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Coffee Shops, American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants

10 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003

212-243-1616

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Today: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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clclclcl

11/21/11

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Eaten alive by bugs!

Caution: I went to Chat n Chew in September, and my foot was practically EATEN ALIVE by pests! Right after my friends and I were done with dinner, we saw a big roach crawl up one of the columns. We tried not to freak out and quickly left. I went home with some bites on my ankles and thought they were mosquito bites. NO! I woke up with a ridiculously swollen foot and went to the doctor's office. She said it was an extreme allergic reaction and to take prescription antihistamine and apply hydrocortisone.

I hobbled over to Chat n Chew afterwards, and spoke with the day manager, who took down my number said he would speak with the head manager. After a few days, the swelling went down, but then it suddenly swelled back up, even worse than before. I went back to the doctor and got a tox screen to rule out any poison or other infection. I ended up having to wear a hospital sock and keep my foot elevated at all times.

I think it was bedbugs because there's a crazy epidemic going on in NYC. I didn't feel anything stinging me as with ants or spiders, and I do not get this extreme of a reaction to mosquitoes or fleas. Bedbugs are known to be sneaky biters and hang out in groups, and victims get measle-like bites, sometimes as swollen as mine. I was tempted to attach a photo of my foot so you can see how terrible it looked and felt but I'll spare you the ugliness of it.

Nobody from the restaurant ever called to check if I was OK!

Although they have an A grading posted on their door, this is misleading. Read their review by the NYC Dept of Health here, with violations including evidence of rats. You will have to type in Chat n Chew into the search.
a816-restaurantinspection.nyc.gov/RestaurantInspection/SearchBrowse.do

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jazzL

01/07/11

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GREAT FOOD!

I come here often because the place is great. my friends and i always meet up here as our spot and the food is just incredible.,

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ravterps

12/07/10

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mac n cheeeese!!!

mac n' cheese was amazing and the miss patty's chicken sammy was on point. Would come back with friends

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Janie Ho

09/29/10

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Kitschy Throwback Diner with Great Drinks & Shakes

In a low-ceilinged Christmas-lighted throwback of a diner, the “other” Union Square café is a cute place, serving ""T.V. Dinners,"" mom's meatloaf and bubbling mac and cheese. The tight, 4-seat bar is equally boggling, though with a long $8 specialty cocktail list (try the white peach sangria--kin to the Long Island iced tea), and super thick Häagen-Dazs milkshakes at six bucks apiece, the place oozes with charm and a viable alternative to neighborhood's trendy eats. Head to the spacious backroom for a cooler space, more privacy and ornate signage from yesteryear.

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710whit

10/15/09

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Good lunch place, inexpensive

Generally an enjoyable experience...pretty friendly place ""American portions ""(ginormous)
The huevos rancheros is good...
Watch out for weekends..too many rugrats in strollers with permissive parents who seem to think bad behavior is cute...

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crazymonkey120

01/13/09

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Rude Service that rushes You out of the Place!!!

The Food is decent but the Waitresses rush you out the Restaurant. My Friend and I ordered one appetizer and two entrees. We weren't even halfway done with the appetizer when our entrees arrived. Before we were even done with our entrees, the Busboy had come over at least three times to take our plates. Waitress was unfriendly and had a scowl on her face the entire time (like she'd rather be getting a root canal). From sitting down and ordering to paying the check was a total of 35 minutes. Completely ridiculous!!! Quite an unpleasant dining experience!! I will not be returning any time soon.

