1980s East Village cafes still packing crowds

Restaurants have always had a short shelf life in New York.

But even in today’s frat bar-happy, quasi-Bridge and Tunnel East Village, some old-school eateries are still drawing crowds.

From the January 1986 issue of local arts newspaper the East Village Eye comes this ad for Life Cafe—once a refuge for the bloody and battered who were caught up in the Tompkins Square Park riots of the late 1980s.

I never knew Yaffa Cafe had a slogan. But here it is in their ad from the same newspaper.

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5 Responses to “1980s East Village cafes still packing crowds”

  1. Nabe News: August 4 - Bowery Boogie | A Lower East Side Chronicle Says:

    […] 1980s ads for Life Cafe and Yaffa Cafe in the East Village Eye [Ephemeral NY] […]

  2. petey Says:

    i ate in the yaffa a few times. once the dish was taking forever so i asked about it and was told “a glass broke and the pieces went in your order, so we had to make another one.” i appreciated that!

  3. melaniemusings2 Says:

    I remember Life Cafe and Yaffa Cafe since the 1980’s–still great–love the tofu scramble at Life and the crepes at Yaffa.

  4. Mr.J Says:


    Maaaaayyyybe an interesting ephemeral new york post?

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