Element 93: Epitome of the Campus Cafe 

Often described as a restaurant akin to Panera, Element 93 offers a classic campus cafe experience. The name is derived from the 93rd element on the Periodic Table of Elements, Neptunium or "NP." Photo courtesy of Morgan Hughes.

Everyone on campus has opinions about the food options including Element 93. Their recent switch from their own coffee roasters to proudly serving Starbucks products has created some mixed opinions on the restaurant. Personally, I had never tried Element 93 until recently and I was very surprised by what they had to offer.

Upon first glance, their menu is overwhelming. They have a variety of options from soups, to wraps, to personalized sandwiches. On specific days, their menu highlights a certain type of food or ingredient, such as bacon grilled cheese day; A popular item that eventually became a permanent item on the menu. 

When I went I decided to order something a little bit out of my comfort zone, a cheeseburger on naan bread. I’m not a fan of burgers usually, but I was feeling adventurous for my meal that required me to trek across campus to obtain. 

The food was prepared in a timely manner, for which I give kudos to the staff because long wait times are a recurring issue at on campus eateries. There were many students eager to pick up their orders in the line. The sandwich was freshly made and although I’m not usually one to have a burger, it was very delicious. There was a spicy ketchup sauce and plenty of pickles, and I’d definitely recommend this sandwich. 

After hearing about how spectacular the grilled cheese was I decided to make the journey to Element 93 once again. I placed my order: a bacon grilled cheese accompanied with tomato soup, and I wasn’t disappointed. Grilled cheese and tomato soup is such a staple dish, and a familiar one to enjoy while juggling a busy schedule. 

This combination was phenomenal and I’ve heard similar reviews from my peers. 

Second-year marketing major Jake Myers, claims his favorite meal is the “bacon grilled cheese, if and when available.” 

Myers stated that the best time to go is from 2-3 p.m. 

“It’s usually busy from when it opens [at 7:30 a.m.] to around 2 p.m. but after that it starts to die down,” he explained.

In addition to a wonderful selection of food, Element 93 is conveniently located in Wooster Hall, which is perfect if you’re looking for a place to go in between classes. The energy and dynamic in the restaurant is different from other on campus dining locations. I noticed how most peers who eat together here aren’t super close friends, but rather partners in assignments or just general classmates. I’ve come to this conclusion after overhearing various conversations in this establishment regarding course materials, professor’s grading habits and other things relating to their studies. This dynamic is, in a short explanation, the epitome of a college coffee place, with the hustle and bustle of students in between enriching classes combining ideas with each other.

Element 93 is underrated and a restaurant you should definitely check out on campus. From a delicious menu to a cool and different environment, it’s a place that everyone on campus will enjoy. It’s open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, and located on the first floor of Wooster Hall. 

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Samantha (Sam) Salerno is a third-year performing arts major who has a passion for writing. This is her third semester on The Oracle. She spent the majority of her summer working for the publication, Fire Island News. You can reach her by emailing salernos2@newpaltz.edu.