A Cafe that has Reason to SoarFeatures Inside Feature
February 1, 2015
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Anthony Consillio
While times and the cost of living in paradise have changed over the years, diners still can rely on New Eagle Cafe for their favorite local-style comfort food at affordable prices.
Back in 1960, patrons who flocked to Eagles Cafe in downtown Honolulu’s Blais-dell Hotel on Fort Street could order up a New York-cut sirloin steak with french fries for a few dollars and some pocket change. Prices have adjusted accordingly over time, but the majority of the original menu items still are available for longtime customers and new generations of diners alike to enjoy.
The popular eatery currently resides in Nimitz Center, conveniently situated along Nimitz Highway in the heart of one of Honolulu’s bustling business districts. Owner Tae Im took over operations more than two years ago, and continues the restaurant’s rich legacy of serving stellar local-style favorites, while also providing excellent customer service. The restaurateur is well aware of the rich history New Eagle Cafe has established through its more than 80 years in business, and is committed to continuing the locale’s tradition of serving Island residents and visitors.
“I definitely want to continue to carry the torch, so to say,” Im says when describing New Eagle Cafe, which specializes in local comfort food made fresh to order. “We offer a friendly, homey atmosphere.”
Diners at New Eagle Cafe are treated to a diverse menu, which includes island-style concoctions such as Hawaiian Chopped Steak ($12). The dish is served on a sizzling platter with succulent steak and a tasty blend of celery, onion, tomatoes and bell peppers.
The establishment also offers a selection of sandwiches including French Dip ($10.65), a delicious classic composed of succulent roast beef and a popular au jus dipping sauce that customers clamor for.
In addition, customers will find perfectly cooked Prime Rib ($19.45), a large cut of tasty beef served with au jus, on the menu. And diners with a hearty appetite may opt for New Eagle’s “double cut,” which provides a larger portion of the tender meat for just $8.95 more.
Customers also enjoy a host of daily entrees available for lunch and dinner, including Garlic Chicken ($12) with savory garlic sauce and Korean-style Spicy Pork ($13), derived from a special recipe inspired by Im’s wife, which packs a flavorful, spicy punch.
“It’s based on my wife’s recipe, and it brings a lot of heat,” Im says.
Along with the restaurant’s exceptional value, Im wants diners to take advantage of New Eagle Cafe’s “complete meal deal” for an additional $4 coupled with any lunch or dinner entree purchase. With the meal deal, customers have a choice of tossed house salad or soup of the day, along with a selection of hot tea, iced tea or fountain drink, as well as dessert, be it pie, ice cream, sherbet or Jell-O.
Patrons also are encouraged to take advantage of multiple Early Bird Specials available daily from 3 to 5 p.m. Some of the tasty options include Spaghetti with Meat Sauce ($9.50, comes with garlic bread), Fish Katsu ($10.25), Chinese Chicken Salad ($9.75), Hamburger Steak ($10.50) and Beef Teriyaki ($10.50). These great deals are offered as dine-in meals and come with a choice of white rice, brown rice or fries (except for spaghetti and Chinese Chicken Salad).
New Eagle Cafe now is promoting its “Winter Special” for a limited time. On Mondays, keiki (up to age 10) eat for free with the purchase of an adult entree. Only kids menu items are eligible for the promotion, and beverages and desserts are not included in this can’t-miss ohana deal.
For the adults, New Eagle Cafe also serves beer and wine as a meal accompaniment, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Light, Heineken and Heineken Light, as well as House Chardonnay and House Cabernet. There is a $10 corkage fee for bottles, and wine is not served by the glass.
To learn more about the restaurant, check out daily specials, view the menu and find out about special events and happenings, visit NewEagleCafeHawaii.com.
New Eagle Cafe
1130 N. Nimitz Hwy. A100, Honolulu
545-2233 or 545-1136
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.