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“BEWARE! EXTREMELY, OUTRAGEOUSLY OVERPRICED (good) food!!!!”

The Cafeteria at the Metropolitan Museum
Ranked #4,308 of 14,911 Restaurants in New York City
Cuisines: American
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

This is almost a joke writing this review - I have never visited a museum elsewhere in Canada, Latin America or Europe that charges visitors such an outrageously overpriced menu of cafeteria food selections at luxury dining prices. Your average price for lunch will run you about $35-60 per person!!!!!!!! You take a tray and select your foods, and go to cashier and over pay! The cooked foods are okay but over cooked in general so I would not really recommend. Most entrees are going to run you close to $20+ when you include fees and taxes. What a rip off. I think it a sham because there are very few places to eat cheap in this area of NYC and the very least the museum can offer after you just spent $25 getting in is a nice lunch at a value price (and overcharge the rich people who want to dine in the other bistros and restaurants upstairs!!!). The only food items that is fresh and prepared well is the salad bar buffet: fresh eggs, chicken, salmon, full range of fresh vegetables, cheeses, olives and some salad dishes with pasta. Sadly the price is very expensive as it is weighed by the pound at the cashier. The entree meals like pasta and meat and rice dishes are very overcooked and sometimes stiff and dry in the meats, boring and overcooked pastas, overcooked sauces, dried up rice - every time I go and have visited for the past 20 years the same condition of bad entree food. And horribly priced! Even the hot dogs are 3X more what you would normally pay. The most costly are the desserts! $7-10 for a cupcake??????? A cupcake! Please. And they have gotten away from offering metal utensils maybe due to cost (the museum is financially in trouble in debt by many tens of millions due to recession/mismanagement) and this may be a reason they are overcharging. You can find some stainless steel utensils if you ask or really look over the plastic. And there is no ice for drinks. I had to ask and wait for someone to get me a cup of ice for my bottled overpriced Coca Cola. The seating area was okay - nothing great to say especially for such a great museum - more Ikea in feel. Well at least the art upstairs is 5 star! So you had your warning!

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

It was fine but quite expensive for cafeteria food - but then so is the rest of New York. Much better than the cafe at the Natural History Museum which was a mele of people with not enough seats.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We made the mistake of not eating before we went in and had to eat there. A pre-made deli sandwich was almost $15. Everything was equally over priced. It was all average tasting cafeteria food. The place was packed so obviously it works for them since people end up in the same situation we did. Eat before you go!!!!

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1  Thank aegeeg
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Went for a snack in the afternoon after a long day of museum hoping. Prices were high especially for the frozen yogurt. Tasted ok but nothing special for the amount paid.

1  Thank KMRNY
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Lack of organization. Low Quality food at a high price. Go anywhere else in the museum or eat before or after your visit.

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