CUlinary ARTS: RESTAURANT OFFERS FOR COLUMBIA STUDENTS AND CAAL MEMBERS
Explore NYC culture through the culinary arts! The Arts Initiative at Columbia University created partnerships with over 30 restaurants around NYC to provide special offers to CAAL members. In order to receive these benefits please present your CAAL card at the following restaurants. Please send any questions, comments, or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mon-Fri 5pm-11pm Sat 11am-midnight Sun 11am-10:30pm
10% off the final bill, Monday - Thursday
The Upper West Side's 107 West is noted for its good food, good drinks, and good people. Pop by this metropolitan seafood oasis for brunch over the weekend, or go with friends to enjoy the fresh sushi menu. Sample the Southern Fried Chicken or treat yourself to the Macadamia Apple Crisp, but if you do nothing else, make sure you enjoy the seafood dishes like the Jambalaya and the Atlantic Salmon. This swanky restaurant prides its self on having the freshest and most deliciously prepared seafood dishes in New York, and they can't wait until you come by to tell them they are right. From half price bottled wine on Mondays and Thursdays to the bar that is open late, 107 West welcomes you in for a delicious yet affordable drink to compliment your meal or good conversation with friends.
Complimentary Petits Fours, including Aquagrill's hand made chocolates, tuiles and cookies
This restaurant, so open, airy, and cheerful in the daytime, becomes a more chic, sophisticated room in the evenings. A popular outdoor terrace seats thirty and is surrounded by sea grass and garden flowers. Aquagrill has an active bar scene centered around the country's most diverse oyster raw bar. Diners can expect to find some unusual wine selections and great values on the award-winning wine list. Aquagrill's wine list has been awarded both the Grand Award and the Silver Award Winner for Best Short Wine List by Restaurant Hospitality's Annual Wine List Competition. Along with the extensive array of fresh oysters from around the world, Aquagrill offers a selection of fresh Imperial Iranian and American caviar. Dinner menu specialties are Crab Cake Napoleon, Exotic Seafood Plateau, Bouillabaisse and Falafel Crusted Salmon. In addition to the Chef's creative preparations, all fish and seafood is also served a la carte with a choice of preparations and side dish offerings so diners can select exactly what they are in the mood for. Aquagrill also serves brunch, which has been voted the number one brunch in ZAGAT for the past six years.
A warm, unpretentious Italian restaurant, the specialties here are wholesome, uncomplicated dishes at reasonable prices and, as with many "family style" Italian restaurants, enormous portions. Arte Café is located in a landmark brownstone on the Upper West Side, and features a large outdoor garden with a water fountain. Just steps away from Central Park, Chef Camillo Bassani presents pan-Italian cuisine with homemade pastas, fresh meats, fish, pizza from a brick-oven and sumptuous desserts. Private rooms are available for all events and budgets.
A complimentary glass of Prosecco with the purchase of an entrée
Bond 45 is located right in center of the theater district, within walking distance to every major Broadway show. Bond 45 feels like part of old New York, because it is. The building is a theater district landmark. The Ziegfeld Follies began on its roof, back when the building was the Hammerstein Theater.
Bond 45 serves up a genuine Italian experience including real American 'firsts': Your roman mozzarella bar and cheese focaccia from Liguria, Pantondo, and a new Antipasti bar that is even more spectacular than ever. The New York Post calls Bond 45 “An Italian steakhouse reincarnation of the old Jack Dempsey’s, which already tastes like a long running hit," and Hal Rubenstein of New York Magazine says, "[It] treats [you] like family while executing home-style cooking as solid as my mom’s.”
2950 Broadway at 116 street New York, NY 10027 212.854.6675
Monday - Sunday (daily) 8:00am - 12:00pm
After 8pm, receive a sandwich/salad, chips, a fountain soda and a cookie for just $7.95
Boasting some of the best coffee brews, sandwiches and stews around town, Brad's is a quick and convenient spot to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner. Created by the guys behind some of Columbia University's other favorite spots: Campo, Nonna and Firehouse Tavern.
A complimentary glass of Prosecco with the purchase of an entrée
A forum for Lincoln Center’s performing arts culture for nearly thirty years, Café Fiorello’s focal point is its sprawling bar filled with over fifty kinds of antipasti. With the timeless charm of a brasserie, the main dining room is finished in warm wood, mirrors, and brass.
