Caffe Falai

★★★★☆
  • 265 Lafayette St

    New York, NY 10012

    Cross street: nr. Prince St.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-274-8615

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Lovely place and good pasta. I had the one with ragu sauce, it was good. We ordered a few appetizers and the one I would not have ordered is the eggplant though. That was a bit too mushy for my taste. Everything else was great. Including

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★★★★★

Lovely place and good pasta. I had the one with ragu sauce, it was good. We ordered a few appetizers and the one I would not have ordered is the eggplant though. That was a bit too mushy for my taste. Everything else was great. Including

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spent my last Sunday brunch at Caffe Falai because a friend of mine had wanted to go for weeks. The service was professional and friendly and the idea of the "white restaurant with the elegant chandelier" made it a minimalist dining experience. But I'm not saying the food is bland. On the contrary- the cheese eggs and dessert are beyond words. Thanks!

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★★★★★

spent my last Sunday brunch at Caffe Falai because a friend of mine had wanted to go for weeks. The service was professional and friendly and the idea of the "white restaurant with the elegant chandelier" made it a minimalist dining experience. But I'm not saying the food is bland. On the contrary- the cheese eggs and dessert are beyond words. Thanks!

Pros: brunch

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Some friends I made while traveling in Italy came to visit NY, and upon recommendations from friends of theirs, we met for brunch at the caffe. It was not only beautiful but the food was truly spectacular. The Polipo octopus dish was so good we ordered a second dish for the table! Next were homemade pasta dishes; the one with mushroom and cauliflower was my favorite. A cappuccino and slice of complimentary 'crepe cake' made this a completely enjoyable brunch. Great selection of Italian wines and friendly Italian waiters a plus!

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★★★★★

Some friends I made while traveling in Italy came to visit NY, and upon recommendations from friends of theirs, we met for brunch at the caffe. It was not only beautiful but the food was truly spectacular. The Polipo octopus dish was so good we ordered a second dish for the table! Next were homemade pasta dishes; the one with mushroom and cauliflower was my favorite. A cappuccino and slice of complimentary 'crepe cake' made this a completely enjoyable brunch. Great selection of Italian wines and friendly Italian waiters a plus!

Pros: Best Cappuccino in NY

Cons: Patience is rewarded

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We decided to start new year's day with a nice breakfast in Soho. The Caffee Falai interior looked charming and inviting, but as we walked the impression turned out to be wrong. The waitress was unfriendly. Since it was around noon there were only two choices for breakfast left; baked eggs and panini. The food was horrible, tasteless and very expensive!! The only good thing was the

coffee! Not recommending!

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★☆☆☆☆

We decided to start new year's day with a nice breakfast in Soho. The Caffee Falai interior looked charming and inviting, but as we walked the impression turned out to be wrong. The waitress was unfriendly. Since it was around noon there were only two choices for breakfast left; baked eggs and panini. The food was horrible, tasteless and very expensive!! The only good thing was the

coffee! Not recommending!

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My guest and I were thrilled to stumble upon Caffe Falai just around the corner from busy Broadway in Soho last month. The sparkle of candlelight, crystal, and white linens drew us into a welcoming atmosphere. After asking for help with the wine, a luscious bottle of white from San Gimignano provided the perfect start to our meal. A light tomato and bread soup was followed by a salad of delicate greens and avocado dressed with whtie truffle oil. A perfect al dente linguini with a sauce of parmesan and lemon zest was amazing. Tiny biscotti with expresso ended the meal perfectly. The collection of mirrors hung at various heights along the outter wall of the restaurant proved not to be mere decoration. In fact, they provided the diner with a clever, yet subtle way, of watching the reflected activity on the street, in the kitchen, and among fellow diners. This restaurant has great potential. The subtle and beautifully crafted food is glorious. Be patient, show appreciation, and you will be rewarded.

