Olive Tree Cafe

★★★★☆
Village's Most Fun Restaurant!
  • 117 MacDougal St

    New York, NY 10012

    Cross street: nr. Minetta Ln.

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  • 212-254-3480

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This place is just good fun alone or on a date. I like the chalk board tables and the colored chalk they leave out in a bowl. They have a good selection of middle eastern food, good burgers, good wings and they play old black and white Chaplin movies. they also have board games you can borrow and use and free wifi. At night there is comedy club down stairs- I've caught the late show a few times, these are real comedians that do stand up, not local kids trying to break in to comedy. The show is very funny and it's only around $25 for the cover. Sometimes they are pretty raunchy so you might think about that when planning a date here.

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★★★★★

This place is just good fun alone or on a date. I like the chalk board tables and the colored chalk they leave out in a bowl. They have a good selection of middle eastern food, good burgers, good wings and they play old black and white Chaplin movies. they also have board games you can borrow and use and free wifi. At night there is comedy club down stairs- I've caught the late show a few times, these are real comedians that do stand up, not local kids trying to break in to comedy. The show is very funny and it's only around $25 for the cover. Sometimes they are pretty raunchy so you might think about that when planning a date here.

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I was in search of a great place to eat that had free wifi, good food, cappuccino or just some caffeine and would let me sit there for a few hours from 12-4. That was this place. I plugged in my laptop and went to work on a burger, sprite, 4 cups of cappuccino and on an upcoming event. Great atmosphere and service.

2
★★★★☆

I was in search of a great place to eat that had free wifi, good food, cappuccino or just some caffeine and would let me sit there for a few hours from 12-4. That was this place. I plugged in my laptop and went to work on a burger, sprite, 4 cups of cappuccino and on an upcoming event. Great atmosphere and service.

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One of my favorite places to go. Has a great atmosphere with silent Charlie Chaplin movies always playing, and a great mixture of music from classic jazz (Sinatra, Glenn Miller Band) to funk and soul (James Brown, Aretha Franklin). The food is pretty good as well, definitely 4 stars on the food. The tables are chalk boards which is always fun to draw stupid pictures or play games. Also, the best part is the comedy club in the basement. You have to buy tickets to get to watch it, but they're relatively cheap and its usually a full house. The entire experience is just great, and you and your friends will have a great night there.

2
★★★★★

One of my favorite places to go. Has a great atmosphere with silent Charlie Chaplin movies always playing, and a great mixture of music from classic jazz (Sinatra, Glenn Miller Band) to funk and soul (James Brown, Aretha Franklin). The food is pretty good as well, definitely 4 stars on the food. The tables are chalk boards which is always fun to draw stupid pictures or play games. Also, the best part is the comedy club in the basement. You have to buy tickets to get to watch it, but they're relatively cheap and its usually a full house. The entire experience is just great, and you and your friends will have a great night there.

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The food here is absolutely delicious. Best burger in the area, and one of the best in the city. The regular fries and the chicken sandwiches are also amazing.

1
★★★☆☆

The food here is absolutely delicious. Best burger in the area, and one of the best in the city. The regular fries and the chicken sandwiches are also amazing.

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I have been here only place, but the first impression was great! This place is very cute. While waiting for your food, you can doodle on the tables with chalk. I found that simply amazing! I ordered mocha with whip cream and was simply delicious. I definitely plan to revisit this cafe in the near future.

4
★★★★☆

I have been here only place, but the first impression was great! This place is very cute. While waiting for your food, you can doodle on the tables with chalk. I found that simply amazing! I ordered mocha with whip cream and was simply delicious. I definitely plan to revisit this cafe in the near future.

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I went here on a whim with my friend while I was at a medical conference in the city. I have to say, that this place a loads of fun, even if we only stayed for 30 minutes. The cozy antique look of the place was what attracted us, and the menu got us to stay. The middle eastern theme was interesting and the prices were very good. I ordered a chocolate egg cream which was delicious. Also, they tables have chalkboard paint on them which makes eating a lot of fun.