Besides the hot and cold antipasti specialties of vegetables and seafood, the menu features updated Italian classics and specialty Roman dishes. There is a large selection of seafood, steak, veal & pasta.
The name of Café Frida conjures Mexico, where magic and joy are part of everyday life, a place of splendor and avant garde, of unique art of colors and mystery. Mexican food is a ritual of flavors, aromas, colors, and textures dedicated to the soul. Café Frida's intention is to rescue the authenticity of Mexican food, and to explore one of the most wonderful culinary niches in the world. Enjoy the freshly made guacamole, served in a volcanic stone mortar; the sizeable shrimp, seasoned and grilled to order; or the tacos, available with various fillings, including five different meat options. While the restaurant interior is beautiful, the best place to spend some time, come the warmer months, will be the cozy and lush back garden, a perfect escape from the noise of the city outside.
Dish price range: $6-$26
*Discount applies to Columbia affiliate only (CUID/CAAL card holder)
249 Columbus Ave. between 71st and 72nd Sts. New York, NY 10023 212-579-9929
Mon - Thurs: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm Fri - Sat: 9:00 am - 12:00 am Sun: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
10% off Monday - Friday*
Ronda means circle, the movement and flow of energy, the constant crossing of cultures and people. Café Ronda serves cuisine from throughout the Latin and Mediterranean worlds, enjoyed in a romantic setting. Try the Mexican-style grilled corn, covered in cheese; a pressed Cuban sandwich; or a steak, grilled to perfection and served with a delicious garlicky sauce.
Dish price range: $9-$29
*Discount applies to Columbia affiliate only (CUID/CAAL card holder)
85 MacDougal Street (near Bleecker) 212.673.8184
Prix-Fixe is offered to Columbia for $30 ($5 off)
With the air of a secret find on an out-of-the-way Paris street, this terrific little Village bistro's French-American fare comes via a sweet staff; it can be a squeeze, but it's romantic for dining a deux. P.S. try the cooking classes or don a blindfold for one of their 'Dark Dining' events (Zagats).
Dish price range: $17-$24 Columbia Prix-Fixe: $30
New special: Monday Night Crepe and a Glass of Wine for $10.
Come to Covo and discover that a good dining experience comes from the best ingredients - not the most gimmicky assortment of them. The restaurant stands in a beautiful 120 year old building (a former Manhattanville train station), with a capacity to host small and big parties (up to 100 people) on the first floor, 70 people on the second floor, and 60 people in the sidewalk cafe for an al fresco lunch or dinner. With housemade pastas, breads, and sauces, Covo serves the most satisfying meals of genuine, tasty, and hearty italian food.
359 West Broadway (at Broome St) 212.925.2898
Sun-Thu 7:30am-midnight Fri 8am-1am Sat 8am-2am
10% off the final bill
The Cupping Room, established in 1977, was originally a wholesale coffee distributor that brewed various coffees and teas. Prospective customers tasted these different blends in a process known as "cupping," hence the restaurant's name. The Cupping Room is housed in a landmark building that is over one hundred years old. The tin ceiling, pot belly stove, and exposed brick walls are part of the original décor. Through the years, the Cupping Room expanded from a local café to a full service restaurant, which is family owned and operated, and now serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner 365 days a year.
Free glass of prosecco or champagne with any entree purchase (or non-alcholic beverage if under 21)
From a very young age, Craig Cupani's fondest memories were of dinners in the family kitchen. Raised in an Italian American home, the kitchen was the gathering place for family, neighbors, and friends. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1988, Craig worked his way through the ranks to become Executive Sous Chef at the world famous '21' Club on E. 52nd Street. He was recruited away from '21' to become the Executive Chef of Butterfield 81, restaurateur Ken Aretsky’s neighborhood restaurant on the Upper East Side. Now at the Glass House Tavern, Cupani brings his creativity to New York’s theatre district. Glass House Tavern offers contemporary American cuisine along with a bar menu to satisfy any craving.