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★★★★★

My guest and I were thrilled to stumble upon Caffe Falai just around the corner from busy Broadway in Soho last month. The sparkle of candlelight, crystal, and white linens drew us into a welcoming atmosphere. After asking for help with the wine, a luscious bottle of white from San Gimignano provided the perfect start to our meal. A light tomato and bread soup was followed by a salad of delicate greens and avocado dressed with whtie truffle oil. A perfect al dente linguini with a sauce of parmesan and lemon zest was amazing. Tiny biscotti with expresso ended the meal perfectly. The collection of mirrors hung at various heights along the outter wall of the restaurant proved not to be mere decoration. In fact, they provided the diner with a clever, yet subtle way, of watching the reflected activity on the street, in the kitchen, and among fellow diners. This restaurant has great potential. The subtle and beautifully crafted food is glorious. Be patient, show appreciation, and you will be rewarded.

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They broke dishes ... then a wine glass. The glasses broke into pieces and fell onto my friend's sweater. The guy sitting at next table was nice enough to tell my friend or she could cut her back. The waiter and the manager never apologized; SO RUDE. Will never go back there.

If you do decide to check this place out, sit far away from the long side of the bar where the wine glasses on sitting on marble stands. Idiots!

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★☆☆☆☆

They broke dishes ... then a wine glass. The glasses broke into pieces and fell onto my friend's sweater. The guy sitting at next table was nice enough to tell my friend or she could cut her back. The waiter and the manager never apologized; SO RUDE. Will never go back there.

If you do decide to check this place out, sit far away from the long side of the bar where the wine glasses on sitting on marble stands. Idiots!

Pros: Sit far from broken dishes and glasses and you might have a safe meal

Cons: Broken dishes and glasses ... Yikes!

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I went for a late breakfast on a recent Monday morning. This was my first time here. Two of us ordered different baked eggs dishes, and the third person had a prosciutto/cheese/tomato panini. The eggs turned out to be rubbery throughout and inedible. The panini was barely serviceable. This was an unfortunate experience as I had invited a friend from overseas and wanted for us all to have an enjoyable, sophisticated meal.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went for a late breakfast on a recent Monday morning. This was my first time here. Two of us ordered different baked eggs dishes, and the third person had a prosciutto/cheese/tomato panini. The eggs turned out to be rubbery throughout and inedible. The panini was barely serviceable. This was an unfortunate experience as I had invited a friend from overseas and wanted for us all to have an enjoyable, sophisticated meal.

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Last night I dined at Caffe Falai and found it to be a great addition to the Nolita area. When so many restaurants in Little Italy are geared up for the tourists (and the number decreases yearly), this place delivers on bringing authentic, fresh Italian food back to the area.

I had the breaded eggplant appetizer, which I will admit was too large and only slightly warm, but the red sauce it was served with was magical, both tangy and sweet, a nice compliment to the eggplant. For the entree, I had the short rib ragu fresh pasta course. The pasta was so fresh and delicate, it reminded me of the gnocchi my girlfriend and I made this summer. The sauce was hearty with hunks of tender, succulent short rib which tasted great with the Nero d'Avola recommended by the manager. My dinner guest enjoyed the avocado salad and ordered the spinach agnolotti stuffed with riccota and covered with a 4 cheese sauce, truly a rich experience. Again, the pasta was so delicate and fresh, sublime really.

The place was packed (Thursday night), but the Italian wait staff was very warm and engaging. Asked how long until a table would be ready upon arrival, they said 15 minutes. When pressed, they said "an Italian 15 minutes". It put me in the right mood and allowed me to be chill about the wait. Service was slightly slow, but the food was worth it.

I am not prone to making recommendations, but the pasta was truly divine. I hope the place doesn't get overrun, unfortunately I think I just let the genie out of the bottle!

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★★★★★

Last night I dined at Caffe Falai and found it to be a great addition to the Nolita area. When so many restaurants in Little Italy are geared up for the tourists (and the number decreases yearly), this place delivers on bringing authentic, fresh Italian food back to the area.

