait staff wasn’t that friendly (they were good-looking though.) The menu was extensive, included were: sandwiches, soups, burgers, salads and seafood.
Instead of bread, Cafeteria serves warm biscuits. And instead of regular old butter, they serve a butter whipped with honey – which might’ve been my favorite part about the whole meal! It was original, unexpected and very tasty.
It was a good glass of lemonade, except the “aloe vera” part seemed to be missing…
As an appetizer, I shared Smoked Gouda and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese ($9.00) with my friend Sofya. Sorry, I didn’t get a picture. It was pretty good but nothing to write home about.
As for the entrée, I had the Spicy Roasted Chicken ($16.00.)
Overview: the mashed potatoes were under-salted and runny, the chicken was also under-salted and not spicy at all, and the topping of “roasted pepper salad”…well, let’s just say it was more of a garnish than an actual part of the dish. Overall it was okay. I’m pretty sure I could’ve done a better job at home, though.
In conclusion, *clear throat,* I expected more of Cafeteria from all the hype. The food is not extraordinary but at least the prices are reasonable. I don’t see myself going back there.
119 Seventh Ave
New York, NY 10011