Dish price range: $6.95-$29.95 Prix Fixe Dinner: $29.95
Offer is available at the Amsterdam Avenue Location only
433 Amsterdam Avenue at 81st Street 212.579.5655
Mon 5pm-11pm Tues-Fri 5pm-12am Sat 12:30pm-12am Sun 12:30pm-11pm
Free order of edamame per table at the Amsterdam Avenue location
Haru is a modern Japanese restaurant group with nine high-profile locations in Manhattan, Boston, and Philadelphia. The restaurant on Amsterdam Avenue, the original Haru, is one of the longest standing establishments on the Upper West Side's "restaurant row," and features an inventive menu that includes signature dishes like carpaccios, tartares, filet mignon, grilled spicy shrimp, and specialty sushi rolls.
2608 Broadway Between 98th and 99th Streets New York, NY 10024 212.222.1554
Daily 10:30am - 12:00am
10% off the final bill at the 99th and Broadway location
To chickpea connoisseurs, making hummus is a fine art, one they seem to have mastered at this sliver of an Upper West Side restaurant where the single-minded menu consists of several thick versions of the Middle Eastern spread, accessorized with puffy pita, pickles, and hot sauce. A proprietary brand of imported white tahini is the not-so-secret ingredient, giving the spread its pale-beige color and ineluctably rich flavor (the hummus operandi tending toward the smooth and nutty versus the coarse and lemony). Purists can order it relatively unadorned, with just a swirl of good extra-virgin olive oil and a dusting of cumin, paprika, and parsley, or up the bean quotient with two variations on the theme: one topped with warm, soft whole chickpeas (masbacha), the other with earthy, slow-cooked favas and a sliced hardboiled egg (called foul, pronounced “fool”).
Brunch entree and beverage for just $10 on the weekend (before 11:30am). 1/2 price bottle of wine on Monday
Chef Ryan Skeen consulted on the Italian bill of fare at this Upper West Side restaurant, a revamp of the former Campo space. Crowd-pleasing favorites, like spaghetti and meatballs and chicken Parmesan rollatine, share menu space with more-sophisticated plates, including porchetta with pickled red-onion relish on ciabatta. The 140-seat canteen features exposed-brick walls and a long mahogany bar.
Guests are always impressed by the scope and creativity of the menu selections at L'Ecole. Their surprise turns to amazement, however, when they discover that every one of the spectacular dishes is prepared not by top New York chefs, but by French Culinary Institute students. In a city where excellence is a price of entry, even the savviest diners have trouble believing that students could perform at such a high level. Dishes are contemporary French, and spiced with an array of ethnic influences that make each one especially memorable. Bon appetit!
Price range: $28, three-course Prix Fixe lunch menu $42, four and five-course Prix Fixe dinner menu
$31 Three Course Prix-Fixe, Available Sunday - Thursday (closed Tuesdays)
Miranda Restaurant unites the bold flavors of Latin America and Italy through inspired, healthful cuisine. Set just off Bedfordʼs beaten path in a century old building - Miranda brings a unique neighborhood charm and history that serve as a reminder of the communityʼs roots. In support of this spirit, wife and husband owners, Sasha and Mauricio Miranda utilize local ingredients and services wherever possible. Miranda is located at 80 Berry Street in Brooklyn. For details call 718.387.0711 or visit www.mirandarestaurant.com.
Critics agree Molyvos serves perhaps the finest example of Greek cuisine in New York, and beyond. The New York Times awarded Molyvos three stars shortly after opening in May of 1997. Esquire's restaurant reviewer John Mariani named Molyvos among the "Best in America" that same year. Continuing on its path of excellence, New York Magazine named Molyvos to its New York restaurant list for the "Best of 1999," and Time Out New York featured this outstanding Greek restaurant in its list of "NY's Top 100" for 2000. Molyvos' menu is built upon the home-style cooking of Greece, with dishes elevated through the talents and professional expertise of executive chef James Botsacos. He prepares each of the authentic recipes using classical cooking techniques, and the superior ingredients available to him in New York, such as prime meats, greenmarket vegetables, and day boat fish, and then seasons the food with flavorful stocks and fresh herbs. You can see the difference in the taste and beautiful presentation of Molyvos' classics such as grilled baby octopus, Cretan bread salad, stifado, lamb yuvetsi, and the best baklava in New York.
Mughlai has been serving North Indian delicacies to throngs of Upper West Side residents since 1980. Offering the first glass-enclosed tandoori oven in North America, Mughlai helped transform the landscape of Indian cuisine and educate the masses. Watch as the chef masterfully bakes fluffy naan breads, or skewers whole chickens right before your eyes. Located within walking distance of such notable attractions as Central Park, AMC IMAX theatres, Lincoln Center, and the American Museum of Natural History.