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griffinmelody

11/19/08

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delicious food ,fabulous music

Delicious food,fabulous music and a casual,friendly atmosphere made for a terrific birthday dinner at Chat'N""Chew .My friend,boyfriend and I started the night with a round of margaritas and two appetizers:the onion ribbons and macaroni and cheese.The onion ribbons were addictive and the mac and cheese was just as tasty as my friend Carolyn described.For dinner I enjoyed the bit with sweet potato fries while my boyfriend ordered the TV dinner,which was presented in a ceramic TV tray-very kitchy and kute.I couldn't stop picking at the green bean casserole on his plate .And although we were stuffed,we had to peruse the dessert menu,having heard their cakes and pies were not to be missed.After much deliberation,we all decided to share a slice of Vesuvious and a slice of apple crumb pie-a la mode of course.I don't know which I enjoyed more-the savory dinner or rich ,sweet desserts.However,what is perhaps equally important to me is prompt and friendly service.Our server tended to all our requests with haste and good humor,which has been consistent each sunsequent time i have visited.Satisfied w/such a marvelous experience has me pointing everyone i know in the direction of Chat'n Chew.

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melaniemelanie23

11/18/08

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Sweet fun servers and yummy food!

I love this place! The food is delicious and perfect for the chilly weather, the ambience is character filled and charming and the servers are great! They are friendly, fun, and entertaining. The prices are excellent, especially for the portions and how delicious the food is. I have tried and loved uncle red's addicition, the delicious mac and cheese, the holy cow burger and the veggoe chili (my favorite). By far one of the best finds for cheap eats and friendly service in NYC. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to feel like they're at a home away from home!

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gourmandos

11/05/08

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Good time and a great value

went back last Saturday night with a group of friends; everyone loved it, the pork chops; Uncle Red's addiction (honey fried chicken) the tiny Mac n Cheese and the sweet potato fries and the fried oysters (all recommended); and we took a lot of it home; just too much! great value. down home atmosphere. Sit up front for more prompt service. But overall a fun and tasty time had by all.

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SomeOne

11/02/08

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Average-below average diner food, can't believe it got 4.5 stars.

We went there today, a party of 4, each ordered something else and none of us particularly cared for their meal. Granted we didn't try the mac & cheese (supposedly that's their ""specialty"", possibly the only good item on the menu), but we all thought our meals were average-below average. Nothing to write home about. For the life of me I don't get the rave reviews on this site. Sure, this place has character, it's been around for who-knows how long (and accordingly dirty, really), but character alone doesn't maketh a good meal. If you're a starving NYU student who just wants some cheap, crappy, ""comfort food"" at a late hour, this place is for you. Otherwise, there are better options out there.

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NYCGAL8888

09/23/08

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Rude Service

The Wait staff is very rude...They crowd around like high school kids and gossip. The food is greasy. I do not recommend. I am not sure how they stay in business with such poor customer service. Management needs to wake up and address their customer's complaints. Spend your money elsewhere.

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patdonner

09/17/08

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fun place good food good value

fun place. went with the kids and the grandparents (from out of town) for lunch. we had a great time. the staff was so friendly and the food was great. terrific for all ages. the red velvet layer cake is to die for. my kids love the mac n cheese. the catfish po-boy was tastey. definitely will go back.

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EllieMae4sure

09/16/08

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Good Grub and down home friendly

Been going here for years, feels like a short trip to the country every time. Love the pork chops, mashed potatos; Thanksgiving on a roll, flame grilled burgers and sweet potato fries with chipotle ketchup and chocolate coca-cola cake. Brunch is also great but always a long line. Small bar. not a late night place. sometimes slow service, but fun atmosphere. kid friendly. the chicken fried steak TV dinner looked great but was disappointing. Overall, highly recommend if you are not in a hurry. Also, large portions, no hassle to share.

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TriatomicTortoise

09/06/08

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One of the worst places I have seen

I last went there a while back with my colleagues. The place is cramped, stuffy and unhealthy inside. Recently they have some outside sitting area in a street that is not particularly appealing.

Anyhow, the food is at best average and unhealthy as hell. The star attraction used to be the white blond waitresses who would give you extra attention if you are a cool white dude and will definitely give you attitude if you have any other appearance. It is very strange to experience this in NY city. I would not be surprised to see that in Georgia or Oklahoma or Ohio.

