Campus Dining

Riverdale, NY
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1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is bad here if you have a meal plan.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I thought it was going to be difficult finding something to eat that I would like coming from home. I was wrong. There are so many options in the main caf, Lockes Loft. We also have a starbucks that's open late so we do not have to leave campus. The food staff is extremely nice to everyone. The new student building is opening soon with even more food options

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1 College Junior

Campus Dining: food sucks, hard to eat healthy on campus

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Lockes is well.... lockes. But there are many good restaurants.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Its okay because sometimes the food looks and tastes gross, but there are various places that you can go to eat something else, but it would cost more money.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 237th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 252nd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 282nd
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 467th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 537th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cecilio Gomez
Communications/Spanish and Business minors
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The Manhattan College dining halls are very unpredictable, to say the least. At times, students can be very pleased with the food and love it. But then, the very next day, students can be very upset with the food and hate it—mostly Locke’s Loft. Luckily, Locke’s is a buffet-style diner and if you don’t like some of the foods in one section, you can get food from another section. Dante’s Den is also a diner that is fairly inconsistent with the food selection. They also require students to purchase food by using money on their student ID cards. 

The Leo Engineering Building has its own cafeteria, so engineering students don’t have to walk back to campus and then back down for classes. This cafeteria requires student meal swipes and is pretty decent; it is also right next to the campus bookstore. Overall, students may complain about dining's consistency with good food, but there is something for everybody. You will never see a student not eating—there is always something for everybody. Manhattan College may not be like other colleges and have some big-time restaurants or fast food places, but the dining halls are decent. If you don’t want anything from the College, you could always walk right down to Broadway and eat at many of the off-campus spots, like Burger King or Chinese.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$11420 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Mandatory 19-meals-per-week plan
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Dante's Den
  • Locke's Loft
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bacon and eggs
  • Bagels
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Chicken Caesar salad/wraps
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Student Favorites
  • Dante's Den
  • Plato's Cave
Special Options
There are commuter meal plans for commuters and grad students.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Café 1853
Location: Thomas Hall
Food: All natural
Hours: Monday–Thursday 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Dante's Den
Location: 3rd Floor, Thomas Hall
Food: Similar to Locke's Loft, with more hot food choices.
Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Leo's Café
Location: Leo Hall
Food: Coffee, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Locke's Loft
Location: 4th Floor, Thomas Hall
Food: Buffet serving pizza, grilled cheese, burgers, salads and dessert.
Hours: Daily 7:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Location: Thomas Hall
Food: Coffee
Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–12 a.m., Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m.–12 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 24 responses

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  • Availability
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options


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