The Little Cafe That Could

backroom1On a lovely Sunday afternoon strolling in the Village, my stomach started growling and knew that it was time to eat. There isn’t a shortage of restaurants to choose from in this eclectic neighborhood. The question is…”Can it be good and cheap”? The answer is yes.

I walked past the Cornelia Street Cafe  and decided to try it. What drew me in was the rustic setting, the outdoor tables and the menu. This cafe has been around since the 70’s, so it must be good.

As soon as I sat down, I was greeted with glass of water, smile and a menu. All across the menu were accolades on  how good  the food is. I’ll be the judge of that. I was still in the mood for breakfast but didn’t want to eat to much because I was heading to the gym in a couple of hours. So I ordered the Farmer’s Plate – scrambled eggs over mesculin greens with roasted potatoes and a decaf cappuccino.

My order arrived quickly and was piping hot. For something so simple, it was pretty tasty. I savored every bite with no guilt because I was getting my protein and greens. I looked around the room and the mix of customers were as eclectic as the neighborhood. Young couples, single diners reading the paper and a Mom with the cutest little boy.

I have to say, the food lived up to it’s reviews. I’m told their desserts are killer, but I resisted the tempation. What’s also cool about this spot is that downstairs is a cabaret. It features poetry readings, live jazz, art exhibits and readings. The cover charge is never more than $12 and sometimes that includes a drink. What a deal! Dinner and a show!

This restaurant was opened by 3 artists who wanted to combine food and art. How cool!!!!  If you’re down in this area, you must check it out. Your belly will be glad you did.


Happiness, $25 and under.

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About The Author

A fierce love of food and twin careers in real estate and fashion taught Rose to look for the hottest item and the hottest deal. Perfect attributes for creating When friends and clients needed a great meal at a great price, she could rattle off restaurant names the way a sports nut ticks off batting averages—but with a lot more home runs. Now it’s all at Cheapeats, where you’ll find “Happiness, $25 and under.”


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