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★★★★☆

I went here on a whim with my friend while I was at a medical conference in the city. I have to say, that this place a loads of fun, even if we only stayed for 30 minutes. The cozy antique look of the place was what attracted us, and the menu got us to stay. The middle eastern theme was interesting and the prices were very good. I ordered a chocolate egg cream which was delicious. Also, they tables have chalkboard paint on them which makes eating a lot of fun.

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I love this place! i went once with some friends on a whim and now whenever ive craving wings and im in the city thats where i go. I love love love wings and ive been many many places for them, but the great thing about the wings here is that they have a really unique taste. They are a bit spicy but so full or flavor, even their blue cheese dip is unique and the combination is like flavor heaven. Its cute and fun and all the tables are made of chalk board so you can draw on them or play tick tack toe lol. Its a great date place and the menu is very fairly priced and covers almost everything. I highly recommend it. I have yet to know someone that ive taken there or been there on their own that had anything bad to say about Olive Tree.

2
★★★★★

I love this place! i went once with some friends on a whim and now whenever ive craving wings and im in the city thats where i go. I love love love wings and ive been many many places for them, but the great thing about the wings here is that they have a really unique taste. They are a bit spicy but so full or flavor, even their blue cheese dip is unique and the combination is like flavor heaven. Its cute and fun and all the tables are made of chalk board so you can draw on them or play tick tack toe lol. Its a great date place and the menu is very fairly priced and covers almost everything. I highly recommend it. I have yet to know someone that ive taken there or been there on their own that had anything bad to say about Olive Tree.

Pros: The Wings and the atmosphere

Cons: nothing i can think of...

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This is an excellent place to eat after you've been out an about in the Village, be it 1am or 1pm. Love the Charlie Chaplin silent movies, can get kind of crowded though at night. Its cheap and you can draw on the table while you wait for your food. They've taken away the the Shwarma Guy though to make more room for tables, so its a little tight and busy (especially at night). Comedians run rampant through there (Due to the Comedy Place downstairs), so you can see anyone on any given night. But when your hungry at 1am and your looking for a place to eat, this might be a sight for sore eyes and empty stomachs or a quick laugh when you go to the bathroom. Cool.

2
★★★★☆

This is an excellent place to eat after you've been out an about in the Village, be it 1am or 1pm. Love the Charlie Chaplin silent movies, can get kind of crowded though at night. Its cheap and you can draw on the table while you wait for your food. They've taken away the the Shwarma Guy though to make more room for tables, so its a little tight and busy (especially at night). Comedians run rampant through there (Due to the Comedy Place downstairs), so you can see anyone on any given night. But when your hungry at 1am and your looking for a place to eat, this might be a sight for sore eyes and empty stomachs or a quick laugh when you go to the bathroom. Cool.

Pros: Its open late, decent Turkey Burger if your not into Meditteranean food or don't want Mc D's, B King's or Pizza.

Cons: Your on top of each other, kind of tight

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Went there last night and had an awesome time! Tasty middle eastern dishes! Great Sangria too! Would defintely visit soon

2
★★★★☆

Went there last night and had an awesome time! Tasty middle eastern dishes! Great Sangria too! Would defintely visit soon

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i really like the food and drinks here. i recommend getting the hummus platter thingies, they are really good and not expensive at all. the desserts are especially tasty, and drinks are usually good too. i have to agree though that the service is kind of crappy. you may have to ask for a drink a couple times before you get it. but the coolest part about the restaurant are the chalkboard tables, which is sooo fun to draw all over while you eat :)

2
★★★★☆

i really like the food and drinks here. i recommend getting the hummus platter thingies, they are really good and not expensive at all. the desserts are especially tasty, and drinks are usually good too. i have to agree though that the service is kind of crappy. you may have to ask for a drink a couple times before you get it. but the coolest part about the restaurant are the chalkboard tables, which is sooo fun to draw all over while you eat :)

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The food is good, but the service is horrible. When you come in, the hotess will ask you, with a nasty face, how many people are coming and if you're really hungry. They rush over to get your order without giving you time to think and when you tell them you're ready, they make you wait a half hour until they take your order. They are spiteful and do not bring your food out quickly if you took a little extra time to order. The food is good, but nothing special. This is definitely not a place to go to and relax because of the hostile atmosphere from the employees.

