145 Avenue A, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.727298 -73.982630
Neighborhoods: Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown
Avoid Saturday Evening at Cafe Pick Me Up – I have been going to Cafe Pick Me Up in the East Village off and on for years. I used to take my little brother there for our heart-to-hearts. On 3/10 I had a horrible encounter with a waiter there (around 5pm pre-dinner time) who, with a nasty attitude, told my friend and I to put away a water bottle and some candy we had inadvertently entered the cafe with. I had been taking my friend, in town for the day, around the neighborhood and we had gotten a little thirsty and hungry walking around before stopping at cafe pick me up for more of a sit-down drink/food experience. When we explained that we were leaving the cafe because of his service and attitude toward us, he said 'good' and told us to 'have some class'. I have been a server before, and I can say this with the utmost confidence; he's the one who needs to take a lesson in class.
A Great Place & Note To a prior reviewer.... – Anyone who thinks fleas live in a coffeehouse is in la la land. How some people allow themselves to make irresponsible comments about businesses with good, solid reputations for years, I'll never know. I am a long time customer of Cafe Pick Me Up and a regular since 1999 and never has such a thing happened to me or anyone I know, or anyone sitting around me. That's just idiotic. Go to Cafe Pick Me Up and enjoy the coffee, food, sweets, or whatever it is you order--everything is good. Just don't sit next to the guy that is scratching like a maniac, he may have fleas.
Fleas... – I really want to give the cafe a good review. The atmosphere is nice - layback and relaxing; food is cheap and filling; staff is pretty nice - no weird looks if you sit there all day. But I came back from there one day (after sitting there all morning) with flea bites all over the ankles and tops of both feet!!! I guess since I was in jeans and flip flops that was the only place they could bite......If you go, sit in the main room. gotta go scatch now.
I love this place!! – This place is fantastic!! I have been here many times (too many to count), and have never had a bad experience. The prices are very low, but the food and drinks are always fantastic! You can sit in this cafe for hours and no one will ever give you the slightest notion that you should leave. You can also leave your stuff on the table while you go out for a smoke and it will still be in the exact same place. I highly recommend this place, its one of my favorite places in all of nyc!!
Disappointing – The service at this place is terrible, as is the food. I ordered breakfast there with a friend, a bagel and a croissant sandwich. Five minutes later, my friend got his food, while I had to wait over twenty minutes for mine. Not only did I see a customer get served who came after me, but when my order came it was *wrong* and beyond terrible. You'd think they'd know that most people don't like their eggs half-oiled, because that is exactly what my sandwich amounted to be--scrambled eggs with a side of oil (if I wanted an Egg McMuffin I would have gone to McD's.). When I went to the front to ask the cashier if my food was ready, she said she "thinks so" and to wait for them to bring it.
This place is decent for its coffee and for hanging out late at night.
Cozy and unpretentious – What I love about Pick Me Up is that anything I've ordered has always been very well made and very good, and the place maintains its low key/laid back/unpretentious atmosphere through the years. If you want to hide out in a cozy spot with a delicious cup/glass/plate of whatever, this is somewhere you'll feel just right.
The best chai in the city – I ordered chai here thinking that I'd get the standard prefab Oregon Chai stuff. Not in the least. Rather, I got something delicious and homemade, barely sweetened, where I could taste the cardamom. It's excellent hot or iced, and the herbal version is good, too. (Oh yeah, and the cafe is a lovely place to sit and write/people-watch.)
Tompkins Square Park-side nosh spot where L.E.S. socialites and local literati unite. – In Short
This distinctive bohemian bistro evokes Paris in the '20s--intellectuals, young and old, engage in deep conversation, and the closeness of the mismatched tables inspires talk among strangers. Soup bowl-sized mugs of coffee caffeinate the crowds, and an array of standard desserts--cheesecake, cookies, brownies and pie--keep the regulars coming. Bottled beer and wine are available, along with a menu of veggie burgers, pancetta-topped pizza, lasagna, sandwiches and salads.
yay for the coffee – inside this tiny cafe, you will find GREAT coffee. if the world was a better place, starbuck's would replace their wretched coffee with the beans from cafe pick me up.
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