Caffé Bene

Caffé Bene

(Now Closed)
Café, Bakery, and Dessert Shop$$$$
Theater District, New York
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  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJuly 15, 2013
    Bypass the espressos and cappuccinos for misugaru, a multigrain blend that tastes distinctly of barley but also contains black beans, sesame seeds and brown and black rices.
  • John C.heart icon on user image
    John ChunJanuary 11, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Nice library atmosphere with free wifi and power oulets. Decent food and pastry selections. As far as I remember,,their misugaru latte and belgium waffle was really goooood
  • Stina P.heart icon on user image
    Stina P.October 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pick a spot, any spot. The hanging bulbs, bookcase, and exposed brick are juxtaposed with the industrial steel decor and location in the middle of Times Square. Wifi, chill people, and available space
  • Adrienne C.heart icon on user image
    Adrienne CFebruary 25, 2013
    Red velvet latte is ridiculously tasty - I believe it is topped with crunchy pieces of the red velvet liege waffle, which brings me to my next point: there is an an astounding selection of waffles!
  • Ahmad S.
    Ahmad ShujaFebruary 20, 2014
    I've been here only once, and the neat little reading area is my favorite spot - good, non-trashy books to pick up & read. And considering how close it is to Times Square, the place was nice & quiet.
  • Ishe R.heart icon on user image
    Ishe R.December 3, 2016
    If you are going to attend a show close and it's getting chilly is a great spot to wait. There is also enough space in the back to work or have fun with friends. Great decoration!
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    MichaelApril 18, 2016
    Waffles and gelato are excellent. Do yourself a favor and get chocolate syrup on em. I loved the hazelnut gelato.
  • Minka Monica L.
    Minka Monica LiMarch 2, 2015
    Good place to hang out at during cold winters. I like the book cafe. And it's conveniently next to the Book of Mormon theatre in case you want coffee before the show.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListFebruary 4, 2012
    Coffee break: This South Korean coffee chain has opened a massive location in Midtown. Pastries, gelato, smoothies, sandwiches and waffles are all on offer. Read more
  • Richard F.
    Richard FrancisFebruary 18, 2013
    Book caffe in the back is a wonderful rest place to enjoy great coffee, good pastries, wide reading selection this is definitely not Starbucks!
  • Nicholas D.heart icon on user image
    Nicholas DoyleAugust 8, 2014
    Surprising respite from the chaos of Times Square. The cozy atmosphere and comforting, sugar glazed crunchy and fluffy waffles will have you settling in peacefully in no time.
  • 高手놀리밑™heart icon on user image
    高手놀리밑™March 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I'm a big fan of Korean style cafes because I like the decorations and some of the Korean desserts (misugaru latte!). The coffee and wifi here is also much better than Starbucks.
  • Nastia I.
    Nastia IlinaJuly 31, 2013
    Waffle was delicious but incredibly filling for a skinny person. 😍😍😍 masaguru (?) latte was sweet
  • B Z.
    B ZeidsMarch 19, 2014
    My new Times Square oasis. Times Square's hottest club is... Caffé Bene. This place has everything, chairs, tables, electrical outlets 👍👍
  • Erica
    EricaAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite place to hang out or have a coffee meeting in the area. A little pricey, but worth it for rental of a comfy work area upstairs.
  • Daniel G.heart icon on user image
    Daniel GarciaMay 1, 2015
    Surprisingly big for a Time Square cafè. Lots of seating, outlets, and beautiful atmosphere! Food is nothing amazing but it's not exactly horrible either. Open late so great for after hours studying!
  • UHNWIheart icon on user image
    UHNWINovember 25, 2013
    Great spot for those who are sick of the unprofessionalism of Starbucks, excellent coffee and good location within the Timesquare.
  • Find a Coffice
    Find a CofficeMarch 22, 2013
    Free WiFi and plenty of power outlets for all your gadgets. Get some coffee (and maybe a waffle) and get to work! Read more
  • Soyul Bia K.
    Soyul Bia KimAugust 30, 2012
    I always love the atmosphere here--though their cranberry almond misutgaru frappe tasted terrible... I'm assuming the baristas aren't that experienced. The cafe's fairly new anyway.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJuly 15, 2013
    Imported from Korea, this cafe's organic vibe provides a great escape from Times Square, although it is a bit pricey. Read more
  • Jannie
    JannieJuly 19, 2013
    Waffles in the flavor of your choice and in the summer, you must enjoy their strawberry bingsu - the red bean mixed with strawberry is out of this world!
  • Halil K.heart icon on user image
    Halil KaşkavalcıJune 1, 2015
    I always love bene's coffees. Location is quite big near Times Square. You can rest, charge your phone and enjoy great coffee.
