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Off-Campus Dining


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2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Only speaking for the medical campus. There isn't a lot of diversity.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: For New York, it is not the best.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Since Columbia is situated in a very diverse and vibrant community, there are tons of cuisines to pick from. If you head a few blocks down, you there are entire strips of restaurants ranging from Thai to Ramen to Indian to Ethiopian. Take your pick!

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Only thing I'm missing is a Brazilian option.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: You can't really go wrong with finding good food in the middle of New York City... it's the best!

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New York City has tons of great things to offer for culinary explorers, ranging from greasy dumplings in cramped Chinatown dives to five-star triple-figure dining experiences at swanky restaurants. Morningside Heights offers less exciting fare, but has a fair amount of variety for a small area. There are a handful of restaurants near Columbia, some of which are cheap, some of which are delicious, and few of which are both.

That being said, the convenience of food is often a determining factor for Columbia students. This means that delis such as Hamilton Deli, Milano Market, and Westside Market are crowded at lunch and dinner times, with students grabbing a sandwich or salad to try to smuggle into a library. These are popular options amongst students, as are diners such as Deluxe and the enormous-yet-cheap-and-convenient slices of pizza from Koronet.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Tom's Restaurant (weekends)
Best Asian
  • The Mill Korean Restaurant
  • Ollie's Restaurant
  • Saji's
  • Sookk
  • Wondee Siam V
Best Breakfast
  • Community Food & Juice
  • Deluxe
  • Tom's Restaurant
Best Coffee
  • Artopolis Espresso
  • Joe the Art of Coffee
  • Oren's Daily Roast
  • Starbucks
  • Uni Café
Best Dessert
  • Artopolis Espresso
  • Hungarian Pastry Shop
  • Le Monde
Best Healthy
  • Amir's Falafel
  • Community Food & Juice
  • Maoz Vegetarian
  • Westside Market
Best Late-Night
  • Hamilton Deli
  • Koronet Pizzeria
Best Mexican
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Mama Mexico
Best Pizza
  • Famous Famiglia
  • Koronet Pizzeria
Best Wings
  • Atomic Wings
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Domino's Pizza
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Le Monde
  • Sookk
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Community Food & Juice
  • Havana Central Restaurant & Bar
  • Le Monde
Other Places to Check Out
  • Amsterdam Restaurant & Tapas Lounge
  • Burger King
  • Café Lalo
  • Café Nana
  • Café Viva Gourmet Pizza
  • Cascabel Taqueria
  • Che Bella Pizza
  • Columbia Cottage
  • Covo Trattoria e Pizzeria
  • Crumbs Bake Shop
  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
  • El Porton Bar & Mexican Restaurant
  • Hooters
  • Hummus Place
  • Lion's Head Tavern
  • McDonald's
  • Milano Market
  • Mondel Chocolates
  • Nussbaum and Wu Bagel Bakery & Café
  • Pinnacle
  • Pisticci
  • Roti Roll
  • Serafina
  • Strokos Gourmet Deli
  • Taqueria Y Fonda
  • Thai Market
  • Toast
  • V&T Pizzeria & Restaurant
  • Vine Sushi
  • Wendy's
  • Zen Palate
Did You Know?
The exterior of Tom's appears in "Seinfeld," so watch out for tourists taking photos in front of it, but don't expect the inside to look the same as on TV-they use a different location for the interior.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Duane Reade
2864 Broadway
(212) 316-5113
Daily 24 hours
Morton Williams
2941 Broadway
(212) 666-4190
Daily 24 hours
Rite Aid
2833 Broadway
(212) 663-3135
Daily 24 hours
Westside Market
2840 Broadway
(212) 222-3367
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Amir's Falafel
Food: Mediterranean
2911 Broadway
(212) 749-7500
Price: $5-$10
Artopolis Espresso
Food: Coffee, dessert, wine
1090 Amsterdam Ave.
(212) 666-3744
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: All kinds of crepes and gelato
Atomic Wings
Food: American, wings
2090 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
(212) 666-2904
Price: $5-$10
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
139 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn
(718) 943-9453
Price: $8-$15
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Fast food, Mexican
2843 Broadway
(212) 222-1712
Price: $5-$10
Community Food & Juice
Food: American
2893 Broadway
(212) 665-2800
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Seasonal, organic, and local menu
Food: American
2896 Broadway
(212) 662-7900
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Great weekend brunch
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
965 Amsterdam Ave.
(212) 222-2000
Price: $10-$20
Famous Famiglia
Food: Italian, pizza
2859 Broadway
(212) 865-1234
Price: $10-$20
Hamilton Deli
Food: Breakfast, deli, sandwiches
1131 Amsterdam Ave.
(212) 749-8924
Price: $3-$8
Havana Central Restaurant & Bar
Food: Cuban
2911 Broadway
(212) 662-8830
Price: $15-$30
The Heights Bar & Grill
Food: American
2867 Broadway
(212) 866-7035
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Margaritas
Hungarian Pastry Shop
Food: Sweets
1030 Amsterdam Ave.
(212) 866-4230
Price: $3-$8
Jin Ramen
Food: Japanese
3183 Broadway
(646) 559-2862
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: A great, cheap ramen house just blocks away from campus
Joe the Art of Coffee
Food: Coffee/tea
514 Columbus Ave.
(212) 875-0100
Price: $3-$8
Koronet Pizzeria
Food: Italian
2848 Broadway
(212) 222-1566
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: The absolute biggest slice of pizza you've ever seen (or attempted to eat)
Le Monde
Food: French
2885 Broadway
(212) 531-3939
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Great French décor
Mama Mexico
Food: Mexican
2672 Broadway
(212) 864-2323
Price: $15-$30
Maoz Vegetarian
Food: American, vegetarian
2857 Broadway
(212) 222-6464
Price: $5-$10
Max SoHa
Food: Italian
1262 Amsterdam Ave.
(212) 531-2221
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Good Italian food slightly off the beaten Columbia track
Mel's Burger Bar
Food: Burgers
2850 Broadway
(212) 865-7100
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: A variety of spiked milkshakes
The Mill Korean Restaurant
Food: Korean
2895 Broadway
(212) 666-7653
Price: $10-$20
Ollie's Restaurant
Food: Chinese, noodles
2957 Broadway
(212) 932-3300
Price: $8-$15
Oren's Daily Roast
Food: Coffee/tea
2882 Broadway
(212) 749-8779
Price: $3-$8
Food: Frozen yogurt
2873 Broadway
(212) 222-0191
Price: $3-$8
Food: Japanese and sushi
256 W. 109th St. (between Amsterdam and Broadway)
(212) 749-1834
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Cheap sushi, fast delivery
Food: Thai
2686 Broadway
(212) 870-0253
Price: $8-$15
Food: Coffee/tea
2929 Broadway
(212) 932-0300
Price: $3-$8
Symposium Greek Restaurant
Food: Greek
544 W. 113th St.
(212) 865-1011
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: The sweet staff and sweet, sweet sangria
Tom's Restaurant
Food: American
2880 Broadway
(212) 864-6137
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Before you go inside, you can look at the sign, and pretend you're on "Seinfeld." Then, you can stop acting like a dork and eat lunch.
Uni Café
Food: American
2937 Broadway
(212) 662-1000
Price: $5-$10
Wondee Siam V
Food: Thai
969 Amsterdam Ave.
(212) 531-1788
Price: $8-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 100 responses

Very poor
  • 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 101 responses

  • 68% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 22% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 4% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 6% An endless repetition of the same few places.


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