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“Classic diner”
Review of Nectar Cafe

Nectar Cafe
Ranked #3,335 of 13,639 Restaurants in New York City
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Diner
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Good for: Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Classic diner”
Reviewed 6 April 2014

We called in here for brunch after a morning at the Guggenheim. As other reviews have noted the place is very small and a bit pricey (but what do you expect on Madison Avenue?} The service is fast and no-nonsense but everyone was very friendly and the eggs benedict were delicious. We wanted a classic New York diner experience and this place delivered in spades. I would've given it a 5 rating if the prices had been a tad more reasonable.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Kate S
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New York City, New York
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“Great place”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

Let me set the scene.

My wife and I are out walking our daughter in her stroller. She just woke up after a walk in the park. The temperature plummeted from nearly 50 to close to 30. We had a function to attend on the East Side in two hours and thought it would be a good time to grab some lunch and get the baby out of her stroller for a few minutes before we continued on.

As the wind was whipping us, my wife ducked into Nectar to see if they could accommodate us. Though small, the staff bent over backwards to help us stow a stroller and make us comfortable. Perhaps because we aren't the types to expect the world to shift to accommodate our kid, the other patrons were also very welcoming and hospitable despite the cramped quarters.

Anyway, we just wanted something light since we had to attend a lunch after our upcoming function. So we split a Caesar salad. In a city where a $13 salad can mean either big or (small and) pretty, I was pleased to see it was the former. We also ordered a plate of grilled pita to help warm us up.

This was a very good salad. Many restaurants cheat on Caesar salads by going the route of bottled dressing. However. From the first bite you could tell this was done the right way. Just a subtle hint of anchovy let you know that this wasn't a place that decided to smother your lettuce in ranch dressing and Parmesan and hope you didn't know the difference.

We finished eating and were ready for the check just two minutes before a large crowd came in looking to get a table. Though the staff looked a bit concerned for a moment, they didn't make an effort to rush us out. But, we weren't there to linger and we had claimed entirely more real estate than we were entitled to because of the stroller. So, we assured them that we were in our way out. Staff was happy. New customers were happy. And we left satisfied. Were this our neighborhood I can see myself popping in more frequently for a Sunday breakfast. Though small (also, no restroom) it was bright and airy and the layout utilized every square inch without making you feel packed inside.

In a world where restaurants feel they need to either be "kid-friendly" or "enemy of the children" it's nice that there are still places occupying the less extreme middle ground. Our daughter sat quietly and took it all in. So if you bring kids, try to only bring those who are well behaved. We don't want to drive these middle-ground restaurants to the extreme.

But if you are leaving the park and want a place for a quick meal with a friendly atmosphere, consider cafe nectar and others like it. They are a dying breed and they are willing to work for your patronage. And that is worth more than the awesome salad within.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Tim O
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New York City, New York
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“Reliable diner”
Reviewed 11 March 2014 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

We go to this diner for early lunch or brunch. It gets crowded and noisy but its friendly and the BLT's, salads and omelets are reliably good and prices reasonable. For its age and the crowds and type of place it is, it is surprisingly clean (we won't eat anywhere without the A on the door).

Visited February 2014
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Oak Park, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2014

It was one block from the Met on Madison. Great greek soup and one of the best baklava I have had. Service was excellent and a great NYC atmosphere. Go and enjoy!

Visited February 2014
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“Decent Breakfast Choice”
Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

There is nothing fancy about Nectar, but for a bagel or blintzes, it is a good choice. Prices are a bit high, though.

Visited December 2013
Thank Mark P
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