Bakeries >Cafe Zaiya
18 E 41st St, New York, NY | Directions 1001740.752584 -73.980396
Mon-Fri 7 am-8 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am-8 pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Midtown South Central
Great Lunch Spot – I love their onigiri (especially the Spicy Tempura), Spicy Chicken Sandwich, and Curry Chicken Sandwich. The prices and service were ok. The place does get pretty crowded around lunch, but its worth the long lines. Although, I am disappointed that there is no longer a Beard Papa there.
I love Cafe Zaiya! – I am downright obsessed with Cafe Zaiya. They have a great, expansive selection of treats, from pastries to sandwiches to "lunchboxes," and everything is so cheap! They accept credit cards on purchases of any amount, which is super convenient, and I love that everything is fresh and quickly turned over. From the pastries, I really like the flakey, not too heavy and buttery croissants, the frank roll, the Tuna Corn, and the almond cookies. For lunch, pretty much everything is top notch, and I'm a huge fan of the white fish sandwich. The mini garden salad is a great deal too. Cafe Zaiya is the perfect breakfast or lunch spot if you want a satisfying meal for cheap!
Fun, fresh, and fast. – Just bought a spicy chicken sandwich from Cafe Ziya, got it back to my desk, and the chicken is still warm! And the bun it was on was fantastic. The turnover there must keep everything fresh and hot. Not to mention delicious. They have a greeat selection of sushi, baked goods, onigiri, etc, so if the chicken sandwich is any indication, I'll be back to work my way through their offerings. The bento boxes looked particularly good. But Beard Papa is going to become harder and harder to resist if I keep going back!
quick, tasty, fresh -Just Great. – I love this place-quick, tasty but budget, fresh food. Service is nothing fancy but gets the job done kindly. The sushi man, Masa, who is making beautiful, tasty, and fresh sushi. His sushi and zirashi are my one of favorites. (green tea dessert, as well) Do not miss this great midtown's gem casual place.
Pretty awesome for a quick lunch – This place is moderately priced and has a lot of good take out food. Great for lunch!
Editorial Review by Marcella Veneziale – This Japanese lunch spot serves bento boxes and onigiri, with choices from cream puffs to red bean doughnuts for dessert.
Green Tea heaven! – If you're a fan of Green Tea as much as I am, you will absolutely love the greentea frap here, order it at Bread Pan. Though I don't know what the fuss is about for the puffs, They're ok, and kinda messy, but taste sort of like home made pudding stuffed dough. The Curry Pan at the bakery is to die for, the sandwiches are a value at $2.00-$3:50. The spicy tuna rolls here are cooked tuna. I haven't tried the sushi but it looks harmless enough. My favorites here so far though definitely the Curry Pan, the Sandwiches, and best of all the green tea frap, the prices ofcourse are unbeatable for midtown.
great midtown lunch place! – Love this place-- you can get cheap good quality lunch. Ham and cheese sandwich under $3, onigiri for $1.50-$2. The cooked food is not as tasty, but for some reason the joint is always crowded, especially at lunch. Do yourself a favor, take everything to go, b/c you likely won't find a seat. Many japanese people come here, so it's gotta be reasonably authentic and tasty. I like their pastries and bakery selection.
One-of-a-kind! – I was so happy to discover this place. Lunch in midtown can be tough... a lot of overpriced mediocrity. But this place has a lot of variety.
What I like the best are their Japanese pastries and --believe it or not-- their cooked items like spaghetti bolognese and spaghetti carbonara! Can you believe it? The pasta in this mostly Japanese place is great! Atleast in my opinion. Only in New York...
Fast lunch place – I have friends that get food here on a daily basis. The food is fine, but more to the point, it's cheap. You can feed yourself on about $5 if you are so inclined. And it's really, really crowded.
The place is entirely oriented around turn-around. You go in, pick up food, and get out. If you want to stay, be prepared to be smooshed. Heck, you'll be smooshed just standing in line. But if you really have the yen for some cheap Japanese/asian food on-the-go, this is your place.
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