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Cafe Zaiya

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18 E 41st St, Frnt C, New York City, NY 10017-6222
+1 212-779-0600
10:00 - 20:00
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Sun 11:00 - 19:00
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 20:00
Sat 10:00 - 20:00
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New York City, New York
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189 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

So excited to have found this place not to far from work! Finally having again Matcha and Black Sesame ice cream. I love the ability to mix the two flavors. A little seating area allowed us to enjoy the ice cream sitting down while outside was raining, but it is not far from Bryant Park so I totally see myself... More 

Thank leffertslady
Istanbul, Turkey
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 October 2016

This place is amazing - amazing prices, amazing location. It is a Japanese bakery and they also have an assortment of hot foods. Mostly small things, each priced around $3. They also have some boxed lunches and sushi rolls available. Some favorites are steamed pork buns, mango pan, and the hello kitty sweet bean cake. Everything here is good, including... More 

Thank ceylanbaris
Honolulu, Hawaii
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124 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Walking around Fifth and down the various streets. We saw window ad for the softie ice cream in black sesame or green tea. Only option was black sesame. On the cone or cup were only options. $4.25 was pricey but the serving was generous enough and we were in NYC. Sesame was tasty, smooth and enjoyed. No disappointment. Sweet taste.

Thank HNLDiner
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Don't get me wrong, we love kinokuya bookstore unfortunately, it's cafe partner has insufficient seats for true customer. We spend $40 worth of pastries, the manager is so incompetent. He couldn't nor try to resolve this issue. It just a lounge for people to do social media( they are not even buying from the cafe) will never come back to... More 

Thank Cesar T
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

My friend and came for the soft serve ice cream. The black sesame flavor was delicious, but we've taste more fragrant green tea at other places. We picked up some Onogiri, seaweed wrapped Japanese rice balls and they were tasty. A friend who works in the area highly recommends the chicken sandwich.

Thank Marie B
Woodstock, Connecticut
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 March 2016

I had the sesame green tea ice cream and dh indulged his weakness for a cream puff... Both excellent, will be back to try different treats.

Thank marystonge48
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1,018 reviews
772 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 336 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2016

Some of the hot foods are hit or miss, but the bakery, soft serve ice cream, and drinks are pretty decent.

Thank Tunaidi
Effort, Pennsylvania
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70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2015 via mobile

Clean store, cute seating area, and piping hot dumpling, which is fantastic but the rave review ends there. The dough is tasteless and the center is sparsely filed and mediocre in taste. Guess I'll have to continue to trek to Sun Sai Gai in Chinatown and hope they're not sold out.

Thank V M
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2015

This cafe is too noisy and should consider changing the pumped in music to Off or something soothing.

Thank Sue S
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122 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2015 via mobile

The food was very good, the table where we ate was dirty (but we are experiencing that this is a bad habit of most places in New York...). We ate 2 bento boxes (one fish based and one meat based) and 2 dorayaki 1 vanilla roll cake and 1 coffee. We spent almost 30 $.

Thank basothebest

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20
Japanese, Asian, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 E 41st St, Frnt C, New York City, NY 10017-6222
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-779-0600

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

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