Syracuse >Yaffa Cafe
“the interior is 100% kitsch and cozy + they have a nice backgarden in the summer.”
“The food is so yummy (love the hummus and the berber chicken).”
“good place for brunch”
You might think you stepped into a psychic's living room, but I assure you, no psychic whips up cheap eats like these folks! Eat, drink and be merry in one of the East Village's longest standing restaurants.
Unchanged since the early 90s, this funky, Lesbian-owned East Village bistro still carries the old neighborhood vibe strong: you'll even see the most long-lived denizens frequently sitting in the garden, eating soup and complaining about gentrification.
Reasonable & delicious, good for omni, veg & vegan. I love Yaffa - the funky decor, the reasonably priced food, the really delicious options for vegans (which I am). I've dined there with veggies and omnivores and we've all always be able to get a good meal. Highly recommended.
Fun and Funky!.
LOVE their greek salads, that carrott dressing is to die for. Great stir fry and banana cheesecake too.
Funky & fun.
Heavy on kitsch, light on quality/taste/service. the chicken was horrible. thin, tasteless, overpriced, tough. the staff is NOT friendly. they act all disinterested, foreign to make their indifference seem ok. they won't even tell you thank you when you checkout. i was with a Meetup group. never once did our server or other staff just tell us to go and pay at the register so we sat there with no one ever to check on us, ask us if we needed anything. so finally we got up to leave and finally someone working there mumbled that (as if i should miraculously know this) you pay at the register. it left a VERY bad flavor in my mouth, literally AND figuratively. this is a place i liked. this one night ruined it for me. the area is hip so don't waste your calories, money and time on Yaffa.....the nearby Cafe Mogador is PHENOMENAL and is worlds better in every way than this wannabe, wretched place. the outdoor cafe are is nice though.
Nice decor. This is a really great place to go to. The space is large and they have outdoor seating as well. Their breakfast and brunch menus are great, however their dinner menus are lacking. I would highly recommend coming here during the day.
interesting space doesn't make up for the bad service. decor? fun. animal prints and mirrors are always a good time.go to the back patio, its spacey and cool. the food was average, nothing to write home about but edible. however, the service pretty much nonexistent. we had to ask for plates twice for a shared appetizer, we have three different waiters - none of which could be found when we needed something (the basics: silverware, bread, water.) and our "main" waiter had the most sour attitude ever. i'm sorry you are still working on your "acting career" at the age of 40 but try to act marginally friendly to your customers - at this point, it looks like the only income you are getting is tips, so why jeopardize that too!!
Kitschy and Fun. I recently discovered Yaffas while catching up with some friends from High School. It has some hysterical decor and interesting music selection (started with some generic pop and changed to the Beatles and then Bob Marley), but overall a great vibe and friendly atmosphere. Definitely a place to take friends for long conversations and catching up. Also, veggie friendly. :)
More than kitsch for vegetarians out late at night. Yes, the decor is fabulous and over the top. The place is flat out adorable and fun. The outdoor cafe is great in the summertime, especially because the waitstaff actually knows you're alive back there! I have been going here since HS when I have a late night hankering for something that didn't have a mother, and their vegetarian options are always flavorful and tasty. The service is wonderful, and the desserts to die for. My fave place to escape the hustle and bustle of the thoroughly gentrified block outside and pretend that it's 10 years ago and the East Village exists as more than a hipster/tourist/NYU brat mecca.
Wow. Love it...Gerry B. is the best manager in the world...is it possible that one could have a better time than the one I had everytime I've been there which is many, many times.
Yaffa means Pretty in Hebrew.
What a delicious place. The waitstaff is amazing and so is the chocolate soufle'
Please do not forget to try the veggie burgers served with salad and that yummy veggie dressing.
The omlettes are outrageous, and so is the outdoor patio.
The ambience is hipster/ retro/ just plain fun!
They are open 24/7, and they are always happy to serve you. Enjoy yourself....I sure did
Thanks pretty cafe.
Miserable second experience.
Second review (8/23/08): 3 friends joined us for a late lunch. We sat in the garden area, the service was *superb* (friendly & attentive) and the food was very good. The problem began when it was time to pay. We hadn't bothered asking for (2) checks, since most places don't allow it and it's always settled at the cashier's. Yaffa's cashier had a major attitude problem; she refused to calculate the tax! I was incredulous; I told her it was her job as the cashier. She got nastier and I demanded to speak to the (shift) manager, at which point she said "I'm not helping you!" and then told him "YOU deal with her!" He was immediately nasty and said "It's not her job to calculate tax!" and I said "Then whose job IS it?!" He then said "She's not from NY!" and I replied "What does THAT have to do with it?!" He then whipped out a calculator from under the cash register and I said "Why couldn't the *cashier* have used that?!" His reply: "She didn't know it was there!" (?!). Then he angrily said "How much tax do you want to pay?!" I replied "The correct amount!" He demanded of me "What is the correct amount?!" I replied "You and I both know it's 8.675%!" Then he *shoved* the calculator in my direction and said "YOU figure it out!" I replied "No; I am the CUSTOMER!" He angrily did it and then said "How much tip do you want to pay?!" I said "20%; $3.60", after which he added an *extra* tip on top of the tax! I said, "I said $3.60!" and he angrily changed it. I later contacted the GM and eventually he gave us a refund & an apology.
(First review): My husband & I ate an early lunch in Yaffa's garden on a weekday in late 6/07 and fortunately it wasn't crowded, so we were able to thoroughly enjoy the pleasant atmosphere. I had been there with friends 12 years before and kept intending to return. I'm surprised about (some) negative reviews, as I had a very good experience on both occasions. Our waiter was pleasant and we also thought the food was very good.
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