Colors

★★★★★
  • 417 Lafayette St

    New York, NY 10003

    Cross street: nr. Astor Pl.

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  • 212-777-8443

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My cousin wanted to go to this place for her birthday so I said Ok . It was a group of us and we met for drinks and then went for dinner. the decor was beautiful and the bartender was amazing . Everything started going downhill when we

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★★★★★

My cousin wanted to go to this place for her birthday so I said Ok . It was a group of us and we met for drinks and then went for dinner. the decor was beautiful and the bartender was amazing . Everything started going downhill when we

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Ate here recently with friends, and I really have nothing bad to say about it. The decor was spacious yet intimate, good for large groups or a date. The staff was very polite and helpful, service was prompt but not rushed. We basically

3
★★★★★

Ate here recently with friends, and I really have nothing bad to say about it. The decor was spacious yet intimate, good for large groups or a date. The staff was very polite and helpful, service was prompt but not rushed. We basically

Pros: fair prices for great menu

Cons: not open for lunch as of now

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I had visited Colors once a few years back right before checking out a concert at a local venue (Santos Party House and Astor Place Theater are very close - dinner and drinks before/after Blue Man Group would be idea!)\r
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★★★★★

I had visited Colors once a few years back right before checking out a concert at a local venue (Santos Party House and Astor Place Theater are very close - dinner and drinks before/after Blue Man Group would be idea!)\r
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This restaurant

Pros: Food & Drinks Rock! Attentive owners/ waitstaff.

Cons: Later hours please : )

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I never experienced the COLORS of the club scene or pre-club scene, but here it is, 2010, and I think this restaurant is heading the right direction.

COLORS is focused on supporting workers, local businesses, and fair trade

3
★★★★★

I never experienced the COLORS of the club scene or pre-club scene, but here it is, 2010, and I think this restaurant is heading the right direction.

COLORS is focused on supporting workers, local businesses, and fair trade

Pros: delicious well-prepared food, amazing beer list/cocktails

Cons: maybe there aren't quite enough veggie-friendly options?

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Looking over the reviews, I wish I could comment on the food at Colors because it appears to be great. Sadly, my friends and I made the unfortunate choice to go to Colors late in the night Saturday Dec 13th when they were having a special

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★★★★★

Looking over the reviews, I wish I could comment on the food at Colors because it appears to be great. Sadly, my friends and I made the unfortunate choice to go to Colors late in the night Saturday Dec 13th when they were having a special

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There is no other restaurant like Colors--the menu is hard to pin down, but very diverse, a combination of world cultures. Colors was founded by former restaurant workers from the World Trade Center, and is one of the only (the only?) worker-owned restaurants in the city. But that's not the only reason to go there--the menu is always changing, and there's pretty much always room, even without reservations. Starters like tapas or ginger pumpkin soup run about $9, main courses (like crispy roasted Brazilian lime chicken) about $20, and desserts (including something called citrus panna cotta) also about $9. The menu has been shrinking a little over time, but it's still an adventure, the service is good, the wine list is extensive, and it's good to know the people on staff actually have benefits (now there's a novel concept). The decor is quasi-deco (sort of), but fun, and the booths have a good sense of privacy. Definitely worth it.

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★★★★★

There is no other restaurant like Colors--the menu is hard to pin down, but very diverse, a combination of world cultures. Colors was founded by former restaurant workers from the World Trade Center, and is one of the only (the only?) worker-owned restaurants in the city. But that's not the only reason to go there--the menu is always changing, and there's pretty much always room, even without reservations. Starters like tapas or ginger pumpkin soup run about $9, main courses (like crispy roasted Brazilian lime chicken) about $20, and desserts (including something called citrus panna cotta) also about $9. The menu has been shrinking a little over time, but it's still an adventure, the service is good, the wine list is extensive, and it's good to know the people on staff actually have benefits (now there's a novel concept). The decor is quasi-deco (sort of), but fun, and the booths have a good sense of privacy. Definitely worth it.

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I had my anniversary party at COLORS for a group of 20 and it was superb. We reserved a few months early and were fortunate enough to have the private dining room. When my husband and I arrived a few minutes early I was a little

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★★★★★

I had my anniversary party at COLORS for a group of 20 and it was superb. We reserved a few months early and were fortunate enough to have the private dining room. When my husband and I arrived a few minutes early I was a little

Pros: Eclectic menu, you can find something for everyone

Cons: Garage parking is pricey, a few friends were able to find parking on the streets -- read the signs!

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I had dinner there earlier this month. The service was attentive and the different courses of the meal were well prepared. The duck was tender and paired with a sweet potato pudding and collard greens. It was a great meal that was a

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★★★★★

I had dinner there earlier this month. The service was attentive and the different courses of the meal were well prepared. The duck was tender and paired with a sweet potato pudding and collard greens. It was a great meal that was a

Pros: good service, well prepared meal

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I went there for dinner with friends, the waiter was great.. he was patient and kind. However when the food came , some of the food was not cooked. I know we had a large party but that should not have been an excuse. The dessert was

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I went there for dinner with friends, the waiter was great.. he was patient and kind. However when the food came , some of the food was not cooked. I know we had a large party but that should not have been an excuse. The dessert was

Pros: Service

Cons: Food

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I waited.........................and waited............................I took a nap.....................then I waited..........................Our waiter finally showed up. Then we waited.......................and

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★★★★★

I waited.........................and waited............................I took a nap.....................then I waited..........................Our waiter finally showed up. Then we waited.......................and

Pros: NICE DECOR

Cons: TERRIBLE FOOD BUT A VERY LONG WAIT FOR IT.