I had the breaded eggplant appetizer, which I will admit was too large and only slightly warm, but the red sauce it was served with was magical, both tangy and sweet, a nice compliment to the eggplant. For the entree, I had the short rib ragu fresh pasta course. The pasta was so fresh and delicate, it reminded me of the gnocchi my girlfriend and I made this summer. The sauce was hearty with hunks of tender, succulent short rib which tasted great with the Nero d'Avola recommended by the manager. My dinner guest enjoyed the avocado salad and ordered the spinach agnolotti stuffed with riccota and covered with a 4 cheese sauce, truly a rich experience. Again, the pasta was so delicate and fresh, sublime really.

The place was packed (Thursday night), but the Italian wait staff was very warm and engaging. Asked how long until a table would be ready upon arrival, they said 15 minutes. When pressed, they said "an Italian 15 minutes". It put me in the right mood and allowed me to be chill about the wait. Service was slightly slow, but the food was worth it.

I am not prone to making recommendations, but the pasta was truly divine. I hope the place doesn't get overrun, unfortunately I think I just let the genie out of the bottle!

Pros: Fresh pasta, wine, food in general

Cons: Service time, wait time

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I stumbled upon caffe falai while i was down in soho. I walked in just for an iced coffee and was immediately drawn to the front area with all of the amazing looking desserts and food! I decided to stay and try a little spinach tartlet then had the thin crepe layered cake dessert TO DIE FOR! I also ended up buying a couple of the biscotti gift boxes and ended up eating 1/2 of one on the way home! I will definitely be back to caffe falai. The food was delicious and the service was great!

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★★★★★

I stumbled upon caffe falai while i was down in soho. I walked in just for an iced coffee and was immediately drawn to the front area with all of the amazing looking desserts and food! I decided to stay and try a little spinach tartlet then had the thin crepe layered cake dessert TO DIE FOR! I also ended up buying a couple of the biscotti gift boxes and ended up eating 1/2 of one on the way home! I will definitely be back to caffe falai. The food was delicious and the service was great!

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Not sure about the restaurant but I got a few of their bomboloni to go and the ones with the vanilla filling were AMAZING! The chocolate were pretty tasty too but a bit rich.

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★★★★☆

Not sure about the restaurant but I got a few of their bomboloni to go and the ones with the vanilla filling were AMAZING! The chocolate were pretty tasty too but a bit rich.

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I think the food was real good for the price, but honestly I think the service was just plain AWFUL. The manager/host seemed more worried about what he looks like (constantly looking at himself in the mirror) then servicing his clients. Food took forever to make, after 25 minutes of not being attended to, I had to ask for both a menu and a glass of water. Waiters were rude and unhelpful, and while in the end the food was nice, I still don?t believe the place is worth having to put up with being treated awful.

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★★☆☆☆

I think the food was real good for the price, but honestly I think the service was just plain AWFUL. The manager/host seemed more worried about what he looks like (constantly looking at himself in the mirror) then servicing his clients. Food took forever to make, after 25 minutes of not being attended to, I had to ask for both a menu and a glass of water. Waiters were rude and unhelpful, and while in the end the food was nice, I still don?t believe the place is worth having to put up with being treated awful.

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Food is delicious, the coffee is nice and strong. I found the atmosphere relaxing - unlike what the previous posters had to say, the waitstaff was the opposite of snooty. I got the tall curly-haired guy with the ponytail. He was very friendly, on top of things, and professional. All in all, a nice place to stop and have a short (or long) break.

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★★★★★

Food is delicious, the coffee is nice and strong. I found the atmosphere relaxing - unlike what the previous posters had to say, the waitstaff was the opposite of snooty. I got the tall curly-haired guy with the ponytail. He was very friendly, on top of things, and professional. All in all, a nice place to stop and have a short (or long) break.

