Campus Dining

Location
New York, NY
Undergrads
21,247
Tuition
$44,958
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dining is pretty average but there's a lot of choices.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Pretty good but can get repetitive

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: Meal plans are expensive, and all of the freshman dorms require students to have one. The food is excellent though! NYC is expensive and that includes the food, so I figure if I'm going to spend a lot of money on meals and food, I may as well make it convenient for myself. Also, there is a Starbucks, Argo Tea, and Dunkin Donuts on campus where you can use dining dollars (which come with your meal plan) for coffee, etc.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I haven't has one complaint with campus dining aside from the fact that the meal plan is outrageously expensive and your meal swipes do not roll over. Aside from that the food is very good and there are as many options as anyone could ask for.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are many different kinds of meal plans to choose from. Also there are a lot of dining halls on campus. You can't get around that fact that it is dining hall food after all, but I think in general NYU students are happy with the quality food/ menu variety. Most importantly for me, there are plenty of vegetarian options. Hayden is the best for vegetarians/vegans. Kimmel has the best salad bar.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 4th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 15th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 17th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 21st
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 45th
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Victoria Adesoba
Hometown
Downtown Brooklyn
Major
Chemistry
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NYU was recently rated one of the best universities in the country for vegans and vegetarians. While it is true that there are many options for carnivores, herbivores, and everyone in between, dining hall food can still get old fast. There are eight dining halls on campus, which make for some nice variety, but many students still tire of dining hall food before the end of their freshman year. All dining halls offer a to-go option, and you can pay with your meal plan, NYU Campus Cash, real cash, or credit card. Six of the dining halls are all-you-can-eat—which can be either a blessing or a curse. Two dining halls right on campus, Upstein and Kimmel, offer "meal exchanges," which translate to an entrée, side, and drink for a swipe.

All upperclassmen can opt to have or not have a meal plan, since all upperclassman dorms are equipped with kitchens. Freshmen who live in traditional halls are required to have a meal plan. For those living at Third North, the meal plan is optional, as each suite has a kitchen. Most freshmen actually enjoy having a meal plan since it eliminates the stress of having to worry about the source of your next meal. More importantly, the dining halls are great places to make friends and socialize. The dining hall staff is always great, and the nicer you are to them, the bigger slice of steak you get. Overall, NYU does a great job of providing students with a variety of healthy options, and if you get bored with the cafeteria, you have hundreds of restaurants at your disposal, even within campus grounds.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
19
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4458 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All freshmen living in residential housing must have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
The Kimmel Center Market Place
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Starbucks
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Affordable breakfast from street vendors
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Pasta and pizza from Kimmel
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Ice cream
24-Hour Dining
None
Special Options
On their way to class each morning, many students buy $1.00 coffees, bagels, and pastries from street vendors located all over NYU’s campus. There are also vendor carts selling pretzels, hot dogs, roasted nuts, and various cooked meats for the student on the run and on a budget.
Did You Know?
Declining Dollars work the same as a debit card and allow you to purchase food at various dining facilities. You may add blocks of Declining Dollars in denominations of $15, $25, $50, or $100. Use them up before the semester is out because they do not transfer between semesters and are non-refundable.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Dunkin' Donuts
Location: 110 E. 14th St.
Food: Coffee and donuts
Hours: Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Hayden Dining Hall
Location: 33 Washington Square West
Food: All-you-can-eat, grill, pastries, salad bar, soup, vegan and vegetarian dishes
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Kimmel Center Market Place
Location: 60 Washington Square South, third floor Kimmel Center
Food: Grill, Italian, produce, rotisserie chicken and meats, sandwiches, world cuisine
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Kosher Eatery
Location: 5-11 University Place in the Weinstein Food Court
Food: Kosher
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 12:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Palladium Food Court
Location: 140 E. 14th St., third floor
Food: Deli, grill, Mediterranean, pizza, vegan, world cuisine
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Peet's Coffee
Location: 5-11 University Place
Food: Coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Rubin Dining Hall
Location: 35 Fifth Ave.
Food: Deli, grill, pastries, salad bar, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Starbucks at Faye's
Location: 45 W. Fourth St.
Food: Bagels, coffee, pastries, sandwiches, tea
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Third North Courtyard Café
Location: 75 Third Ave.
Food: All-you-can-eat, grill, made-to-order pasta, pastries, salad bar, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
U-Hall Commons Café
Location: 110 E. 14th St., U-Hall Commons
Food: Coffee and espresso drinks, pastries, sandwiches
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 4 p.m-10 p.m.
Weinstein Dining Hall
Location: 5-11 University Place, lower level
Food: Asian wok dishes, cereal, grill, ice cream, made-to-order sandwiches, pasta, pizza, salad bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Weinstein Food Court
Location: 5-11 University Place, street level
Food: Food court-style food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.-11 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 193 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 34% Palladium
  • 30% Kimmel
  • 12% Hayden
  • 9% Upstein
  • 5% University Hall
  • 5% Faye's
  • 2% Downstein
  • 2% I have been self-catered.

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 24 responses

  • 23% Dining Dollars
  • 17% Good dining halls
  • 13% Flex options
  • 11% The options are endless
  • 11% Dunkin Donuts and Chik-fil-a
  • 9% Hayden Dining Hall
  • 9% I don't have one
  • 6% Kimmel

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 21 responses

  • 43% Pricing
  • 23% I have too many meals left over.
  • 13% Pricing of items in C-Stores
  • 10% Too many options
  • 10% Not a lot of variety in dining halls

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 46% Third North Commons Cafe
  • 17% Nothing. Everything tastes just right! :)
  • 17% Downstein
  • 12% Hayden gets pretty lazy
  • 8% All dining halls in my opinion are basically equal

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