WHAT CHRIS COLFER EATS IN A WEEK

GRUB STREET

Glee star Chris Colfer opens up about one of his favorite places to sit down and grab a quick bite…

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JANUARY 2012

WWD

Cafeteria, the 24-7 hipster diner in Chelsea, has been making fashion statements along with tasty late-night meals since it opened its doors in 1998. Now, as it counts to its 15th anniversary and unveils its new PDR (private dining room), it’s taken a turn toward the casual, dressing its waitstaff of about 80 in jeans by Los Angeles-based iTEM Jeans and custom shoes by Vans.

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THE FEAST

THE FEAST NBC

Since opening in 1998, Cafeteria has buzzed with Chelsea crowds at all hours. The winning concept: Feed night owls thought-out food—from truffle mac n’ cheese to Cobb salads—in a hip setting (with cocktails). Meet the energetic staff that keeps up the pace for service 24 hours a day. Linda Japngie – Executive Chef Hails from: Crown Heights, now Hoboken, NJ. Executive Chef: “The concept is American-style comfort food and honestly what I think about the most is what I like to eat, it’s almost centered around that.” Off-hours: “I’ve been playing chess for 7 or 8 years. To get really good it took about a year, but the first year I had a teacher. And then somebody bought me a banjo so I had to learn how to play.”

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EDITORS PICKS 2012

WALLPAPER

Fifteen years after it opened as Chelsea’s first designer diner, Cafeteria has received a subtle yet substantial makeover. Along with refreshing the restaurant’s main dining room, New York-based architect Anurag Nema of Nema Workshop added a cozy, yet groovy, Private Dining Room.

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CAFETERIA PARTNERS WITH INTERVIEW FOR “LOST THEN FOUND”

INTERVIEW MAGAZINE

Last night Interview debuted a collection of never-before-seen portraits of Andy Warhol, taken by Steve Wood in 1981, at the new 345meatpacking building in NYC. The images, which are featured in our May issue, were taken over the course of two hours and capture the pop artist in various un-Warhol-like poses. Friends of the magazine perused the collection while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, compliments of Cafeteria, and cocktails by Grey Goose.

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TOP O’ THE MORNING

ZAGAT BUZZ

In case you forgot, today is St. Patrick’s Day (didn’t all the people packing into bars at 7 AM tip you off?). If you’re brave enough to go out on the town today and bar-hop with the red-faced hordes, Cafeteria in Chelsea is serving up a Green Mary, a mix of jalapeño vodka, flambéed Serrano peppers and a delicious mix that includes green tomatoes and cucumber purée. If you don’t want to swill beer, try one of these. Ok, it’s St. Patty’s – so try about seven of these.

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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Cafeteria was recently included in an article by Joseph De Avila in the Wall Street Journal. The piece highlights the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City: Dining: Chelsea is home to several upscale restaurants such as Del Posto, serving Italian cuisine, and Buddakan, which serves modern Asian cuisine. Also in the area is Morimoto, the Japanese restaurant of “Iron Chef” star Masaharu Morimoto. Cafeteria is famous for its varieties of macaroni and cheese and Tía Pol serves Spanish tapas. Have a glass of wine next to the fireplace at the Drunken Horse.

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COSMO COCKTAILS

COSMOPOLITAN MAGAZINE

The editors of Cosmopolitan Magazine recently published a coffee table book and featured Cafeteria’s Cilantro Lime Soda. The book serves as a hip, stylish guide featuring recipes of many well known restaurants and bars from around the world.

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BEST IN-AND-OUT BRUNCH

PAGE SIX MAGAZINE

It’s open 24 hours a day so this Chelsea Café has plenty of practice turning tables. Brunch dishes like Biscuits and Gravy and Croissant French Toast come fast, but they’re high quality and inexpensive.

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COMFORT FOOD, ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT LONG

NEW YORK TIMES

The downtown institutions of late night like Florent and the Empire Diner are gone, but their spirit lives on at Cafeteria, a 24-hour modern diner that opened in 1998 on Seventh Avenue at 17th Street. The sleek, minimalist decor and the menu of updated American comfort food still attract crowds of young partiers, celebrities and neighborhood residents.

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CAFETERIA’S NEW VANS

RACKED NEW YORK

CHELSEA—If you like your waiter’s sneakers at the Seventh Avenue restaurant Cafeteria, that’s too bad for you, because they were custom made for them by Vans and will not be available for customers.

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THE CAREY CLUB AT CAFETERIA

NEW YORK POST / TABLE HOPPING

The legendary 24-hour Chelsea café is Mariah Carey’s favorite late-night eatery. “She loves flavorful foods,” says her personal trainer, Harold Palacios, “and so we wanted to give her a low-fat, healthy alternative to help her get fit for her upcoming tour.” The collaborative effort, created by Palacios and Cafeteria Chef Linda Japngie, resulted in a sandwich made of herb-roasted turkey, turkey bacon, avocado, arugula, lettuce and tomato with chipotle cranberry aioli served on multigrain bread…

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THE 10 BEST 24-HOUR RESTAURANTS

NEWYORK.COM

New York is the city that never sleeps. And that’s a good thing for any visitors trying to do it all in a place with infinite opportunities to experience food, theater, shopping, culture and world-class nightlife. Bars generally close at 4am, so if you’re still going strong after last call, where can you eat? We’ve rounded up the ten best restaurants in the city for after-hours dining, in neighborhoods where people stay up–and out–late.

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SANDWICH OF THE WEEK: THE SALMON BLT FROM CAFETERIA

MAXIM MAGAZINE

“Cafeteria has been serving amazing comfort food to hungry New Yorkers 24/7, for over 16 years. This sandwich is one of Cafeteria’s signature dishes and reflects the restaurant’s mission by turning classic American comfort food dishes on their ear. It was an instant favorite since we added it to our menu ten years ago.” – Linda Japngie, Chef

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THE DISH

INSTYLE

Where can Julia Roberts sit in high style but still dig into the kind of hearty breakfast her Southern soul yearns for? At Cafeteria, a futuristic diner that serves up inventive twits on old favorites like meatloaf, chicken potpie and mac and cheese. This rendition of a 24/7 joint has glass-paneled garage doors for a wall, whit vinyl banquettes, a mod cubist design and a preternaturally attractive clientele.

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TOP 100 RESTAURANTS ON TWITTER FOR 2010

FRIENDS EAT

1700 followers. 1000 tweets. Cafeteria is a product of an ingenious idea of three New York City entrepreneurs. It opened its door in Manhattan’s Chelsea district in June 1998. The place itself is great, it has a cozy ambience and they serve well prepared American comfort cuisines that are available to everyone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SAMPLE TWEET: What’s hot and what’s cool? Cashmere bowtie @paulsmithdesign, Rye-One Manhattan and Almond Stuffed Dates with blue cheese-@cafeterianyc

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THE NEW HOUR

SUNDAY TIMES TRAVEL MAGAZINE (LONDON)

With its stark white banquettes, menus featuring local characters, and people watching terrace on 7th Avenue, chi-chi Cafeteria isn’t your typical 24-hour diner. Read more…

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THE 10 BEST 24-HOUR RESTAURANTS IN NYC

GOTHAMIST

New York might be the City That Never Sleeps, but just because you’ve worked up an appetite challenging Matt S. in a vicious Quiz Up battle at 5 a.m. doesn’t mean your favorite restaurant’s still open. Thankfully, there are plenty of restaurants that do operate all day and all night, satisfying a New Yorker’s need to shovel pre-prepared food into their mouths on command

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