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Ciao for Now

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East Village
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523 E 12th St, New York City, NY 10009-3840 (Between Ave. A & Ave. B)
+1 212-677-2616
08:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Fri 08:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 16:00
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Regina, Canada
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Stopped here because we were looking for a good soup and we were not disappointed. Not an abundance of items on the menu but everything looked appealing. I had the soup (spicy chicken) with the frittata which was very good. Rustic decor that was very comfortable. Children are encouraged to contribute their artistic talents.

Thank lala624
ciaofornownyc, Manager at Ciao for Now, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by! We look forward to serving you again soon. More 

Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

We never made it in because what appears to be the door wouldn't open although a 'yes we are open' sign hangs above it. To make it worse NONE of the staff helped and we were left there embarrassed while they just stared at us. Thanks a lot

Thank sophiannes
Vail, Colorado
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

I was seriously impressed by the food at Ciao For Now. I had the Green Acres plate which had really high-quality eggs and a shockingly good chicken sausage. There is a really pleasant, intimate feel to the dining area, along with attentive service and great coffee. I will definitely be back!

Thank morganruss
New York City, New York
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

I had the egg chicken wrap and it was amazing. The dish was very tasteful and so wholesome. Also very good espresso. Was really surprised with the $12.75 bill. Good value for the money. Overall service and food is excellent

Thank eeshehawi
Brooklyn, New York
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2016

I went to this spot a few times, and always had a pleasant experience. The portions and food weren't outrageous or fancy, but always the food tasted fresh and like it was made by a human, if that makes any sense. Great coffee and very friendly staff.

Thank CarolynC2289
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115 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2015

I had been there a few times in the past for lunch/snacks; they have just started serving dinners. Not a lot of choices on the menu, but what we had was quite tasty (although the portions are a bit small, that might be an advantage for some people ... it was nice, on a trip, to have at least one... More 

Thank Jeff940
London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2015

The lady serving us was so friendly and helpful and really made the meal that much more enjoyable. She recommended the pumpkin pancakes to us as they were the seasonal item, and they were amazing. The portion was huge and she wrapped up our leftovers to take away with us. Would definitely go back when next in NYC.

Thank cje291989
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2015

We ate about 5 times (on a 10-day trip in NY) in this cosy restaurant, so that says it all. Food is really delicious as for breakfast as for lunch. And from November, on they will also open for dinner. They serve each day different specials, so there's always something to your taste. The restaurant isn't that big so if... More 

Thank Jokke62
Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
1 review
Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

Nice place for having breakfast and a coffee. Good atmosphere and good service. We had a fruit yoghurt with a muffin which was really good.

Thank J D
Richmond, Virginia
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57 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2015

We had to wait to get a table, but they have a cafe separated from the restaurant, so we had a fun wait while drinking coffee and tea. A light, airy cafe with busy waiters. One of the tables next to us had a problem and had to send their food back - but we were pleased with all of... More 

Thank Kendall B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 25
American, Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 523 E 12th St, New York City, NY 10009-3840
    (Between Ave. A & Ave. B)
  • Public Transportation: 1 Ave. (L) 3 Ave. (L)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighbourhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-677-2616
Ciao for Now is a family-owned and operated restaurant and catering company that has been proudly serving NYC for over 17 years. We specialize in market-to-table menus prepared fresh daily from the highest quality ingredients. We are committed to providing healthy, original and delicious menus with vegan and gluten-free options.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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