Pros: Service

Cons: nondescript exterior - I always seem to pass it when walking down the street

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I have now eaten at all of the Falai restaurants and the new Caffe is just as great! The same amazing food and the prices are extremely reasonable. It's an great addition to the neighborhood, I highly recommend it!

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★★★★★

I have now eaten at all of the Falai restaurants and the new Caffe is just as great! The same amazing food and the prices are extremely reasonable. It's an great addition to the neighborhood, I highly recommend it!

Pros: Great food

Cons: new place so a bit busy

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I went here a few times since it's new and close and I liked it. Although I agree with the other reviews that the waitstaff wasn't very good, although never rude to me, I tell there was a haughty air to the servers. The design of the place is great, I love the chandelier and the all white, and my food has always been good.
I ordered the eggplant, which was just an eggplant with tomato sauce, the baked aggs with mushrooms, which was a bit strange but still good, and the mozarella/tomato panini, which my waiter messed up both times and gave me something else.
Order the cappuchino, because not only is it good, it has NYC initialed into the foam with esspresso!
Go for the food and atmosphere, not the service.

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★★★★☆

I went here a few times since it's new and close and I liked it. Although I agree with the other reviews that the waitstaff wasn't very good, although never rude to me, I tell there was a haughty air to the servers. The design of the place is great, I love the chandelier and the all white, and my food has always been good.
I ordered the eggplant, which was just an eggplant with tomato sauce, the baked aggs with mushrooms, which was a bit strange but still good, and the mozarella/tomato panini, which my waiter messed up both times and gave me something else.
Order the cappuchino, because not only is it good, it has NYC initialed into the foam with esspresso!
Go for the food and atmosphere, not the service.

Pros: cheap eats, good food, cool vibe

Cons: snooty waiters, difficulty seating

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This place will undoubtedly satisfy your craving for genuine Italian pastries and strong coffee. After some initial growing pains, the service has improved greatly.

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★★★★☆

This place will undoubtedly satisfy your craving for genuine Italian pastries and strong coffee. After some initial growing pains, the service has improved greatly.

Pros: coffee is great

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Living in the neighbourhood has made me lazy to leave and Caffe Falai has given me more reason to stay put. Beautiful design, great and friendly service, delicious food. I'm slowly, actually quickly, working my way through the pastry section, their coffee is excellent and all the food has been great so far. Definately go there!

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★★★★★

Living in the neighbourhood has made me lazy to leave and Caffe Falai has given me more reason to stay put. Beautiful design, great and friendly service, delicious food. I'm slowly, actually quickly, working my way through the pastry section, their coffee is excellent and all the food has been great so far. Definately go there!

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I walked in for a cafe early avo this opening weekend. Big mistake -would never do it again! Waitstaff extremely rude! But the music was shoking enough, was like 5 shots of espresso at once, that I just skipped the cafe... ciao!

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★★★☆☆

I walked in for a cafe early avo this opening weekend. Big mistake -would never do it again! Waitstaff extremely rude! But the music was shoking enough, was like 5 shots of espresso at once, that I just skipped the cafe... ciao!

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I tried out the new place on the block, and found that the food was pretty good, but the waitstaff wasn't knowledgeable and definitely not accommodating when we asked that the VERY loud music be turned down. Not only was it too loud, it didn't fit the atmosphere. We could barely hear each other over dinner. Don't think this place will have a long life with service like this. Shame.

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★★☆☆☆

I tried out the new place on the block, and found that the food was pretty good, but the waitstaff wasn't knowledgeable and definitely not accommodating when we asked that the VERY loud music be turned down. Not only was it too loud, it didn't fit the atmosphere. We could barely hear each other over dinner. Don't think this place will have a long life with service like this. Shame.

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Iacopo Falai's third offspring isn't really a huge leap forward. Which is a good thing. The all-white interior, so distinctive to this former Le Cirque pastry chef's eponymous eatery as well as to the more casual Falai Panetteria, is back.…

 

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