10% off the final bill (does not apply to Prix-Fixe)
Opened in 1994, Nick & Toni's Cafe is the Manhattan offshoot of the eponymous East Hampton Restaurant. Hand painted frescos decorate the walls and a wood burning oven anchors this intimate Upper West Side restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner, its proximity to Lincoln Center on 67th Street makes Nick & Toni's Cafe a perfect spot for pre or post theater dining.
Dish price range: $9-$30
*Discount cannot be used with any other promotional menu ie: prix fixe, Movie & Lunch/Dinner
Dinner & A Movie On Sunday & Monday for Lunch or Dinner, enjoy a 2 course menu that includes a Voucher for any AMC movie theater. The menu offers a choice of three appetizers and three entrees and the movie voucher for $28.00.
10% off the final bill (food only), Mondays and Tuesdays
Since its opening in 2001 to great acclaim, Ouest Restaurant has largely been considered a beacon for fine dining on New York City's Upper West Side. It is listed as one of New York's top restaurants by New York Magazine and Zagats. Chef and owner Tom Valenti, hailed as by Ed Levine as the "Flavor King of New York", continues to offer a delicious new twist on Nouveau American cuisine.
Dinner: Mon-Fri 3pm-11:30pm Sat 3pm-12pm Sun 3pm-11pm
10% off the final bill Mon - Thurs; free mimosa with brunch entree on Saturday and Sunday*
Chef Lino Singh serves simple, extraordinary fare at this Upper West Side favorite. Pappardella named after its namesake flat fresh egg noodle combines a relaxed, rustic ambience with a Tuscan inspired menu including classics like an unparalleled chicken parmegiano, spaghetti with meatballs, pappardella buttera, thin crusted pizzas and delicious salads. Weather permitting, food and wines are served in the beautiful outdoor terrace. Pappardella features an extensive list of home made pastas, classic family style favorites and a diverse selection of affordable wines and specialty cocktails. There is something to be had for every occasion; an ice cream cone at the walkup gelato stand, a glass of wine during happy hour, brunch on the weekends, a scrumptious and affordable three course prix fixe dinner ($25 Mon-Thurs), a romantic tete a tete, or a group event on and off premise for business or social occasions.
A complimentary glass of Prosecco with the purchase of an entrée
Fifty feet from Carnegie Hall and near Central Park South and all midtown hotels, The Redeye Grill derives its name from the infamous late-night flight linking America's two cultural hubs. The fusion of the two coasts is present both in this grand café's interior design and its menu. The centerpiece of the restaurant is the fabulous dancing shrimp, sushi and raw bar - bookended by two giant bronze dancing shrimp sculptures specially crafted in Italy.
Floor-to-ceiling columns are painted with New York scenes by New York and California artists, and a giant mural depicting Hollywood greats carousing in a saloon marks the beginning of the California Room.
Say Cheese & Other Foods That Make You Smile is a NEW “Farm to Table” Take Out Restaurant that serves Gourmet Grilled Cheese & Other Childhood Favorites! Among these include Creamy Mac & Cheese, Fresh Fruit Sno Cones, Hearty Soups, S’Mores & a line of Homemade Lemonades & Iced Teas. They also serve breakfast on the weekends which includes: Walking French Toast & Gourmet Donuts. Say Cheese is the perfect place to enjoy a Grilled Cheese & Soup on a rainy day inside at one of their tables among the unique, vintage decor or perfect to take a sandwich to go and walk over to Central Park. At Say Cheese, they believe in “Farm to Glass.” Their line of Homemade Iced Tea’s & Lemonades are made with fresh squeezed fruits & vegetables. They create herb infused simple syrups & incorporate natural sweeteners such as honey & agave. They also use this method with their Fresh Fruit Sno Cones with flavors like Watermelon Mint, Concord Grape, Rosemary Lemon & Mango Lime with Chili Powder!
Sun-Wed 11:30am-4pm and 5pm-10:30pm Thurs 11:30am-4pm and 5pm-11:30pm Fri-Sat 11:30am-4pm and 5pm-midnight
10% off the final bill; dinner only. One free glass of prosecco with each brunch purchased.
