World Cafe

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Upper West Side
In good weather, French doors open to reveal a diverse mix of streetside diners. Waiters weave among the tables, handing off forthright fare like pulled pork sandwiches and cobb salads. Come evening, a pianist plays ’80s tunes in the white-brick dining room. Entrées change seasonally, but might include sole stuffed with crabmeat and spinach or roast chicken with caramelized-onion mashed potatoes. The waitstaff doesn’t push dessert—and, at least in the case of the crusty chocolate pudding, they’re right not to.
Venue name: World Cafe
Address: 201 Columbus Ave
New York
Cross street: at 69th St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11:30am–4pm, 5–11pm; Fri 11:30am–4pm, 5pm–midnight; Sat 11am–4pm, 5pm–midnight; Sun 11am–4pm, 5–11pm
Transport: Subway: B, C, 1, 2, 3 to 72nd St
Price: Average main course: $16. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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