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150 West 17th St., inside the Rubin Museum of Art; on Friday, becomes K2 Lounge, New York City, NY 10011
+1 212-620-5000
11:00 - 17:00
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Mon 11:00 - 17:00
Wed 11:00 - 19:00
Thu 11:00 - 17:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 18:00
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New York City, New York
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169 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016

This small cafe is not only pleasing to the pallet but pleasing visually as well. It is an open area on the ground floor where one places ones order at the counter and then sits and waits for someone to bring your delicious food. The choices are limited BUT the menu is fun, filled with small and larger Indian dishes... More 

Thank jbgshrink
New York City, New York
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1,730 reviews
911 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 872 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

The Rubin is one of the great museums of New York City, and this small cafe has superb service, excellent cleanliness, and very good food. The menu is a bit limited, but one of the Oriental virtues is to learn to be happy with whatever life brings. Here it brings deliciousness in serene surroundings. We loved taking a break here... More 

Thank robcurtross
Paris, France
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131 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

If you are tramping around the West Side near 14th and you just need a break, stop into the Rubin Museum's Cafe Serai. Zen is appropriate in more ways than one in this Asian space. The decor is simple and warm--yet cool at the same time. The scent of curries wafts through the air as the patrons calmly sip their... More 

Thank PouletteParis
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114 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

The Cafe at the Rubin is so in keeping with the tempo and serenity of the Museum that one simply glides into place and lets the good aromas and vibes wash over you. Today, I tried their wheatberry salad, nan bread and coconut chicken curry soup. Delish. Others in my party tried the Frankies, Momas and Shirkhands (strained yogurt) and... More 

Thank phyllisweb1
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

Been to Cafe Serai a few times and even hosted a business event here. It's a great space with great atmosphere. There's a mix of low tables and hi-tops. You order at the counter bar and one of the workers will bring you your food/drink. Service takes slightly longer than normal I think because there's always a crowd from the... More 

Thank boatboat
Syracuse, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2014 via mobile

Best mocha latte I've ever had. Order tea by the pot from a menu of teas. Food Menu matches theme of museum dedicated to Buddhist art from India Tibet Pakistan..... Place order at counter then take a table. You can eat in cafe without entering museum. See rubinmuseum.org

Thank scotpond
New York, New York, United States
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129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2014

Walk up to the counter and place your order, take a seat and in 5 minutes your meal is delivered to you. Wonderful food. Chicken Tikka Marsala was superb, As was the Chicken Frankie an Indian wrap of delisiousness. Chick Peas and the Beet salads were excellent. Service good and friendly. Food Divine.

Thank JoeP2794

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Restaurant Details

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Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 150 West 17th St., inside the Rubin Museum of Art; on Friday, becomes K2 Lounge, New York City, NY 10011
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Chelsea
  • Neighbourhood: Chelsea
  • Phone Number: +1 212-620-5000

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