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★★☆☆☆

The food is good, but the service is horrible. When you come in, the hotess will ask you, with a nasty face, how many people are coming and if you're really hungry. They rush over to get your order without giving you time to think and when you tell them you're ready, they make you wait a half hour until they take your order. They are spiteful and do not bring your food out quickly if you took a little extra time to order. The food is good, but nothing special. This is definitely not a place to go to and relax because of the hostile atmosphere from the employees.

Pros: The food and the location and good

Cons: The service and atmosphere of the employees will definitely ruin a good mood

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after moving away from NYC and 3 years later you just can not find anything like anywhere else. The Mid Eastern platter are to die from the kabobs make my husbands mouth water even if he just had dinner. The lines are alway long but well worth it The place is a hole in the wall just like you alway hear people say when they find that great little place and THIS IS IT!! see all of you soon.

2
★★★★★

after moving away from NYC and 3 years later you just can not find anything like anywhere else. The Mid Eastern platter are to die from the kabobs make my husbands mouth water even if he just had dinner. The lines are alway long but well worth it The place is a hole in the wall just like you alway hear people say when they find that great little place and THIS IS IT!! see all of you soon.

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Go here when you are hungover and want to pummle some great food. Pitchers of beer are cheap and so is the delicious food. Olive Tree is such a go-to spot for me!

2
★★★★★

Go here when you are hungover and want to pummle some great food. Pitchers of beer are cheap and so is the delicious food. Olive Tree is such a go-to spot for me!

Pros: Food, Cheap

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Big chalk board tables, chess sets provided when not full, great service, so-so food, beautiful lighting, cramped center tables but spacious booths worth waiting for. Charlie Chaplin movies have been playing on a Projector here for at least 11 years- I have been coming here for that long! Great place for a first date- especially with the comedy club right downstairs.

2
★★★★☆

Big chalk board tables, chess sets provided when not full, great service, so-so food, beautiful lighting, cramped center tables but spacious booths worth waiting for. Charlie Chaplin movies have been playing on a Projector here for at least 11 years- I have been coming here for that long! Great place for a first date- especially with the comedy club right downstairs.

Pros: lighting, comedy club, service

Cons: food, noisey, bathroom location

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This Cozy place is the best place to go for delisious,cheap food and fast friendly service!!! the bathroom is downstairs in the comedy club and when I walked downstairs Colin Quinn was standing in the hallway and he showed me which way to go!!! It was great!!

2
★★★★★

This Cozy place is the best place to go for delisious,cheap food and fast friendly service!!! the bathroom is downstairs in the comedy club and when I walked downstairs Colin Quinn was standing in the hallway and he showed me which way to go!!! It was great!!

Pros: fast freindly service, cozy, cheap

Cons: none

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I love this place, and am absolutely ADDICTED to their fiesta salad, which is not to be missed! The free pitas and chalkboard tables add to the friendly feel.

2
★★★★★

I love this place, and am absolutely ADDICTED to their fiesta salad, which is not to be missed! The free pitas and chalkboard tables add to the friendly feel.

Pros: Fiesta salad, Friendly feel, Relaxed

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This place is wonderful. The food and drinks were great. Our waiter was super cool. The prices are good too. Don't miss this place!

2
★★★★★

This place is wonderful. The food and drinks were great. Our waiter was super cool. The prices are good too. Don't miss this place!

Pros: Great food , Price, Service

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This is defitnatly one of the city's coolest spots. Service is friendly, and the comics are great!
This is a great place to take your shorty, or just go with friends. You can eat, drink and laugh.. Really fun!