Therefore, if you are a like-minded white guy, entertain yourself there without any expectation on the food menu. For others, please find another place to save your sanity. They are a shame in our country.

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yesplease11

07/04/08

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Good food, bad management

I've eaten here many times. Sometimes the experience is great, sometimes it's embarrassing. The food tastes great (though sometimes it takes forever), the waiters are fun (the ones who speak English at least), but the place must be owned and managed by morons. In the summer the place is like a sauna, God forbid they shut the front doors so the place can cool down. But if you're in the mood to watch the owner come in and insult the staff in front of customers, making the environment quite uncomfortable for everyone, this is the place to go. Or if you really want a good show, sit next to the kitchen and watch the manager tell them to stop making someone's food, then watch the waitress freak out when her customers start to yell at her 20 minutes later. Real professional. Or if you are waiting at the bar, the manager will try to sell you an Ipod. A very interesting environment. But hey, it's still a great turkey burger!

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oenophile81

06/13/08

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Great in person. Don't do delivery.

Good comfort food. Friendly staff. But they NEVER ANSWER THE PHONE. Delivery is painfully inconsistent. Sometimes it shows up great, sometimes its soggy. Sometimes quick, sometimes way too long. It's too bad. I say go in person but save yourself the headache of trying to get it delivered.

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fatties

04/13/08

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Solid food and service and fun ambience!

We went here for a goodbye dinner the night before we left NYC. It was the perfect place for such an occasion! The atmosphere was super fun and kitschy and the staff was very upbeat and friendly. We were seated quickly - but by the bathroom . . . even though there were a bunch of seats. I ordered the white wine sangria and it was ok, not really worth the price. If I went back I would definitely order the TV Dinner! It had huge portions and everything was delicious. The other entrees were the steak sandwich (delicious!), the catfish sandwich (very good!), and the thanksgiving dinner sandwich (great stuffing, very tasty!). The pies were very good! Pecan especially - which came highly recommended by our waitress. If you're looking for a fun place with solid food, I would definitely suggest chat 'n' chew!

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kickboxgirl

03/14/08

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comfort food good service

we went on a friday afternoon. It wasn't crowded, so we got seated right away. Our waitress was extremely nice and sweet. The food was good, not great, but good down and dirty no fuss kind of food. I would say go there for some casual comfort food and hang out with some good friends. Tried the mac n' cheese, it was okay. But then again, I have never been a big mac n' cheese fan anyway.

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terence10

02/20/08

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Great food but

I'll start by saying that the food was good. The macaroni and cheese was really tasty. My fish tacos were good - I'm still trying to find really good fish tacos in NYC. I also had a side of south of the border beans and rice. The beans were like a vegetarian chili and were great. However, I have to mention the layer of dust on the ledge around the wall and the dirty, wet mop string that was stuck to my beer bottle when it was delivered to my table. That's just gross. If the beer had been in a glass I would have gotten up and left at that point. I'm glad I stayed for the food but they could do a little better on the cleaning.

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ivy804

02/14/08

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Great place to visit!

I went to here last night. 4 ppl. the place looks nice and the waiters are really friendly. food was great. definitly is a good place for fds to chill out. sure will visit again.

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General Info
Around for almost the last 25 years, Chat n' Chew is a classic New York spot providing guests with farm-fresh, local and mindful comfort food.Around for almost the last 25 years, Chat n' Chew is a classic New York spot providing guests with farm-fresh, local and mindful comfort food.
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Phone: 212-243-3126

Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Fri:
Sat - Sun:
Categories
Coffee Shops, American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Tea Rooms
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Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Midtown Manhattan, Union Square
Other Information

Parking: Street

Attire: Casual

Cuisines: American, Take Out, Cafeterias, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Tea Room

Alcohol: Full Bar

Price Range : Average

Good For Family: Yes

Services: Yes

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