  • Sonjaheart icon on user image
    SonjaNovember 15, 2014
    Amazing new coffee spot to work / freelance from! free wifi, cozy back room
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MutiaJuly 6, 2015
    You have to try their White Grape Yogurt Smoothie! I had mine with their carrot cake which was also quite good as well.
  • Chris
    ChrisFebruary 9, 2013
    Only place I've found in Times Square to sit and have a moment of peace. The coffee and baked goods are all above average quality for New York City.
  • Chenyuheart icon on user image
    ChenyuDecember 6, 2012
    I love their book store , music and environment - like an Asian hipster place as an alternative to Starbucks in midtown
  • Ricardo T.
    Ricardo TorresOctober 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Seems that they have only one person trained on how to make espresso and they are rarely around. Love the Misugaru latte and waffle with goat cheese so that's a plus
  • carolina v.
    carolina vargasApril 12, 2013
    I was delight with my visit in here.! You SHOLUD try the strawberry whipped cream waffles they are the best. Be sure you re getting the Fresh ones. Also the moka its awesome.
  • Constantin
    ConstantinSeptember 14, 2015
    Large and cozy interior! There is space for everyone. Nice place to work, but internet sucks! They need upgrade their internal network big time! <1Mbps is way to slow...
  • Times Square NYC
    Times Square NYCJuly 2, 2012
    So many snacks and beverages to choose from! One of our favorite places to grab coffee in the morning!
  • Karenheart icon on user image
    KarenJanuary 6, 2018
    Super cute library-styled room to relax in while you sip on hot cocoa. They have sandwiches here for a quick bite.
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    KarenMay 7, 2017
    Plenty of seating. The library room is awesome -- I love the feeling while I'm enjoying a hot cup of coffee and a pastry.
  • eFlirt Expert
    eFlirt ExpertApril 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Library chic! You'll be surrounded by books w/ some industrial design touches, but enjoy the comforts of coffee shop indulgences.
  • Billy K.
    Billy KeenlySeptember 16, 2014
    A nice reading room/seating area for those lucky enough to get a seat during peak hours.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJuly 15, 2013
    Cooked to order waffles are one of Caffe Bene's signatures
  • Sophie B.heart icon on user image
    Sophie BakalarJuly 24, 2015
    The food and coffee are terrible, but there aren't many places in midtown with wifi, outlets, and space. If you need a spot to do some work in the area, this is one of your best bets.
  • Haleigh T.
    Haleigh TutrowMarch 14, 2014
    This place is great! It's definitely not what was expected! The bubble tea was not the best I've had but the coffee's great and they have flavored waffles!
  • Joyce K.
    Joyce KimsingtonMarch 10, 2012
    You can study at the long tables (they have WiFi) or read a book/mag they have on the shelves!
  • Samantha T.
    Samantha TanMarch 17, 2012
    Beautiful cosy study area/library at the back, lots of plugpoints too for charging laptops and phones!
  • Colin
    ColinJanuary 31, 2012
    You can get Dough donuts here, so forget going out to Brooklyn. Book cafe in the back! The Living Wild picture book makes for good conversation :-)
  • Douglas S.heart icon on user image
    Douglas SouzaNovember 25, 2014
    Try the delicious afogatto, and the ginger muffin. Nice street view in a very cozy place!
  • drew t.heart icon on user image
    drew tarvinJune 8, 2015
    It feels like you're doing work in a library but instead of just books, they also have great snacks.
  • Martin S.
    Martin SlusarzJune 13, 2012
    This place is great. Wifi is light speed and you can work here - tables and lots of them. Starbucks beware!
  • ℳansour α.heart icon on user image
    I tried their cappuccino and...just not for me. They have many bakery options tho. Because of this one location, you may not find a seat (sometimes) although they have a huge seating area.
  • Raffaele C.
    Raffaele CiproFebruary 3, 2012
    I love this place. A cafe' in Europe was a place for discourse and ideas. Great arts and cultures were created in cafes...
  • Miriam B.heart icon on user image
    Miriam BurgosMarch 17, 2013
    Betsy!! she is the best. she is very nice and she has a great mood!. she is the best of bene!!
  • ReALTO
    ReALTOAugust 22, 2012
    "The iced americano ($2.25) is incredibly strong without tasting burned. The maple leaf latte ($4.35) is sweet without being sickeningly so, and if you get the right barista they will even draw..." Read more
  • LR Y.
    LR YAugust 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    A great place to go if you're having an existential crisis, since the verdict will probably be... No, you don't exist.
  • Jerry H.
    Jerry HongJanuary 29, 2013
    Get the red velvet latte and waffles!
  • Karl W.heart icon on user image
    Karl With A "K"October 12, 2015
    Great cafe in Times Square - there is a study in the back for getting work done.
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