Sezz Medi provides an array of tantalizing dishes featuring the finest seafood, meats and vegetable available. Chef Angelo Sessa and his team take great care in the preparation of each item. Featured dishes include mouth-watering warm shrimp appetizer, crisp endive and pecorino salad, wood fired brick oven pizza's and a sinful Sezz Chocolate cake.
Dish price range: $10-$27
*For brunch, you must be 21 years old in order to have the prosecco otherwise they will offer a free juice or soda.
462 Amsterdam Avenue at 82nd Street 212.400.4036
20% off the final bill
This fetching tapas spot on the Upper West Side is the real deal: it serves 31 Spanish small plates and 50 Spanish wines, no international fusion experiments here. Featuring the best authentic Iberian cuisine in New York, their range of salads, fish, chicken, sausages, vegetarian and steak tapas will satisfy all tastes. Try the mocha flan or house dessert for some of the best desserts in the city.
10% off the final bill; dinner only. Sunday-Thursday
Only at SUSHISAMBA will you find a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, music and design. SUSHISAMBA is born of the energy and spirit of these three distinct cultures; a tri-cultural coalition that took root in the early 20th century. Hearty moquecas and colorful seviches found a place at the table along side simple miso soup and tender sashimi. SUSHISAMBA serves these traditional dishes, plus more inventive fare, including Sashimi Seviche, Tuna Tataki and Wagyu Beef Gunkan. Equal parts imagination and history, the SUSHISAMBA experience is truly unique.
Dish price range: $7-$32
SAMBABRUNCH Every Saturday and Sunday, 11:30am-3:30pm, they've got a delicious brunch for every style bunch! Think pancakes, eggs bennie, apple-smoked bacon and more. Or, you can try the authentic Brazilian Feijoada, a rich stew of black beans and savory meats served with rice, collard greens, farofa and fresh orange slices. Don't beat around the brunch - call 212.475.9377 to make your reservations today!
SAMBAHOUR Join SUSHISAMBA Sunday-Thursday, 4 - 7pm and 11pm - close for a cultural SAMBAHOUR! You'll enjoy $6 bites, $5 beer, $6 cocktails and more! Every month will be dedicated to one of their countries of inspiration: Japan, Brazil or Peru. It's the perfect way to unwind with friends or co-workers after a hectic day. Call 212.475.9377 for more info.
Complimentary glass of Prosecco with purchase of an entrée
Across from Carnegie Hall, Trattoria Dell’Arte features the largest antipasto bar in New York, a sprawling selection of seafood and vegetable specialties perfect for parties of all sizes. Designed after a Tuscan artist’s studio, the rooms include half-finished paintings, oversized sculptures of fragmented body parts, a gallery of Italian noses, a wine cellar dining room, and a candle-filled private room.
The menu focuses on northern Italian specialties such as the steak Florentine, double veal chop, seafood specialties of the Mediterranean, and unforgettable dessert.
1185 Sixth Avenue at 46th Street 212.575.2525
Mon-Thu noon-3pm and 5:30pm-11pm Fri-Sat noon-3pm and 5:30pm-11:30pm Sun noon-3pm and 5:30pm-10pm
15% off the final bill; a la cart menu only. (This does not apply to the buffet for lunch and evening broadway menu.)
At Utsav you can savor a contemporary dining experience that does not compromise the traditional flavors that embody the festiveness of authentic Indian cuisine. Within an atmosphere of relaxed elegance, diners experience a blend of sophisticated flavors from the piquant offerings of the Konkan coastline to the temperate flavors of Kashmir. From the delicately spiced seafood of Bengal to the richly flavored curries of Punjab. Their cuisine reflects the flavors of the Mughal empire, the British Raj and beyond to which Indian cuisine has evolved today.
Open air seating available in the plaza where the restaurant is located. Covered on top so perfect for even rainy days! The entire menu is available to be served outdoors.
Everything you have heard about Victor's Cafe is true. After celebrating 45 years, this family-run New York treasure is still getting it right. Consistently serving fine authentic Cuban cuisine in New York City, the zesty black beans, the roast suckling pig, the paella, and the tropical sangria are still as delicious as ever. Perfect for a pre- or post- theater meal, business lunch, private party or simply to enjoy the perfect mojito in the Cuba Lounge. Stop by Manhattan's Cuban connection for it's unforgettable fare that is sure to keep you coming back.