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Piccolo Cafe

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238 Madison Ave, Btw 37th & 38th, New York City, NY 10016
+1 212-447-4399
08:00 - 22:00
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 20:00
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North Rubberboot
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

great little spot for a delicious bite of lunch, nice selection of freshly prepared options; the staff more interested in their electronic devices and could use some proper customer service training; perhaps they are too cool for that. tiny tables and chairs, squeeze in if you can, might be a better idea to order 'to go' and enjoy your meal... More 

Thank Astra_12
Chesterfield, Virginia
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168 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were trapped in a Lord & Taylor Dept. Store in Manhattan while a thunderstorm passed through. While killing time we asked a store clerk if she or her fellow workers could recommend a local restaurant for lunch. The tiny Piccolo Cafe was their unanimous choice. We had the turkey panini with a cup of chicken/vegetable soup. I suspect they... More 

Thank Hhoppin
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

My husband and I happened upon this charming cafe on Madison between 37th and 38th Streets last Sunday morning, and couldn't be happier that we did. Although the place is decidedly on the compact and cozy side, the menu options were so extensive that we struggled to choose just one apiece. We ended up sharing two open-faced croissant sandwiches topped... More 

Thank PWinCT
Worcester, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

The restaurant empty when we arrived. And by the reception we received, the proprietor (or waiter) preferred it to stay that way. We could feel the ice. After being advised to order at the counter we waited for our dinner noticing, I believe, a reference to the establishment being open since 1938. Well, we are accustomed to the modern fashion... More 

Thank denstrudwick
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132 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Amazing place to stop for a coffee and eat a good gluten free brownie. Price is good and the coffee is excellent. The place cool to hang out with friend or just chill

Thank Iggyxii
Tokyo, Japan
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

A while back, I was a regular at this cafe, grabbing coffee and the occasional croissant sandwich, treat, etc. However, I could never shrug off the ill feeling of rude service. The owner is friendly, but the lady in the front is consistently rude for no reason at all.

1 Thank ngiselle
Springfield, Missouri
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Went out looking for something to eat before exploring the city, and found this place. Wow! Good people, and great authentic Italian food. Worth a visit

Thank Jared A
New York City, New York
1 review
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Love this place! Super charming and feels like an escape from the city. Great coffee, very reasonable prices. Awesome breakfast sandwiches!!! Really nice and friendly staff as well. I bring all of my out-of-town friends to their 74th Street location.

Thank mikeE4656IC
Tel aviv
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139 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent coffee Nice atmosphere Good prices On your way We loved it Welcoming service Central place

Thank buiumb
Zurich, Switzerland
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Simply one of the best omelettes i have ever had! I took the Works omelettes. Check this place out while walking down Madison Avenue

Thank lanzara86

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Restaurant Details

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Italian, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Delivery
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Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 238 Madison Ave, Btw 37th & 38th, New York City, NY 10016
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-447-4399
We proudly serve you all the best Italian paninis and gourmet food, and of course, our staple coffee. That's what we call the "real deal!" It is our mission to serve you the best Prosciutto, Mozzarella, Burrata, Gnocchi, as well as delicious paninis and desserts. Juansetter (Escaping in the City: A Taste of Real Italy) said: "Every other item has truffles/truffle oil in it, and every third has prosciutto or Parmigiano Reggiano. And none of it is the heavy saucy, fried stuff that you find in most New York Italian restaurants; rather, this green cafe goes for the fresh, healthy, Mediterranean feel that we love about Italy." "That's probably because the owners - and, indeed, the guy behind the counter - are actually from Italy. Ciao!" Piccolo offers daily and one-off special deals.

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