Cafeteria

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So, I’ve lived in NYC for 8 years now, and one of the most magical things about living in NYC, is the 24-hour dining experience. Yeah, that’s where my standards are at. When I moved here, I was quickly introduced to Cafeteria in Chelsea. I’ve been going for years and always have a great experience.

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For the past 15 years, they’ve been serving American comfort food with a modern twist. And yes, of course, morning through night, through morning again. Unlike your typical 24-hour diner, this restaurant is anything but drab and boring.

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I’ve had a number of things here before, but this time around I ordered their Veggie Burger (Spicy Cucumber Yogurt, Garden Slaw, Multigrain Brioche Bun, Hand Cut Fries). I’ve had some crappy veggie burgers (many of you probably think that veggie burgers are crappy enough on their own), but I really liked theirs. First off, you can taste the difference pieces and components that go into the burger as opposed to some mystery patty. It has a softer texture to it and really nice flavor. There’s some creaminess and crunch added on top from the slaw, and the multigrain bun is soft and pillowy. Can’t forget about the fries either, they’re deliciously seasoned with the perfect combo of crispness on the outside and soft potato center. 

The Shorts:
Name: Cafeteria 
Location: 119 Seventh Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Well, after 8 year, if I stopped now, that would be weird. 
Would I recommend it? Yup. And the best part is, you can go…whenever you want. 

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Cafe Luluc

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If you’re looking for brunch in a low-key, cafe and bistro environment with a bit of a diner flare, search no further than Cafe Luluc in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

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They have a patio in the back, open now for spring, that I’d recommend sitting in. The restaurant is cash only, but everything here is so affordably priced, that even getting a $20 from the ATM ($40 to be safe with plenty of change) will do you just fine. 

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I started off with a Bloody Mary. I really liked their’s, it was spicy, but not overwhelming, and a little bit sweet. Oh, and it’s only $6, so, yeah. 

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For my meal, I ordered Scrambled Eggs (with smoked salmon and scallions) served with French fries and field greens. While this isn’t necessarily a fancy dish, everything here was really great. Seasoning was on point, and everything was cooked wonderfully. 

The Shorts:
Name: Cafe Luluc
Location: 214 Smith Street, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. They have a really laid back vibe, good service, and tasty food. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, a great spot to grab a good meal that’s good on your wallet.