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Life is about as storied a café as you’re likely to find in the East Village: For almost a quarter-century it has fed the artists, actors, and assorted bohemians who hang around this corner of Tompkins Square Park, and its late patron Jonathan Larson immortalized it in his hit Broadway musical Rent. All of which doesn’t mean the food is good—or bad. The menu’s a hodgepodge—burritos, organic salads, Southern fried chicken, pastas, and a slew of vegetarian dishes. You’ll probably be happy with the three-bean chili or brunch (the usual egg dishes, a “vegan scramble,” plus alcohol options that include pints of beer), especially if you enjoy them out on the sidewalk, in the leafy shade from the park.Brunch
Sat.—Sun., 10 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
Daily, 4 p.m.—7 p.m. and 10 p.m.—midnight; $4 well drinks, $2 off draft beers, mojitos, and margaritas.