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  • Cuisine
    Cafe, American, European, Contemporary, Burgers
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Hours
    Sun-Sat 10:00 AM - 10:45 PM
  • Cuisine
    Cafe, American, European, Contemporary, Burgers
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Alcohol
  • Parking
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  • Takeout
  • Reservations
  • Catering
  • Good For Groups
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From Our Editors

Most restaurants send patrons home with leftovers, but how many can offer an award-winning compilation CD of songs performed in their café? The Cornelia Street Café, founded in 1977 by three Greenwich Village artists, has clocked 30 years of hosting internationally renowned musicians, poets, and theater acts. Among those who got their start here are singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega and the hit show the Vagina Monologues. The café continues to be a hot spot for celebrated artists, as evidenced by its inclusion in DownBeat magazine’s 100 Great Jazz Clubs of the World. On any given night, you may find Dr. Oliver Sacks reading his work, or members of Monty Python and the Royal Shakespeare Company performing for the crowd. With roughly 700 shows a year, The Cornelia Street Café had no trouble amassing material for Cornelia Street: The Songwriters Exchange, which was released in 1980 by Stash Records. The performances on stage aren’t the only art garnering attention, though. Zagat, the New York Times, and even former Mayor Ed Koch have all heaped praise on The Cornelia Street Café for what the mayor called “gastronomic nourishment.” Executive Chef Dan Latham has pieced together a menu of hearty delicacies such as Hudson Valley duck magret, lobster ravioli, and black-sesame-crusted salmon. The restaurant features a dining room with rotating art exhibits and a sidewalk café, where guests can sip a craft beer or a spiced-pumpkin hot-buttered-rum cocktail.

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