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For all you ethical consumers out there- this is the place to enjoy an upscale dinner. When you think of all the abuses and exploitation that goes on behind the scenes in restaurants, it feels good to support a place where the workers are

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★★★★★

For all you ethical consumers out there- this is the place to enjoy an upscale dinner. When you think of all the abuses and exploitation that goes on behind the scenes in restaurants, it feels good to support a place where the workers are

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My friends and I (a group of 7 people) went to Colors to celebrate a birthday because after all, even leftist, not-for-profit friends deserve expensive birthday dinners. After reading the negative reviews on this site, we decided not to

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★★★★★

My friends and I (a group of 7 people) went to Colors to celebrate a birthday because after all, even leftist, not-for-profit friends deserve expensive birthday dinners. After reading the negative reviews on this site, we decided not to

Pros: Plaintain chips, potato samosas, ginger margarita, lychee martini

Cons: Dry pork tenderloin.

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I can tell you one thing abou the two previous reviewers: I never want to eat at any restaurant they recommend. What was bad about my dining experience? **Surly host **Waited for 15 minutes after being seated without being

3
★★★★★

I can tell you one thing abou the two previous reviewers: I never want to eat at any restaurant they recommend. What was bad about my dining experience? **Surly host **Waited for 15 minutes after being seated without being

Pros: Drinks

Cons: Food, Service, Decor, Crowd, Ambience. That's all.

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My gf and I have gone here half a dozen times since it opened. Each time we have appreciated the eclectic menu and the varied and value-laden wine list. The service is consistently good as well. Unfortunately the last two times we have

3
★★★★★

My gf and I have gone here half a dozen times since it opened. Each time we have appreciated the eclectic menu and the varied and value-laden wine list. The service is consistently good as well. Unfortunately the last two times we have

Pros: Good food, attentive service

Cons: Corn chip things are outright bad, wine list used to be better

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Drinks were good, food was good but not outstanding, service was very friendly. Atmosphere is subdued and quiet; made for a great dinner with girlfriends bc it was easy to hear each other speak. I would go again.

3
★★★★★

Drinks were good, food was good but not outstanding, service was very friendly. Atmosphere is subdued and quiet; made for a great dinner with girlfriends bc it was easy to hear each other speak. I would go again.

Pros: Quiet, service, location

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My friends and I were in the mood for something international and unique - so we decided to try Colors. What a mistake! First, the food selection was unremarkable. Having curried goat lentil rice, seared duck breast with daikon and a

3
★★★★★

My friends and I were in the mood for something international and unique - so we decided to try Colors. What a mistake! First, the food selection was unremarkable. Having curried goat lentil rice, seared duck breast with daikon and a

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We had a reservation at 9pm. We had to wait 30 minutes to be seated and it wasn't that busy. But we needed those 30 minutes to get any service at the bar (we were the only people at the bar). We probably should have left, but then we

3
★★★★★

We had a reservation at 9pm. We had to wait 30 minutes to be seated and it wasn't that busy. But we needed those 30 minutes to get any service at the bar (we were the only people at the bar). We probably should have left, but then we

Pros: Good food

Cons: Horrible service

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Worst service I have ever encountered in a Manhattan restaurant. \r
my short ribs were undercooked, tuff, and simply not edible.\r
The deserts were very fair and also not tasty at all.\r
My party and I felt very foolish.\r
Colors is very

3
★★★★★

Worst service I have ever encountered in a Manhattan restaurant. \r
my short ribs were undercooked, tuff, and simply not edible.\r
The deserts were very fair and also not tasty at all.\r
My party and I felt very foolish.\r
Colors is very

Pros: no pros

Cons: poor service, overpriced, not tolerable

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Not the place to go. No excuses. The food was below average and not worth it. The service is inconsistent. I will not go back and will not recommend anyone to eat there. \r
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★★★★★

Not the place to go. No excuses. The food was below average and not worth it. The service is inconsistent. I will not go back and will not recommend anyone to eat there. \r
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Cons: Food and Service

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I had heard about the eclectic and worldly menu at Colors some time ago and wanted to give it a shot. Located near other well knows restaurants, I figured I would have a similar dining experience. Although the idea of Colors is great,

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★★★★★

I had heard about the eclectic and worldly menu at Colors some time ago and wanted to give it a shot. Located near other well knows restaurants, I figured I would have a similar dining experience. Although the idea of Colors is great,

Pros: great cocktails, tapas

Cons: unorganized wait staff

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Well some of these reviews are spot on. I was there on a Tuesday and the restaurant was half empty....not the best sign in the world, but I was ok with it being the week before the holiday's. We didn't know who our waiter was and the

