Market Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 496 9TH Ave

    New York, NY 10018

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  • 212-967-3892

About Market Cafe

Hours
Monday 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM Tuesday 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM Wednesday 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM Thursday 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM Friday 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM Saturday 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM Sunday Closed

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The Market Cafe has a wonderful brunch deal. They have a variety of delicious entrees to chose from. Add $12.95 to any entree and you get unlimited drinks. The atmosphere was real upbeat and the waitstaff were very friendly and

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★★★★★

The Market Cafe has a wonderful brunch deal. They have a variety of delicious entrees to chose from. Add $12.95 to any entree and you get unlimited drinks. The atmosphere was real upbeat and the waitstaff were very friendly and

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Came here for the 8 Cents Chocolate Cake promotion and lunch on a Monday and it was truly surprising.

The waiters are super nice and friendly. The decor is like an Old Market with old school tiles plastered this place. I got the lunch special of half sandwich and half soup combo. The tuna salad sandwich is tasty and they gave me a lot of tuna salad. The bread itself is tiny and can barely cover all the tuna.

My coworker and I both got the chocolate cakes for 8 cents each. It is not too heavy and good enough to make me have a food coma right now. Definitely a good spot for lunch.

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★★★☆☆

Came here for the 8 Cents Chocolate Cake promotion and lunch on a Monday and it was truly surprising.

The waiters are super nice and friendly. The decor is like an Old Market with old school tiles plastered this place. I got the lunch special of half sandwich and half soup combo. The tuna salad sandwich is tasty and they gave me a lot of tuna salad. The bread itself is tiny and can barely cover all the tuna.

My coworker and I both got the chocolate cakes for 8 cents each. It is not too heavy and good enough to make me have a food coma right now. Definitely a good spot for lunch.

Pros: Great service and good sandwiches

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I didn't like the food. It was too greasy. I told the server and he didn't even offer to have it remade. Lousy food and service that's not worth the price. I came here about three months ago and didn't have this problem. That's what I hate about restaurants that lack consistency.

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★☆☆☆☆

I didn't like the food. It was too greasy. I told the server and he didn't even offer to have it remade. Lousy food and service that's not worth the price. I came here about three months ago and didn't have this problem. That's what I hate about restaurants that lack consistency.

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Chosen because of a friend?s recommendation when looking for a restaurant close to the 37 Arts Theater. There were 5 of us on June 21st. A pizza was ordered as an appetizer. When it arrived it looked fine so everyone had at least a bite. No one wanted more than a bite or two. It tasted burnt. Not just a crispy taste, but burnt. When we told the waitress, she took it away, but said we should know that they grilled their pizzas and that if we didn?t like this one we shouldn?t order one in the future. She didn?t seem to consider that perhaps this one was burnt. Maybe some people like it to taste that way, but I?d be surprised. Anyone who liked the one we had would have to like burnt toast too. The rest of the meal was fine, but service though polite was decidedly cool after that.

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★★★☆☆

Chosen because of a friend?s recommendation when looking for a restaurant close to the 37 Arts Theater. There were 5 of us on June 21st. A pizza was ordered as an appetizer. When it arrived it looked fine so everyone had at least a bite. No one wanted more than a bite or two. It tasted burnt. Not just a crispy taste, but burnt. When we told the waitress, she took it away, but said we should know that they grilled their pizzas and that if we didn?t like this one we shouldn?t order one in the future. She didn?t seem to consider that perhaps this one was burnt. Maybe some people like it to taste that way, but I?d be surprised. Anyone who liked the one we had would have to like burnt toast too. The rest of the meal was fine, but service though polite was decidedly cool after that.

