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Authentic NY Pizza at NYC Cafe & Catering in San Juan Capistrano


After a fun day exploring the Mission San Juan Capistrano, the kids are always ready for a big lunch. All the excitement from exploring and learning in the hot sun builds up a big appetite for the kids. During Spring Break, the kids and I went to the Mission, and decided to try a new place for lunch, NYC Cafe & Catering.


I was able to pull-up a deal on my Groupon app, so we drove over to the cafe for lunch. Italian and Mediterranean Food in one place? I was a little nervous when first walking in the door, but the kind employees helped us to navigate our way around the menu.

Pizza or gyros? It was a tough decision, and the kids ended up all voting for the pizza.


We started lunch with our all-time favorite Italian appetizer – mozzarella sticks. Inside of the crispy breading was melted mozzarella that the kids devoured within minutes. The dipping sauce was not your traditional pizza sauce, but had a wide variety of Italian spices that complimented the mozzarella sticks perfectly.


Since my kids are big salad eaters, we shared the small caesar salad. The small salad was big enough for four of us to share, and still have plenty of leftovers to take home with us. They combined the perfect amount of dressing, but I would recommend ordering it “light” on the croutons.


Then it was time for the highlight of our meal – the pizza! The pizza was a thin crust NY style pizza that tasted just like it does in our favorite pizza place, in the Big Apple. It wasn’t too greasy, had just the perfect amount of cheese and not too much sauce – just the way we like it.


We couldn’t go into an NY style cafe without giving their cheesecake a try. After the first bite, we were all left daydreaming about our favorite NY memory. Although not as creamy as we usually get in NY, it was pretty close.


Next time your family is in San Juan Capistrano and looking for a delicious place to have lunch, I would recommend coming to the NYC Cafe and Catering. Next time that we are in the area, we can’t wait to come back to see how their Mediterranean food stands up to their authentic Italian cuisine.

NYC Catering and Cafe is located at 31888 Plaza Drive in San Juan Capistrano (in the Plaza Del Obispo Center). For take-out or reservations they can be reached by calling 949-234-0071 or online at

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