November 12, 2017 New York USA Americas

The Coffee Shop Union Square: Too Chaotic For Breakfast
Non-smokers friendly


Welcoming: 2/5

Food Temperature: 6/10

Ambiance / Music: 3.5/10

Menu Choice: 2/5

Food Taste: 18/30

Architecture / Interior: 1/10

Food presentation: 6/10

Service: 7/10

Value for money: 7/10

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As simple as the name suggests, The Coffee Shop is an old restaurant in the heart of Union Square New York that's been open for breakfast, lunch and dinner for as long as the city can remember. You can have a look at the busy neighborhood on all sides from within but not the opposite. A traditional setup, dimmed yellow lights, an open kitchen, a bar with several tables and booths filling the space, they can fit between two and six guests.


Not the most complete of menus, a couple choices of eggs, the signature sandwiches, French toast, and pancakes. I was craving more complicated things like eggs Benedict or chocolate pancakes but these are not available. The restaurant goes more into “all day same food” where French fries are served in the morning and the wine list distributed as of eight.

Thirty minutes passed...then scrambled eggs with more mushrooms than the brain can handle. Warm eggs, not hot enough for a morning treat and stuffed with sautéed mushrooms. A bit dry though! The plate comes with cold potatoes on the side and cold toasted rye bread.

The hangover sandwich is more bread than content, cold bread in fact with only enough filling for two bites. It has a good taste if only it were served hot! Disappointing...


Welcoming and happy staff but unfortunately more people than the kitchen can handle which makes the service slow and the food ends up being served cold. 

Pay attention: you can’t call anyone other than your server, they don’t help each other. Ladies, half a dozen of them, long hair dangling from all sides, I was relieved no hair was found on my plate.

The pancakes made all the difference! Amazingly fluffy pancakes served hot! Loved them. Would have preferred if they offered more refined versions with blueberries or chocolate chips.


Too dark for the start of the day, too noisy, too crowded... I’m not coming back here anytime soon.





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