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This sounded great in the guide book. A local Italian virtually accross the road looked warm, lively and inviting, but as this had such a good review we stuck with Market Cafe. Everything started out well. We liked the converted butcher shop interior. However, it all started to go wrong very soon after this. The manager who seated us casually threw the menus at us. In retrospect at that point, we should have known and left to cross over the road. A sweet waiter came and took our order. Menu has a good choice of dishes and we started our meal with a good glass of wine. Our starters arrived and were good, but half way through the waiter came over and told us our main courses were ready and could he bring them ... or did we want to wait! Yes, indeed we did much to the obvious chagrin of the staff. As we finished our starters our main course arrived straight away. Its worth mentioning that this was last Saturday evening and it was only around 9pm at night, not 11pm approaching closing. Almost immediately on finishing, the plates were whipped away and Happy Larry the manager came to ask if we would like desserts. We said we werent sure and could we wait 5 mins, he huffed and then once again threw the dessert menu at us and walked away. They were equally as welcoming with the other tables of people in that night, and started cleaning ready for closing around us, again this was 10pm at the latest. At one point as another table sadly left Happy Larry loudly said "We can close at last!". Overall a very rude, cold and unfriendly experience. The food wasnt bad but was completely ruined by the bad and ungracious service. Out on the street at just after 10pm the Italian over the road still twinkled and like Little Matchgirls we watched the people laughing and having a glass of wine through the window. Give the Market cafe a miss. Im from London, im used to rudeness, but I dont know how this place survives. Walk over the road to the Italian, we wish we had!

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★★☆☆☆

This sounded great in the guide book. A local Italian virtually accross the road looked warm, lively and inviting, but as this had such a good review we stuck with Market Cafe. Everything started out well. We liked the converted butcher shop interior. However, it all started to go wrong very soon after this. The manager who seated us casually threw the menus at us. In retrospect at that point, we should have known and left to cross over the road. A sweet waiter came and took our order. Menu has a good choice of dishes and we started our meal with a good glass of wine. Our starters arrived and were good, but half way through the waiter came over and told us our main courses were ready and could he bring them ... or did we want to wait! Yes, indeed we did much to the obvious chagrin of the staff. As we finished our starters our main course arrived straight away. Its worth mentioning that this was last Saturday evening and it was only around 9pm at night, not 11pm approaching closing. Almost immediately on finishing, the plates were whipped away and Happy Larry the manager came to ask if we would like desserts. We said we werent sure and could we wait 5 mins, he huffed and then once again threw the dessert menu at us and walked away. They were equally as welcoming with the other tables of people in that night, and started cleaning ready for closing around us, again this was 10pm at the latest. At one point as another table sadly left Happy Larry loudly said "We can close at last!". Overall a very rude, cold and unfriendly experience. The food wasnt bad but was completely ruined by the bad and ungracious service. Out on the street at just after 10pm the Italian over the road still twinkled and like Little Matchgirls we watched the people laughing and having a glass of wine through the window. Give the Market cafe a miss. Im from London, im used to rudeness, but I dont know how this place survives. Walk over the road to the Italian, we wish we had!

Pros: Nice food

Cons: Terrrible, rude, rude and disrespectful staff and service.

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When I lived in the area I dined here frequently though I haven't been in a while. I recall the steak-frites being quite good as was a mussel appetizer.

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★★★★☆

When I lived in the area I dined here frequently though I haven't been in a while. I recall the steak-frites being quite good as was a mussel appetizer.

Pros: Good steak-frites

Cons: Small tables

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When you first walk in, it's crowded, dark and pretty run down. But the food is pretty fresh and creative. The price is also average for a diner.
I enjoyed what I got, and that's what counts. My friends liked what they got also.
It was crowded when I went around 6PM and but once you ordered your food, it was prompt and the service paid attention.

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★★★☆☆

When you first walk in, it's crowded, dark and pretty run down. But the food is pretty fresh and creative. The price is also average for a diner.
I enjoyed what I got, and that's what counts. My friends liked what they got also.
It was crowded when I went around 6PM and but once you ordered your food, it was prompt and the service paid attention.

Pros: Good food

Cons: Run down dingy restaurant

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The decor is a little rundown and while we were in the restaurant a loud clanging noise persisted for several minutes (pipes?). I didn't think dinner was all that cheap. We ordered 2 cheeseburgers with fries and 2 cokes. The bill came to $35.00 including tax. The cheeseburger was good but not sure it's worth that much.

