“A beacon of folk in the city”
Anchoring the corner of Avenue A and 6th Street for nearly 30 years, Sidewalk Cafe is an East Village landmark, both a lively neighborhood haunt and a destination for seekers of a singular slice of authentic New York nightlife. Sidewalk is known for its thriving live entertainment scene, mouthwatering menu of modestly priced casual fare (particularly burgers made with meat ground on-site for superior taste and texture) and convivial bar, the site of one of Manhattan’s best Happy Hours. With three distinct spaces – Restaurant, Bar and Stage – offering three different reliably relaxed and always fun experiences, Sidewalk is open daily from 11 a.m to 4 a.m. SideWalk Cafe is an East Village landmark that, in addition to serving as a popular neighborhood dining spot, bar and burger joint, is recognized as an important venue for emerging singer-songwriters and other performing artists. Closed briefly in 2011 for a facelift, Sidewalk recently re-opened after extensive renovations that have reestablished it as a warm and welcoming home away from home for its customers. In the mid-1980s, when SideWalk opened at the corner of 6th Street and Avenue A, the East Village was caught in a swirl of societal cross-currents. On one hand, it pulsed with dynamic creative energy as adventurous galleries and performance spaces sprung up in storefronts and repurposed buildings – on the other hand there was also a tumultuous and edgy quality to the area. Sprawling eastward from Broadway, across St. Mark’s Place, past Tompkins Square Park to the wilderness of Avenue D, the neighborhood accommodated artists, squatters, transients, NYU students, Ukrainian and Polish families, Latino immigrants, old-time New Yorkers, newly arrived young professionals, and more than a few users and dealers of illicit substances.
'The SideWalk Open Stage is widely regarded as New York’s biggest and most well known, if not longest-running, open mic.' Everyone welcome, everyone performs. Sign-up at 7:30pm. Performances begin at 8pm.
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- Sat: 11:00 am - 4:00 am
- Fri: 12:00 pm - 4:00 am
- Mon - Thu: 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
- Sun: 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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