2
★★★★★

This is defitnatly one of the city's coolest spots. Service is friendly, and the comics are great!
This is a great place to take your shorty, or just go with friends. You can eat, drink and laugh.. Really fun!

Pros: Great comics, Great Service, Cheap

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Like everyone else has stated, the food is good and cheap. Menu is endless. The Falafel, humus, tehina, babaganoush combo was great and the nachoes come with an entire plate of sides, instead of a soggy pileup. Unlimited pitas! Margaritas are good and I got to see Dave Atell!

2
★★★★★

Like everyone else has stated, the food is good and cheap. Menu is endless. The Falafel, humus, tehina, babaganoush combo was great and the nachoes come with an entire plate of sides, instead of a soggy pileup. Unlimited pitas! Margaritas are good and I got to see Dave Atell!

Pros: cheap, eclectic, fun

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Great location and Middle Eastern fare with blackboard tables make for a fun dinner. Although the place is a bit small, we were seated less than 10 mins after we arrived at 7 PM on a Friday night. Food was typical but tasty nonetheless, and the sangria was very delicious and relatively cheap, although maybe not "authentic". Bathroom is a long trip downstairs through the comedy club, so plan accordingly!

2
★★★★☆

Great location and Middle Eastern fare with blackboard tables make for a fun dinner. Although the place is a bit small, we were seated less than 10 mins after we arrived at 7 PM on a Friday night. Food was typical but tasty nonetheless, and the sangria was very delicious and relatively cheap, although maybe not "authentic". Bathroom is a long trip downstairs through the comedy club, so plan accordingly!

Pros: Inexpensive, Blackboard tables, Ambiance

Cons: , Far bathroom

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olive tree is my all time favorite downtown spot.
the neighborhood is open very late lots of interesting stores surround this delicious place.
and downstairs you can catch the comedy show, i see at least one famous comic everytime i go there just chillin at the bar. the place is cozy and the food is awesome. go for the chicken kabobs or falafel and get some drinks too. the burgers are huge and well woth the cheap price. its just a really fun affordable place. have fun drawing on the chalk board tables too!!!

2
★★★★★

olive tree is my all time favorite downtown spot.
the neighborhood is open very late lots of interesting stores surround this delicious place.
and downstairs you can catch the comedy show, i see at least one famous comic everytime i go there just chillin at the bar. the place is cozy and the food is awesome. go for the chicken kabobs or falafel and get some drinks too. the burgers are huge and well woth the cheap price. its just a really fun affordable place. have fun drawing on the chalk board tables too!!!

Pros: fun, cozy, cheap

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Heard such good things about this place that I thought I'd check it out...and man, am I glad I did! Everything we ordered was not only FANTASTIC but CHEAP. Who knew you could have both at once?

2
★★★★★

Heard such good things about this place that I thought I'd check it out...and man, am I glad I did! Everything we ordered was not only FANTASTIC but CHEAP. Who knew you could have both at once?

Pros: Awesome falafels, Fun atmosphere, Not pretentious

Cons: Small, Long lines

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The only place I haven't ventured on that block and I must say, much like Cafe Wha, Comedy Cellar, and the Village Underground, this place does NOT disappoint. Food was absolutely TERRIFIC and mad cheap. Where else can I get a Falafel plus plate of fries for $2.75!

2
★★★★★

The only place I haven't ventured on that block and I must say, much like Cafe Wha, Comedy Cellar, and the Village Underground, this place does NOT disappoint. Food was absolutely TERRIFIC and mad cheap. Where else can I get a Falafel plus plate of fries for $2.75!

Pros: GOOD food, CHEAP Food, YUMMY food

Cons: long lines at times

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This place is great - comforting food, good fast service and it's very cheap. Remember this good tip when there is a long wait for a schwarma platter - ask for a side of schwarma - it's almost as much meat as in the platter, but you can get it faster.