1
★★★☆☆

The decor is a little rundown and while we were in the restaurant a loud clanging noise persisted for several minutes (pipes?). I didn't think dinner was all that cheap. We ordered 2 cheeseburgers with fries and 2 cokes. The bill came to $35.00 including tax. The cheeseburger was good but not sure it's worth that much.

Pros: Prompt seating

Cons: Not so cheap, Shabby interior, loud

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I have visited Market Caf numerous times and still keep going back. It has good prices and most things on the menu area under 10 dollars. They offer a wide selection of salads and even have a really great cheese bar. The waiters are always helpful and know just what to recommend. I tried the house wine and it was very appealing. If you are in the area I do recommend checking out this caf.

PROS: cheese bar, staff and low key atmosphere
CONS:

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★★★☆☆

I have visited Market Caf numerous times and still keep going back. It has good prices and most things on the menu area under 10 dollars. They offer a wide selection of salads and even have a really great cheese bar. The waiters are always helpful and know just what to recommend. I tried the house wine and it was very appealing. If you are in the area I do recommend checking out this caf.

PROS: cheese bar, staff and low key atmosphere
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My family and I just happened upon this restaurant when we were looking for a place to eat after the auto show. It's walking distance from Javits Center and we had a delicious lunch. The food was fresh, nicely presented and good portions. What really got me was the prices-v. inexpensive for the quality and considering how expensive it is to eat in Manhattan these days it was a treat!

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★★★★☆

My family and I just happened upon this restaurant when we were looking for a place to eat after the auto show. It's walking distance from Javits Center and we had a delicious lunch. The food was fresh, nicely presented and good portions. What really got me was the prices-v. inexpensive for the quality and considering how expensive it is to eat in Manhattan these days it was a treat!

Pros: Inexpensive, Food

Cons: Loud, Decor

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My boyfriend and I were going to an off-broadway show in the area and a friend recommended Market cafe for pre-theater meal. Now I can't wait to back! Though not top decor, it has a hip vibe, cool music and the food is outstanding. We started with cocktails-a superb margarita (served in a brandy snifter!) and a yummy Apple Martini. We split a scallop appetizer that was de-lish. Next we had a steak frites and a salmon that were both first-rate. We finished w/chocolate cake and I almost fell off my chair when the waiter brought it over, it was the biggest piece of cake I've ever seen. I almost fell off my chair again, when the waiter brought the bill and it was under $60 for all of that! What a find, we'll definitely be back.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I were going to an off-broadway show in the area and a friend recommended Market cafe for pre-theater meal. Now I can't wait to back! Though not top decor, it has a hip vibe, cool music and the food is outstanding. We started with cocktails-a superb margarita (served in a brandy snifter!) and a yummy Apple Martini. We split a scallop appetizer that was de-lish. Next we had a steak frites and a salmon that were both first-rate. We finished w/chocolate cake and I almost fell off my chair when the waiter brought it over, it was the biggest piece of cake I've ever seen. I almost fell off my chair again, when the waiter brought the bill and it was under $60 for all of that! What a find, we'll definitely be back.

Pros: Inexpensive, Cool Vibe

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The scallops and cod were delicious. They burnt the bruschetta. Most of our meal was really great, until the very, very end. It was a few minutes before Midnight, and there were three tables leftperhaps 10 to 15 people all together. All had paid their bills. We were all leaving in a matter of moments, when a waiter came up to each table and said "We are waiting for you." All the customers were kind of stunned. We even joked to each other, wondering where the waiter wanted us to go with him. My table instantly wished we'd given less of a tip. Everyone walked out promptly into the cold, rainy night. They definitely lost 10-15 customers last night.

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★☆☆☆☆

The scallops and cod were delicious. They burnt the bruschetta. Most of our meal was really great, until the very, very end. It was a few minutes before Midnight, and there were three tables leftperhaps 10 to 15 people all together. All had paid their bills. We were all leaving in a matter of moments, when a waiter came up to each table and said "We are waiting for you." All the customers were kind of stunned. We even joked to each other, wondering where the waiter wanted us to go with him. My table instantly wished we'd given less of a tip. Everyone walked out promptly into the cold, rainy night. They definitely lost 10-15 customers last night.

