It sounds like an NYU student’s dream come true: a sleek eatery on 8th Street serving dishes for less than $10. Aptly named by combining the words cafeteria and Asia, this restaurant is filled with long, wooden communal tables and hundreds of candles—and serves a dizzying array of Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Malaysian dishes and Asian-inspired cocktails. As a neighborhood addition, Cafetasia is far more enticing than dorm food: “Crying tiger” sushi (tender slices of grilled flank steak laid over balls of chewy, multicolored sticky rice) beats mystery meat any day.
|Venue name:||Cafetasia (CLOSED)||Contact:|
38 E 8th St
|Cross street:||between Greene St and University Pl|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–11pm; Fri, Sat 11am–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: N, R to 8th St–NYU|
|Price:||Average main course: $9. AmEx, MC, V|
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I was looking for a place to celebrate my 19th birthday, with a group of 8+ college students on a budget. I stumbled upon Cafetasia and it was one of the best birthday decisions I've made!
First, the food tastes good (as far as your typical NY Thai food fare). Second, it is all at a college-friendly student price. Third, though I was afraid that they didn't take reservations, me and my huge group were seated pretty promptly by a welcoming staff.
Warning: Space is LOUD and you will need to shout to hear your neighbor.
Also, if it's your friend's birthday, please tell the waiter to celebrate. The special surprise from the dessert you'll have to pay extra for is totally worth it!