Cafe Pick Me Up

145 Ave. A
New York, NY 10009
Cafe Pick Me Up +

Marco Mazzei


  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Late Night
This café is the very picture of homey. Step inside to find shabby, mismatched tables filled with studying students and casually dressed couples. Worn-in vintage cabinets hold cups and silverware, while the walls are filled with black-and-white prints in old frames, with an upbeat world music soundtrack complementing the constant murmur of the patrons. A long line forms in the back as people get their coffee and tea to go. There is also a full menu of Mediterranean and American fare including a variety of sandwiches, salads and pastas, plus items like pork-and-beef meatballs, tuna carpaccio and fried calamari. Stop in between 9am and 5pm for the breakfast menu filled with egg dishes and pastries. When it¹s warm outside, all of the small tables outside on the sidewalk are snapped up quick, although the one hour time limit ensures you¹ll get a good chance of eventually scoring one.—Keith Wagstaff


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