Cons: , waitstaff, waitstaff

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This spot is perfect for pre-theatre, if you're looking to save some $$$ but want a great meal, and your theatre's in the lower 40's. (it would be a bit of a hike to the Neil Simon, for example.) Delicious skirt steak, but be sure to listen for the specials; they're often marvelous surprises at unbeatable prices. I had a DELICIOUS saddle of rabbit over mashed potatoes; I still remember how good it tasted. Cupcake Cafe down the street for a quick dessert!

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★★★★★

This spot is perfect for pre-theatre, if you're looking to save some $$$ but want a great meal, and your theatre's in the lower 40's. (it would be a bit of a hike to the Neil Simon, for example.) Delicious skirt steak, but be sure to listen for the specials; they're often marvelous surprises at unbeatable prices. I had a DELICIOUS saddle of rabbit over mashed potatoes; I still remember how good it tasted. Cupcake Cafe down the street for a quick dessert!

Pros: affordable, great food

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the food here is spectacular but most of the waiters have serious attitude problems. Be prepared to wait a long time for a person to seat you while there are many tables free and you aren't allowed to seat yourself and the occassional terrible service.

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★★★☆☆

the food here is spectacular but most of the waiters have serious attitude problems. Be prepared to wait a long time for a person to seat you while there are many tables free and you aren't allowed to seat yourself and the occassional terrible service.

Pros: great food

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This place is a life-saver. Helpful and cheery service, tasty and fresh food, amazing amazing fries, and not to costly. They'll end up naming a booth for me, I go so often.

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★★★★★

This place is a life-saver. Helpful and cheery service, tasty and fresh food, amazing amazing fries, and not to costly. They'll end up naming a booth for me, I go so often.

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Best place to eat near the Jarvits Center. Food was absolutely fantastic and the service is friendly and prompt. No matter how busy, your food always comes out on time and fresh. Recommend the Cod Cake and Smoke Chicken Salad w Endive.

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★★★★★

Best place to eat near the Jarvits Center. Food was absolutely fantastic and the service is friendly and prompt. No matter how busy, your food always comes out on time and fresh. Recommend the Cod Cake and Smoke Chicken Salad w Endive.

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eureka! this place is nyc's hidden jewel!! Fantastic food and very well thought out wine list. Zagats,NY Times ,wake up, this place is a must for any serious food lover. and what a bargain!

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★★★★★

eureka! this place is nyc's hidden jewel!! Fantastic food and very well thought out wine list. Zagats,NY Times ,wake up, this place is a must for any serious food lover. and what a bargain!

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One of the absolute best Eggs Benedict for Sunday Brunch that I have ever had.
During the week the rest of the food is just as amazing with such reasonable prizes.
It is my favorite restaurant in the area.
It gets very busy at times so there might be a wait

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★★★★★

One of the absolute best Eggs Benedict for Sunday Brunch that I have ever had.
During the week the rest of the food is just as amazing with such reasonable prizes.
It is my favorite restaurant in the area.
It gets very busy at times so there might be a wait

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Great food & atmosphere with simple but charming decor. Also surprisingly inexpensive with generous portions.

2
★★★★★

Great food & atmosphere with simple but charming decor. Also surprisingly inexpensive with generous portions.

Pros: Spacious, Unpretentious, Good value

Cons: Closes too early

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this is one of my favorite places to go in NYC. the food is always amazing and never fails to leave me dreaming about the next time. the rigatoni with chicken is bursting with flavor and the farfalle with sausage is always a winner. it's a great cozy and fun neighborhood joint so let's keep it a secret!!

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★★★★★

this is one of my favorite places to go in NYC. the food is always amazing and never fails to leave me dreaming about the next time. the rigatoni with chicken is bursting with flavor and the farfalle with sausage is always a winner. it's a great cozy and fun neighborhood joint so let's keep it a secret!!

Pros: great food, friendly staff, board games and books

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Market cafe is a quintessential budget bistro in an area with few stylish choices. Chrome-rimmed barstools line the white-tile bar, vinyl booths sequester hip West Siders, and nothing on the menu is over $15, including the steak frites.…

 

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