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Cafe 2

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9 W 53rd St, New York City, NY 10019-5401
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11:00 - 17:00
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Fri 11:00 - 19:30
Sat - Thu 11:00 - 17:00
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Deerfield Beach, Florida
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 May 2016

Great spot to rest your legs and fill your tummy while at MOMA. The Cafe on the 2 nd floor is designed to serve a large volume of guests fast, with deliciously well prepared healthy food, and service is 1 st class .

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Thank 25Anca
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220 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2015 via mobile

Cafe 2 is definitely a standard above average cafes, with its interesting menu and innovative quisine. Our meals were very good and our 2 teenage sons were happy with their choices of pasts and meatballs. The table and seating arrangement was too tight and the cafe quite noisey (to be fair the latter is hard to avoid at this time... More 

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Thank Gavin H
Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
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73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2015

The Picasso exhibit is so vast and so exciting that to stop and eat between rooms is wasteful. The service is fast, prices, reasonable, and room comfortable.

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Thank Walter R
San Diego, California
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2015

On limited time, my daughter and I went to MOMA, planning to just at least enter the museum shop. But the lady at check-out convinced me to buy a membership (since I would save $50) and go to Café 2 for lunch, which you need to enter through the museum to get into. Very Glad for her suggestions! The tables... More 

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Thank ahdenton
Toronto, Canada
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1,409 reviews
789 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 837 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2013

I liked my lentil soup and mushroom quiche with salad. My wife liked her beets with feta and quiche.The way Cafe 2 is organized is exemplary: service is fast and friendly. The restaurant on the ground floor is better but also a lot more expensive.

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Thank operalover939
London, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2013

A perfect place to have lunch when visiting the MOMA. We came here after not being able to find a place for lunch which didn't require a long wait for a table. Our expectations were not high, but wow were we surprised. We had a really super lunch. The food is cafe bistro modern Italian and really good. We didn't... More 

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1 Thank Desi S
Auckland
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97 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2013

Four lunches in seven days - this place became my mid-town chill-out spot when it just got too crowded and hot outside. The food is consistently good and the service usually OK - although things were a bit slow on one day. The cafe has mostly long table with a few benches at the windows with a street view. There... More 

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3 Thank RothesayFamily0630
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2013 via mobile

I though I would have lunch here after the nice reviews - 215pm shouldn't be too busy. Nope - 20 min queue and 20 mins for lunch. Food is average and prices a couple of bucks more. Have a look at my photo to see how busy it is on a Monday afternoon. Have lunch outside and u will thank... More 

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2 Thank 6784_dog
Wappingers Falls, New York
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2013

The 2 in the name indicates that the café is on the second floor. There is often a line to get a seat. If you go early on the lunch period you may not have to wait. The menu is available at the entrance, or it will be given to you not later than just before you are seated. The... More 

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1 Thank SquareG
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2013

My son and I were visiting the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and wanted a quick lunch before we began our "art tour". How handy, Café 2 right inside the museum. The menu was varied and interesting; the food was delivered in a timely manner with a smile; the wait-staff were cheerful and efficient; AND - oh, yes... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Italian, Cafe
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 17:00
Monday
11:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 17:00
Thursday
11:00 - 17:00
Friday
11:00 - 19:30
Saturday
11:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 W 53rd St, New York City, NY 10019-5401
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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