3
★★★★★

Well some of these reviews are spot on. I was there on a Tuesday and the restaurant was half empty....not the best sign in the world, but I was ok with it being the week before the holiday's. We didn't know who our waiter was and the

Cons: Service was all over the place

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I agree with the other critics, you could find better food at other restaurants. If you want international fare, try Cafe Himalaya for some great Tibetan food or Chubo on Clinton Street for some eclectic French at a much better price and

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★★★★★

I agree with the other critics, you could find better food at other restaurants. If you want international fare, try Cafe Himalaya for some great Tibetan food or Chubo on Clinton Street for some eclectic French at a much better price and

Cons: Food, Service was average given price

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The owners at Colors seem actually more savvy in getting editorial recommendations (translating into a higher score in Citysearch) than to provide the creativity and taste in their dishes. The food is standard New York fare. Definitely

3
★★★★★

The owners at Colors seem actually more savvy in getting editorial recommendations (translating into a higher score in Citysearch) than to provide the creativity and taste in their dishes. The food is standard New York fare. Definitely

Pros: Located in a busy area

Cons: Food, service

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Went with some friends. They were not prepared for the eight of us. Experience was fair. Food was average. Would not go to NoHo for this restaurant though.

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★★★★★

Went with some friends. They were not prepared for the eight of us. Experience was fair. Food was average. Would not go to NoHo for this restaurant though.

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Food was not worth it and below average. The service was the worst I have experienced in NYC. Our waiter failed to give us attention, got the order wrong and basically ignored us the entire night. The desserts were standard and

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★★★★★

Food was not worth it and below average. The service was the worst I have experienced in NYC. Our waiter failed to give us attention, got the order wrong and basically ignored us the entire night. The desserts were standard and

Cons: Mediocre food, bad service

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Took my friend here visiting from Chicago. We both were impressed by the food (tapas, so you can share a lot of dishes). The bison and the risotto were out of this world, the decor is warm and the staff friendly. \r

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★★★★★

Took my friend here visiting from Chicago. We both were impressed by the food (tapas, so you can share a lot of dishes). The bison and the risotto were out of this world, the decor is warm and the staff friendly. \r

Pros: Great food, ambiance, no wait

Cons: Next to Butter they face tough competition

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Had a wonderful evening here. The staff was warm and friendly and the food was delicious. The co-op concept is unique and it is great to be able to support former Windows on the World employees. I would recommend everyone to check it

3
★★★★★

Had a wonderful evening here. The staff was warm and friendly and the food was delicious. The co-op concept is unique and it is great to be able to support former Windows on the World employees. I would recommend everyone to check it

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the food was ok and the actual experience was good but the prices are too scandalous for something that wasn't exceptional. if you have the money to spend go right ahead, but if you'd don't, don't bother.

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★★★★★

the food was ok and the actual experience was good but the prices are too scandalous for something that wasn't exceptional. if you have the money to spend go right ahead, but if you'd don't, don't bother.

Cons: way too expensive

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choices were good to very fair of the four in our party [heavy breading, tough meat, reheated boiled chicken in a salad]. service was inept. no service, including taking our initial order, was offered without our searching for someone to

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★★★★★

choices were good to very fair of the four in our party [heavy breading, tough meat, reheated boiled chicken in a salad]. service was inept. no service, including taking our initial order, was offered without our searching for someone to

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What a special evening. My dinner was absolutely spectacular, rich in new taste surprises and beautifully presented. The staff was lovely.
The "world" decor is gorgeous and the spirit of the worker owners from all over the world fills the

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What a special evening. My dinner was absolutely spectacular, rich in new taste surprises and beautifully presented. The staff was lovely.
The "world" decor is gorgeous and the spirit of the worker owners from all over the world fills the

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I wanted to try this because it is such a unique enterprise - co-op owned by workers formerly employed at Windows on the World (World Trade Center). The atmosphere was lovely, staff professional and nice. Food was delicious and of very

3
★★★★★

I wanted to try this because it is such a unique enterprise - co-op owned by workers formerly employed at Windows on the World (World Trade Center). The atmosphere was lovely, staff professional and nice. Food was delicious and of very

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Celebrated my 50th birthday here on opening night. The food was wonderfully flavorful, the service exceptional, and the ambience was warm and stylish. I will return.

3
★★★★★

Celebrated my 50th birthday here on opening night. The food was wonderfully flavorful, the service exceptional, and the ambience was warm and stylish. I will return.

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extremely friendly service and overall cozy ambiance. my husband raved about his food and drinks the entire cab ride home.

we had a 1 yr old with us, and the restaurant was so accomodating and welcoming of him.

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extremely friendly service and overall cozy ambiance. my husband raved about his food and drinks the entire cab ride home.

we had a 1 yr old with us, and the restaurant was so accomodating and welcoming of him.

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Pros: food/menu, decor, service

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Colors earned a legion of headlines when it opened in late 2005 thanks to its owners---the waiters, chefs and busboys who run this cooperative restaurant near Astor Place---all former employees of Windows on the World, theā€¦

 

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