Cornerstone Cafe

Restaurants, Cafés East Village
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Venue says Need dinner plans? Think no further. Come try our mouth watering baby back spare ribs with fries for $15. All bottles of wine HALF OFF!

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

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Cornerstone Cafe says
Cornerstone Cafe is a hidden gem in the center of East Village otherwise known as the brunch mecca of NYC. When visiting Cornerstone Cafe, you’ll find there is something for everyone, from Truffle fries to $6 penne vodka pasta! Not to mention the pasta is served along side a house salad and bread. Now Accepting Credit Cards!!

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.
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Venue name: Cornerstone Cafe
Contact:
Address: 17 Ave B between 2nd & 3rd
New York
10009
Opening hours: Daily 8am-10:30pm
Transport: F to 2nd Avenue
Price: Average entree: $17
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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.