David's Cafe

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221 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Cosy
FRENCHY DOES AMERICAN.
BURGER BASH CHAMPIONS For 2016! #NYCWFF, David’s Café, in the heart of the East Village, serves French-American food in a casual environment. Opened by Chef David Malbequi (Les Enfants de Bohème, BLT, Alum of Daniel Boulud), Daniel Rivera (Crooked Tree, Les Enfants de Bohème), the restaurant is designed to be a comforting way-post/eatery for neighbors and visitors alike.

Hours: Lunch 11-3.30pm M-F Brunch sat/sun: 11am-3.30pm
Petit Menu: 3.30pm-5pm
Dinner 7 Days a Week 5pm-11pm

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What 221 People Are Saying
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OT
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

It was fine, but given the positive reviews I was expecting more. I would happily go there again but with adjusted expectations.

SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an absolutely perfect brunch! The staff were so understanding and accommodating when I called to tell them we were going to be 15 minutes late and would need a couple of extra seats. The food and drinks were delicious and our waitress was very attentive. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for brunch in Manhattan.

A
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't stop, won't stop eating at David's! Tasty food and great hospitality from Ernesto and Damien. Thank you!

A
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice bustling cafe, great for casual dinners. Very generous portions. The burger was really juicy; and the mushroom risotto and the pork chop are hearty meals if you're hungry. The fish and chips is another good menu pick. Attentive service.

j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

They put our party of 3 at a table barely big enough for 2. The food did not fit on table and we were on top of each other . We did have reservations ... then they brought out food and gave us wrong omelettes. Just an OK place with no ambiance and too crowded . Food was fine

ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a lovely brunch with my friend. Service was quick, food was delicious. The crab eggs Benedict were dynamite. Highly recommend.

S
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

This was honestly such a miss. I’ve heard such good things about thing place but the terrible service we had, coupled by how rude the bartender was ruined our meal and evening. The food is pretty good but there are too many places within a 4 block radius you can dine at, with same food quality and exceptional service. I won’t be going back.

PE
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

A very casual neighborhood place with good food. Not an extensive menu but something for everyone. American with French accents.

EV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

David's has become a neighborhood classic. Always has great food especially the Burger & Croque Madame and a very nice atmosphere. Love that you can make a brunch reservation!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

A
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new Salmon dish was to die for, cooked to perfection, savory and flavorful!

L
Dusseldorf Area
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Made a reservation for 3 for 11am. We arrived on time, all of us had an entree and at least 2 drinks. We had not even finished our coffee, when the waiter asked us to leave at 11.55 because their reservation is waiting outside.

ZF
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

David’s cafe has a terrific ambiance, wonderful food, great prices, and not overly crowded can’t recommend enough.

ES
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, people watching, food and service! Loved every minute of the experience. A perfect place for a relaxing summer brunch - light, sunny, fun and with great drinks on tap. The burger was outstanding, as was everything else our table ordered. The manager was sweet and beyond accommodating, even during a very busy hour. We live in the neighborhood and will definitely be back!

BM
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food. Not over priced. Favorite place for special dinner, or to take friends from out of town.

KR
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is so cute and quaint! Has an indoor outdoor feel. The menu isn't that large, but the food is very good. They were also very accommodating when we had to move back our reservation by 1-hour. Highly recommend!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, good food & great value for lunch special!

A
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This place is one of my son's favorite brunch place (He lives nearby). I understand why. Food is good, prices are reasonable, service is satisfactory, although one can see that they look exhausted from being really busy. Maybe one or more servers needed on peak hours?

b
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

we waited a half hour for our table despite an Open Table reservation food was ok, but nothing special especially considering the prices

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They said they didn’t have our reservation, which was strange since the app confirmed it. Food was good, service was decent.

PR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I went here with friends. It's a hidden gem in the East Village.

TG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Punches way above its weight! Everyone else was French when we were there for an early dinner and it was easy to see why.Food and service terrific. We could have been in any town in France although the choice of spices would make it likely in the Langedoc.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was incredibly slow. Brought out our sides as appetizers instead of as sides. Failed to take into account an allergy which left person without their food for about 30 minutes after the rest of the group.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Brunch is so good! There are so many options and it’s all delicious

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The hostess/waitress with the injured hand was BEYOND annoying and rude. I can’t even explain the amount of eye rolls and looks she gave us because she was doing her job. If she’s reading this, maybe try a different occupation.

JS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Price was reasonable. Restaurant was busy but noise level still allowed for conversation without shouting. Will return.

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a delicious burger. Love the double stack !! Thanks :)

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Great atmosphere! We were seated right away with our reservation!

OT
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food, but not worth the pretentious service. They won’t substitute cheese type on their sausage egg and cheese.

MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food mediocre but nice atmosphere and friendly staff.

NM
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

This place was very cute but VERY crowded. I made a reservation for 1:30 and we weren't seated until 2:00. Why even offer reservations if you're not going to hold tables for people that actually took the time to make them?! On top of that, the table for the 4 of us should probably only seat 2 in practice. It was cramped and uncomfortable.

TH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect little cafe for a lunch catch up with a friend. Delicious poached eggs and crispy bacon!

KE
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burger was as good and as juicy as the hype. Adorable, buzzy cafe with servers bringing out plate after plate of delicious looking dishes. Can’t wait to try more.

NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We arrived on time for our reservation but were told there was a wait because previous reservations had arrived late and pushed everything back. Not sure why the late-arriving diners were seated tbh because there was a huge crowd waiting at the door. We were seated after 30 min wait and service was functional but not pleasant or welcoming. Drinks were literally dropped to the table (and splashed a little). Maybe our server was a bit surly or they were understaffed but it definitely felt like a no-frills diner experience. Food was good, not outstanding. Seems like a decent place for grub but not worth the wait or poor service in my opinion.

AT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! If you’re looking for a nice but still casual brunch, perfect spot.

SH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food at David’s is excellent! Love the space and the atmosphere. The only thing that could be improved was the check in experience - we had to wait 10 minutes to get to the front to get our reservation/table. The staff could’ve been more attentive in this aspect.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked David’s Cafe to celebrate my birthday with a lovely brunch! The atmosphere and low-key vibe of the restaurant is what stood out to me along with the delicious menu options. It was a cozy environment for a party of 8. The food was spectacular! I ordered their well known burger and will definitely be heading back for more. All in all wonderful brunching experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I made a mistake and was 30 minutes late for our brunch reservation, but no one made a big deal about it and we were seated right away. The food was excellent - my omelet was way more flavorful than most and the home fries were the best I’ve had in a while. We got charged for two bloody marys that we never ordered, but the error was fixed with no trouble. We’ll definitely go back!

RZ
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific food and service. Great specials. Can't say enough about the food.

LF
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We snuck into David’s for a quick bite before going to The Public Theater. The pork was moist and tasty and just this side of too pink. Served over mashed potatoes with a taste of wine gravy.

We would come back without hesitation.

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