Cornerstone Café may be one of the best deals in the East Village. Perhaps it’s because the restaurant is cash only. Perhaps it’s thanks to the no frills atmosphere—exposed brick painted in jewel tones is the only decoration. Regardless, it’s a welcome change to see an $8 cocktail menu in NYC—the restaurant even offers a two for $12 deal. You get what you pay for, though—both the gin martini and the prohibition-inspired The Last Word are merely serviceable. It might be a safer bet to order off the extensive beer and wine list.
If the page-long beer list overwhelmed you, the dinner menu might be a tough sell. Largely Italian in its influence, it offers everything from penne vodka ($4—no, that’s not a typo) to burgers ($10) a roasted lamb shank in red wine sauce ($26). Though some of the more elegant dishes fall flat—the salmon fillet ($24) arrives overcooked and oily and the tiramisu ($9) overly bitter—the elevated bar food is more successful. Pungent gruyere adds big flavor to the creamy oven-baked mac and cheese ($16), and the chef batters and fries fresh cheese for the breaded mozzarella appetizer ($9).
What Cornerstone Café lacks in execution, it makes up for in friendly, attentive service. Water glasses remain constantly full, and servers always seem ready to offer a recommendation or refill the bread basket. Though it’s not particularly fancy, perhaps that’s not the point. It’s a corner café, as the name suggests—and a charming one, at that.
BY COMMUNITY REVIEWER: ANNALISE MANTZ
HAPPY HOUR! Drinks Only.
$25 sangria pitchers - white, rose, or red
$25 mojito pitchers
Half Priced Bottles of Wine
Kitchen closes at 4pm and reopens for dinner from 5pm - 10:30pm every night.
|Venue name:||Cornerstone Cafe|
17 Ave B between 2nd & 3rd
|Opening hours:||Daily 8am-10:30pm|
|Transport:||F to 2nd Avenue|
|Price:||Average entree: $17|
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Average User Rating
5 / 5
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My favourite breakfast spot in the east village, they have a great menu, friendly/helpful staff and very homely vibe. There is clearly a lot of love put into the food here and I guess thats what makes people like me keep coming back everyday. When it comes to price you just can't beat $4 eggs! Also, really tasty coffee, always fresh. It's not just the breakfast either, I've taken all my friends and family here on different occasions. The Dinner menu is also fantastic, the Beer selection is huge, and the cocktails are always a big hit! I just can't get enough of this place.
I found they were doing a special on Groupon and took advantage of it. Our waiter Rene' was very friendly and explained the dishes to us and offer us recommendation, My friend had the rib-eye steak cook to perfection served with a side order of garlic sauté Spanish. The steak was cook medium raw and without the "burnt Crush" I had Risotto with Chinese mushroom. I required shrimp added making a added treat. The atmosphere was fulled with locals and tourist. I would come back and try their EGGS BENEDICT. I heard it was the talk of the town.
Thanks Rene' and Rocco.