If you’re looking to grab something quick on your lunch break, a seemingly fancy restaurant like Cafetasia might not catch your eye. But that’s one of the charms of Cafetasia, it has all the ambiance without the prices. The restaurant is very spacious with plenty of seating, though sometimes in the afternoons at lunch the restaurant gets incredibly busy.
Cafetasia is a particularly good spot for lunch for one because of the large counter it has up against the floor-to-ceiling front window of the restaurant. You can sit and enjoy your food while also getting some work done.
The $8 lunch special is one of the best deals around the Lower East Side. It comes with an appetizer, with dishes like Edamame Wasabi Salad or Shrimp Shumai, and a surprisingly hearty entree. A large bowl of Pad Thai (add a side of peanut sauce to moisten it up a bit) will do you in, or one of the incredible stir fries will be sure to satisfy your taste buds. Regardless, you will leave very full and satisfied, getting your eight dollars worth and then some.
However, if you are looking for a place for date night, Cafetasia is also a great pick during the evening. The floating candles create a hint of style and dash of flair, together great ambiance. I would recommend this restaurant for a causal date as sometimes you might have trouble hearing your date, as it can get very loud.
So come by to check out Cafetasia for lunch or dinner an at either location in East Village (8th St. between University and Broadway) and Greenwich Village (85th Ave A. at 6th and Ave A). It’s affordable even by many college students’ standards, and delicious too. Food always tastes better when it doesn’t break the bank.
Gabriela Garcia U.F.P Contributor