Off-Campus Dining

Location
New York, NY
Undergrads
9,524
Tuition (in-state)
$11,969 ($5,759)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's not enough dining places around the campus. You would have to go off campus and hike a number of blocks before you could see restaurants.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly just halal carts and stores where you can pick up a quick sandwich or something. But if you go down to the Columbia University area (you could take the M11 bus), you have more options.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food off-campus is bad. there is not much of a variety and you have to go far to find something good.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: theres more selection compare to the cafeteria

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It is good for buying salads.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 693rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 696th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Melissa Charles & Garri Rivkin
Hometown
New York, N.Y. & Vilnius, Lithuania
Major
International Development of Women through Arts & English Literature
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Off-campus dining in New York is like a little adventure every day. There are tons of restaurant options to choose from with tons of menu options at varied prices. Where City is located, there's a wide variety of cheap Chinese and Dominican restaurants alongside a small selection of Italian, Greek, Latino, and fast food restaurants. Picante, a restaurant known for its cheap meals, is close to City. Amsterdam Avenue, also located close to City, has an assortment of cafés and small food shops, but for anything fancier, going below 125th Street would be a better option. 

Below 125th, the options are exceptionally better and more diverse. Pret A Manger is an excellent place to go for fresh sandwiches, soups, and salads. This chain can be found throughout Manhattan, and the pricing is pretty reasonable. Guantanamera is a popular Cuban restaurant with an excellent menu, and you'll even get complementary hand-rolled cigars as gifts. Near Columbia University there are some neat places to dine, such as Le Monde, Max Caffé, and Massawa. Prices vary throughout the city, so it's a wise idea to have a budget beforehand, otherwise you may end up spending more than you want. Cafés, restaurants, and diners are always sprouting around the city, so don't head to the same spot every day. Go out looking for something new, rare, and delicious.

Facts & Statistics

Best Asian
  • Grand Sichuan
  • West Place
Best Breakfast
  • Bubby's Pie Company
  • Sarabeth's Kitchen
Best Healthy
  • Pret A Manger
  • Subway
Best Pizza
  • Lombardi's Pizza
  • Patsy's Pizzeria
Best Wings
Blondies
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • La Pregunta
  • Union Square Café
Other Places to Check Out
  • Collegiate Diner
  • Subway

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Blondies Original Buffalo Wings
Food: Wings
212 W 79th St.
(212) 362-3311
blondiessports.com
Bubby's Restaurant Bar-Bakery
Food: American
120 Hudson St.
(212) 219-0666
bubbys.com
Grand Sichuan International Eastern Inc.
Food: Chinese
1049 2nd Ave.
(212) 355-5855
thegrandsichuan.com
La Pregunta Arts Cafe
1528 Amsterdam Ave. #1
(347) 591-6387
lapregunta.net
Lombardi's Pizza
Food: Pizza
32 Spring St.
(212) 941-7994
firstpizza.com
Nadal One Deli
Food: Sandwiches
3381 Broadway
(212) 491-1733
Patsy's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
2287 1st Ave.
(212) 534-9783
patsyspizzeriany.com
Picante
3424 Broadway
(212) 234-6479
picanteny.com
Pret A Manger
Food: Deli
400 Park Ave.
(212) 207-3725
pret.com
Sarabeth's Kitchen
Food: Breakfast, American
1295 Madison Ave.
(212) 410-7335
sarabeth.com
Union Square Café
Food: American, Italian, seaonal
21 E 16th St.
(212) 243-4020
unionsquarecafe.com
West Place
Food: Chinese
1288 Amsterdam Ave.
(212) 932-9390

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 69 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 72 responses

  • 7% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 25% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 33% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 35% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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