Cupping Room Cafe

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$30 and under
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Comfort Food

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Sunday Lunch
The Cupping Room Café was established in 1977. It was originally a wholesale coffee establishment. Different blends of coffee were brewed and tasted by perspective customers. This act of blending and tasting different coffees is called cupping - hence the name The Cupping Room. The coffee tasting went so well that the owners decided to change the name from The Coffee Connection to The Cupping Room Café. They also decided to open the back of the store and sell coffee and pie to the local artists. The building hosting The Cupping Room is a landmark building. It was the first "tall" building in SoHo and is more than 100 years old. The high tin ceilings, hard wood floors, pot-belly stove and exposed brick walls are all part of the original setting. The Cupping Room was a home for artists and locals. Today it is still a neighborhood place where you can see the locals and the famous come together in our homey environment.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been here on many occasions, and the staff never disappoints. This is truly one of my favorite places to go all throughout NYC.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

A solid brunch spot in SoHo. The food is very good- tried and tested classics like pancakes, eggs Benedict, and omelettes. Very cool ambiance though the front door can be hard to find (doors in both broadway and broome).

B
New York Area
839 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The food and beverages (coffee and tea) are always good. The service can be spotty but this time it was excellent. Still our favorite breakfast/brunch restaurant in NYC.

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Her good food and service

GB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely Christmas breakfast- the vibe was relaxing and the pancakes, waffles, hot chocolate and French toast were amazing, including gluten free waffles. The fruit was fresh and the entire experience was fantastic, thank you.

SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and service!

CD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service! Very friendly staff and accommodated our large group with kids special requests.

j
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We always love returning to the Cupping Room. Good food in a great location, with a friendly and casual vibe. Love it for brunch.

NY
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4Food2Service3Ambience4

A place we have been many times and always enjoy. Not sure what the deal was but my omelette was almost uneatable. They need to ramp up food quality a bit. Dynamic place. lots of energy, we'll give it another go.

EP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

FANTASTIC....until they tried to "shoo" us out!! hmmm. We spent a lot and they said "we need the table". Been going there for years. Sorry they wanted us out. I LOVE IT THERE but not sure now if we are going back.

BG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Cupping Room is a consistently good restaurant that I visit whenever I go to NYC. Great food plus live jazz trio entertainment and beautiful holiday decorations made for a wonderful Saturday night experience. Only disappointment was the lack of ginger syrup so we could not have Dark and Stormy, or Moscow Mule classic cocktails. The Natalie cocktail I substituted was delicious! I will be back.

MB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience3

I love this place. The food is excellent. We had an awful waitress. We had to ask numerous times to get water and coffee and she kept on forgetting to bring it.

SB
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Love going to the Cupping Room for brunch. Always a delightful experience -- this time we decided to try it our for Friday night dinner. We were pleasantly surprised to see there was a live band and dancing. Food was delicious -- at our table we got the salmon, steak strips and fried chicken sandwich (so, so tasty). We also got the coconut shrimp as an app, but probably wouldn't order again.

L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I have always loved this place! I came back after 15 years and it is just as charming. The food was good the service was great and the ambience was so inviting.

CM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great hidden, holiday spot. 4 course menu ( with plenty of non traditional choices) $60. Food and service are top notch. I’ve been coming for Thanksgiving for well over 10 years now and I’m already excited for next year!

TT
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

I had the vegetarian thanks giving meal and I was so disappointed. The main dish was tortellini whole-wheat pasta with butternut squash inside dry with no sauce ,no herbs just the pasta pieces and nothing else. I would never dream of serving this to my guests I would be to embarrassed. I told them at the time I wasn’t happy- the bill was expensive yet the meal took pennies to make and they never offered a penny discount. The carrot cake was bought in the pears salad was a bunch of rocket(arigula ) 3 slices of sliced pear dollops of Brie’s no dressing They basically took the money and nodded back blankly I.e. the equivalent of I asked you how it was & I don’t really care about the answer. Felt a bit robbed to tell you the truth their normal menu is probably nicer. Wish I had of had it. The chef??? No imagination

B
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We have visited on previous trips and had a lovely brunch but were really disappointed having just visited. The food was poor. Tough bacon and overcooked eggs. The waiter was very surly to add to the poor experience. Such a shame. Won’t be returning.

OT
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Good food, prices are a little steep for the portion sizes..I had their special eggs Benedict and my smoked salmon portion was tiny. Service was lackluster. Our drinks came after our food was delivered..disappointing.

HG
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Everything was great except we couldn't get pancakes, because they ran out of maple syrup!

BM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great brunch spot in Soho. Service was very good. Food was very good with many yummy options to choose from.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Loud, terrible service, pretty bad food. Sat right next to a band...

BD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was fantastic and we loved the historic feel of the restaurant.

AK
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Good breakfast/brunch. I would come here again and would recommend to others.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The food was ok. What I did not appreciate is when I left from the front i noticed that they had a C rating from the board of health. They did not post it on the west broadway side. The C rating this as from August. I certainly will not return until they get an A rating.

OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was great

E
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food!! Good service. But it's noisy. Don't plan to carry on a conversation.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very load so I hope they can find a way to help with sound issues but food, service and atmosphere were great!

P
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

It worked out very well for our together, central location, easy dining room, food was very good & sound level not high.

W
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food orders were not all correct but fixed, lively atmosphere

L
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Cupping Room Cafe for Sunday Brunch is a lively experience! Be prepared to speak with a raised voice. The food is very good & staff is attentive & friendly. Recommended!

GR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. It’s got an old New York vibe. And it’s totally dependable. Great every time.

KC
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had an awesome waiter and more than enough food. The coffee was excellent and everyone was very good about helping me with my allergies! Recommend!

D
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was super helpful. We were seated quickly. No one rushed us and we had a great time. The food was excellent.

AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

It's an incredibly noisy place, to the point where we had to lean far across the table to talk. To make it harder, the tables are close together. But the food was terrific and very plentiful. The service was great. So long as you don't mind shouting it's not a bad place to eat.

DS
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Glad to finally visit
Will definitely return and see what it's like at different times of day.

D
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

Full of tourists
Very noisy
Cold cappuccino with no foam
Horrible dried chicken sausage
Burnt pancakes and very dry
Eggs were ok
Home fries were good

n
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

They called to confirm and said are you sure you are coming and will you definitely be here at your reservation time because we don’t want to set the table unless you are definitely coming. We confirmed Yes and they said ok but everyone in your party needs to be here . Okay- we planned to be. We get there and the server did not understand us. Omelette came without toast that was ordered with it, salad came without avocado, sandwich had no ham, kids hated their grilled cheese which is nearly impossible. It was not toasted on the bread with butter or oil in pan. It was dry. Eggs Benedict was overcooked like it was hard boiled. Drinks never came! When we asked server bar tender had to ask what the drinks were. We said they are actually drinks that on the menu. Were told they were short all bartenders. It was awful service and food and drink.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Haven’t been here in a long time and it was still as good as I remembered. Great for breakfast.

SS
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Multiple aspects of our order were messed up, things came out slowly, and the waitress seemed to want to avoid us rather than rectify the mistakes. I will say my food was good (chocolate chip pancakes and chicken sausage) though my friends were less impressed.

G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

What a find! A fabulous place for Brunch with a great wait staff. Food was excellent and many options for Vegans and GF eaters. Highly recommendable!