2
★★★★★

This place is great - comforting food, good fast service and it's very cheap. Remember this good tip when there is a long wait for a schwarma platter - ask for a side of schwarma - it's almost as much meat as in the platter, but you can get it faster.

Pros: yummy, fast, cheap,cheap,cheap

Cons: not too romantic, crowded

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They have great sangria and fun tables that they let you draw on with chalk. You get good wraps and burgers for your money, but it's always quite crowded and noisy. There's an odd thing with the bathroom, too because you need a "hall pass" with the code to get downstairs (the comedy cellar) and you have to pass by the stage to get to the bathrooms. I got heckled by the comedian last time I was there and then yelled at by the management because I didn't pay for the show.

2
★★★★☆

They have great sangria and fun tables that they let you draw on with chalk. You get good wraps and burgers for your money, but it's always quite crowded and noisy. There's an odd thing with the bathroom, too because you need a "hall pass" with the code to get downstairs (the comedy cellar) and you have to pass by the stage to get to the bathrooms. I got heckled by the comedian last time I was there and then yelled at by the management because I didn't pay for the show.

Pros: Great Sangria, Chalkboard Tables, Inexpensive Eats

Cons: Crowded and Loud, Not a big selection, Weird Bathrooms

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went to olive tree cafe for the first time this past friday after work. was alot of fun, absolutely love the chalkboad bar/tables sooo much fun. reasonably priced drinks. careful going to the bathroom those stairs get a lil iffy after a few too many (also stalls were tiny as well as bathrooms in general) but all in all would go back again and prolly a few more after that time

2
★★★★☆

went to olive tree cafe for the first time this past friday after work. was alot of fun, absolutely love the chalkboad bar/tables sooo much fun. reasonably priced drinks. careful going to the bathroom those stairs get a lil iffy after a few too many (also stalls were tiny as well as bathrooms in general) but all in all would go back again and prolly a few more after that time

Pros: cheap drinks, chalkboard tables

Cons: remembering the code, steep stairs

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Great food, cheap food, great atmosphere, fantastic desserts, and slate tables. It doesn't get any better. Only word of warning -- it's a pain in the butt if you want to go to the bathroom, and getting a table on a weekend night is tough. But this is hands down the best cafe in the Village.

2
★★★★★

Great food, cheap food, great atmosphere, fantastic desserts, and slate tables. It doesn't get any better. Only word of warning -- it's a pain in the butt if you want to go to the bathroom, and getting a table on a weekend night is tough. But this is hands down the best cafe in the Village.

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Blackboard tables to play while waiting for food. To get to the bathrooms, have to walk past the stage where you might get heckled by the standup comedian that shows downstairs. Priced right too.

2
★★★★★

Blackboard tables to play while waiting for food. To get to the bathrooms, have to walk past the stage where you might get heckled by the standup comedian that shows downstairs. Priced right too.

Pros: chalkboard table, good food, reasonable priced

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Simply put, this is my favorite hangout in the village. The food's tasty and cheap (try the borscht or the nachos - yes, the menu's that diverse), and the ambience couldn't be more unique - any place that lets you draw on the tables with chalk is OK with me. The big screen showing Chaplin films is also fun. The service tends to be a bit on the unfriendly side, but it's worth it for the value and great food.

2
★★★★☆

Simply put, this is my favorite hangout in the village. The food's tasty and cheap (try the borscht or the nachos - yes, the menu's that diverse), and the ambience couldn't be more unique - any place that lets you draw on the tables with chalk is OK with me. The big screen showing Chaplin films is also fun. The service tends to be a bit on the unfriendly side, but it's worth it for the value and great food.

Pros: inexpensive, amazing food, really cool ambience

Cons: impersonal service, dark

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With its stained-glass lamps, dark brick details and an antique-looking bar in the back, this Village staple is a fun spot for inexpensive (and late-night) American and Middle Eastern fare. The sprawling menu features…

 

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