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Cafe Zaiya

18 E 41st St, Frnt C, New York City, NY 10017-6222
+1 212-779-0600
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  • Excellent18%
  • Very good56%
  • Average22%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (7 reviews)
“bento box” (7 reviews)
“cream puffs” (3 reviews)
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Japanese, Cafe
18 E 41st St, Frnt C, New York City, NY 10017-6222
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Reviewed April 23, 2018

The baked sweets were better than the other items we tried. Prices aren't too bad, but overall nothing really impressed enough to come back.

Thank Breezy-N-Wheezy
Reviewed March 20, 2018 via mobile

Long standing place just off fifth avenue serving a lively takeout crowd Japanese comfort foods. Bento boxes , sweets and many other products are here. Not gourmet but convenient. And prices good for the area. Self service. Is the rule and lines move quickly

Thank Allan S
Reviewed January 16, 2018

My wife and I were in NYC during the December cold spell, and were out walking. We passed Café Zaiya, and I noticed a posting that this was one of Chef Morimoto’s favorite spots. If you are not familiar with Morimoto, he is one of...More

Thank Andreas G
Reviewed August 22, 2017 via mobile

Here is a place in midtown where you can get all sorts of food for lunch or whatever. Laid out fir you in nice containers. Also they fill cream puffs with fabulous cream filling that is wonderful. Fun place that is hectic lunch hour and...More

Thank Allan S
Reviewed July 21, 2017 via mobile

This is Japanese specialty ice cream place on 41st street Newyork. The green tea cake is delicious. We had two ice creams,Sesame/Green and chocolate. The sesame/ Green ice cream is very tasty. Don't miss it.

Thank gsraju2k
Reviewed June 29, 2017

Went there for sweet treat and it was all worth it. I tried Macha and seasme swirl ice cream. Price and taste both were right.

Thank Kaurk87
Reviewed May 11, 2017

I've been seeing pictures of the black sesame and matcha swirl on instagram for the longest time, hence why I had this place bookmarked for quite a while now. Luckily enough though, on our way to the NY Public Library (Schwarzman bldg) from Grand Central,...More

Thank Iulia G
Reviewed March 2, 2017

So excited to have found this place not to far from work! Finally having again Matcha and Black Sesame ice cream. I love the ability to mix the two flavors. A little seating area allowed us to enjoy the ice cream sitting down while outside...More

Thank leffertslady
Reviewed October 29, 2016

This place is amazing - amazing prices, amazing location. It is a Japanese bakery and they also have an assortment of hot foods. Mostly small things, each priced around $3. They also have some boxed lunches and sushi rolls available. Some favorites are steamed pork...More

Thank ceylanbaris
Reviewed September 5, 2016

Walking around Fifth and down the various streets. We saw window ad for the softie ice cream in black sesame or green tea. Only option was black sesame. On the cone or cup were only options. $4.25 was pricey but the serving was generous enough...More

Thank HNLDiner
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Restaurant Details

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating
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Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 E 41st St, Frnt C, New York City, NY 10017-6222
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-779-0600
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