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Cafe Zaiya - 16 Reviews - 18 E 41st St, New York, NY - Lunch Spot Reviews - Phone (212) 779-0600

Cafe Zaiya

18 E 41st St
New York, NY 10017
(212) 779-0600
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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 ...


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Great Lunch Spot 11/23/2010

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. more

I love Cafe Zaiya! 8/17/2010

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! more

The cafe is located within the Kinokuniya... 5/15/2009

ArammaruKim Provided by Partner
The cafe is located within the Kinokuniya bookstore on the 2nd floor. They have great cafe drinks and have a great pastry/dessert selection to look... more

Fun, fresh, and fast. 6/3/2008

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! Pros: Easy, quick, affordable Cons: Crowded, chaotic more

quick, tasty, fresh -Just Great. 2/12/2008

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. more

Pretty awesome for a quick lunch 11/9/2007

This place is moderately priced and has a lot of good take out food. Great for lunch! more

Green Tea heaven! 5/12/2007

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. more

great midtown lunch place! 1/13/2007

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. more

One-of-a-kind! 11/17/2006

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. Pros: Japanese pastries, pasta dishes, sandwiches, variety, not expensive Cons: crowded at lunch more

Fast lunch place 10/29/2006

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. Pros: Fast, cheap lunch Cons: Mediocre food (as expected), really crowded more

Cheap, that's about it 9/14/2006

My friend recommended this spot for its sandwich selection. There were plenty of options but not for vegetarians (like me). There weren't any veg bento either so I was stuck with the one and only vegetarian food I could find: egg salad sandwich (which had few egg shells in the mixture) and the bakery goodies - nothing special there. Pros: Cheap Cons: Few vegetarian selection, crowded more

Amazingly Little Cafe 2/14/2006

Cafe Zaiya, hidden amongst the side streets is one of my favorite bakeries/cafes. The pastries are to die for with amazing strawberry shortcake. They offer cakes by the slice or whole and all are heavenly. Zaiya offers up a selection of food as well with hot plates such as the Spicy beef bowl, or chicken carbonara that are delicious. When the kitchen closes, Zaiya also offers it's usualy selection of bread, premade sandwiches (my favorite is the BLT) and pre-cooked mini-meals in bento boxes. Everything is decently priced at about $8 or under, excluding the cakes. A great alternative to fast food when the last thing you want to do is cook and going out to a restaurant feels too exhausting. One of my neighborhood favorites, I keep going back. more

A fun place 7/11/2005

Great selections of bento boxes; sandwiches; sushi & the great stuffed breads. And the discount when it gets close to closing. But by then it's slim pickings. Pros: Great choices, Affordable, Fun Cons: Translation needed more

Clean up a bit! 6/17/2005

The food was very good. It's fun to walk around and choose from pre-made lunch boxes to baked goods, to sandwiches, to sushi sets. The food is delicious! Once I paid, I went over to tables, these should be cleaned up more often. Still, this cafe is in a prime location and serves as a great place to grab a snack and rest for a spell. more

food and service 11/23/2004

I thought they had the best service. ladies behind the counters are always pleasant and friendly. Very good selection of sandwiches, breads, pastries, and of course the bear papa puffs! They have awsome selection of lunch sandwiches and japanese style meals. A must try! and prices are so good! i wish i can live here. Pros: Food, sevice, lunch specials more

Good bread, bad service 9/28/2004

The girls behind the counter were very rude. When I presented my valid discount card they rolled their eyes and told me I should've mentioned it before I ordered. Very unpleasant but I must say their baked goods are awesome. more
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  • This Japanese lunch spot serves bento boxes and onigiri, with choices from cream puffs to red bean doughnuts for dessert.

  • 6/28/2007 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri 7 am-8 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am-8 pm
  • Payments:

    Visa, American Express, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Midtown South Central