Life Cafe

★★★★☆

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Not only is the atmosphere inviting but the service is pretty good. If you're ever in East Village I would definitely stop by Life Cafe. The food and drinks are reasonably priced and it is not too crowded which makes it a perfect place to relax and enjoy a meal.

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★★★★☆

Not only is the atmosphere inviting but the service is pretty good. If you're ever in East Village I would definitely stop by Life Cafe. The food and drinks are reasonably priced and it is not too crowded which makes it a perfect place to relax and enjoy a meal.

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We have been ordering delivery from Life Cafe for a long time, primarilly because it is the only place that delivers (that isn't pizza) to where we live in East Williamsburg, but the delivery service has become SO bad that we can no longer be costumers. I can't tell you how many times our food has shown up cold, late (we're talking 30 minutes longer than we were TOLD it would take) and more times than not we are brought food that is NOT what we ordered or completely sub-standard. Its really dissapointing because we actually used to enjoy the food but its no longer worth the frustration.

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★★☆☆☆

We have been ordering delivery from Life Cafe for a long time, primarilly because it is the only place that delivers (that isn't pizza) to where we live in East Williamsburg, but the delivery service has become SO bad that we can no longer be costumers. I can't tell you how many times our food has shown up cold, late (we're talking 30 minutes longer than we were TOLD it would take) and more times than not we are brought food that is NOT what we ordered or completely sub-standard. Its really dissapointing because we actually used to enjoy the food but its no longer worth the frustration.

Pros: healthy food

Cons: terrible delivery service.

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It was originally an antique shop. Then a coffee house. Now, Life Cafe. Originally made for the artists of Thompkins Square, it's become an over priced, vegan friendly spot known for the $2.50 side of tofu sour cream. You can argue their hearts were in the right place in 1981, but now it's all about draining your wallet and firing their loyal staff a week before Christmas due to "changing for a different direction". Kathy Kirkpatrick wants your feedback, as long as it's positive. If it's not, the comment will go directly to the trash can, or worse, land you in the Unemployment Line.

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★☆☆☆☆

It was originally an antique shop. Then a coffee house. Now, Life Cafe. Originally made for the artists of Thompkins Square, it's become an over priced, vegan friendly spot known for the $2.50 side of tofu sour cream. You can argue their hearts were in the right place in 1981, but now it's all about draining your wallet and firing their loyal staff a week before Christmas due to "changing for a different direction". Kathy Kirkpatrick wants your feedback, as long as it's positive. If it's not, the comment will go directly to the trash can, or worse, land you in the Unemployment Line.

Pros: Good Servers, if they stay long enough to make a impression.

Cons: Horrible Management. The do not take negative feedback too well, "you are crazy". They, apparently, are not.

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Two words: Free Cocktails!

and free coffee with any Sunday Brunch order. I don't get hyped up over the fact that this is the cafe from RENT. This LES institution entices me with the succulent breakfast selection and the free mimosa or bloody mary that comes with your meal. I recommend their Eggs Blackstone (Benedict with bacon) and any of their Southwestern egg specialties. If you are a fan of specialty Bloody M's or 'mosas, then you must come here, prices on cocktails can't be beat.

Also, each time I've come, it has been with a group of 7 or 8 and we were seated within 10 minutes each time. Servers are fun but a little inexperienced. However I highly recommend. Also, if it's not too hot out, try the garden seating in the back.

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★★★★☆

Two words: Free Cocktails!

and free coffee with any Sunday Brunch order. I don't get hyped up over the fact that this is the cafe from RENT. This LES institution entices me with the succulent breakfast selection and the free mimosa or bloody mary that comes with your meal. I recommend their Eggs Blackstone (Benedict with bacon) and any of their Southwestern egg specialties. If you are a fan of specialty Bloody M's or 'mosas, then you must come here, prices on cocktails can't be beat.

Also, each time I've come, it has been with a group of 7 or 8 and we were seated within 10 minutes each time. Servers are fun but a little inexperienced. However I highly recommend. Also, if it's not too hot out, try the garden seating in the back.

Pros: Free Drinks, Fast Seating, Friendly Atmosphere

Cons: Avg. Service, Garden has only one fan (not for dog days of summer)

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I always have a great time when coming to LIFE CAFE. I've been here several times on plenty of occasions and enjoyed it everytime. They have really good margaritas, the ambience is perfect, the food is delicious. It is reasonably priced, and the wait staff is friendly, for the most part. I haven't had a bad experience, and I don't think I ever will at LIFE CAFE. The music is actually good too, Its a great place to check out when in the village, its worth the time. I highly recommend to.

5
★★★★★

I always have a great time when coming to LIFE CAFE. I've been here several times on plenty of occasions and enjoyed it everytime. They have really good margaritas, the ambience is perfect, the food is delicious. It is reasonably priced, and the wait staff is friendly, for the most part. I haven't had a bad experience, and I don't think I ever will at LIFE CAFE. The music is actually good too, Its a great place to check out when in the village, its worth the time. I highly recommend to.

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Even though the food was really good and I had a good time, the service wasn't all that great, but I would probably still go back because its not really crowded and the area is nice. The price isnt too bad either, I had an O.K time here.

4
★★★★☆

Even though the food was really good and I had a good time, the service wasn't all that great, but I would probably still go back because its not really crowded and the area is nice. The price isnt too bad either, I had an O.K time here.

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Even though I have lived in the neighborhood for awhile I just recently started going to Life. I went for a friend's birthday dinner and had an all-around great experience.

I've been back twice for brunch and the service was pretty awful both times. The wait time for menus, drinks, food, etc was ridiculous. This would be understandable if the place was packed, but it wasn't on either occasion. Both times we also experienced mixed up orders, the food going to all of the wrong people and basically just servers who may as well have been invisible. That being said, the food was good and the prices are right. If the service improved this place could go back to being a neighborhood gem.

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★★★☆☆

Even though I have lived in the neighborhood for awhile I just recently started going to Life. I went for a friend's birthday dinner and had an all-around great experience.

I've been back twice for brunch and the service was pretty awful both times. The wait time for menus, drinks, food, etc was ridiculous. This would be understandable if the place was packed, but it wasn't on either occasion. Both times we also experienced mixed up orders, the food going to all of the wrong people and basically just servers who may as well have been invisible. That being said, the food was good and the prices are right. If the service improved this place could go back to being a neighborhood gem.

Pros: excellent Japanese bloody marys, good prices

Cons: sloooow service

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I used to be able tolerate the bad service at Life Cafe. I used to think of it as a fun place to hang out with a friend and soak in the vibe but after the service I got there the last time I went, I will probably never go back.
The waitress plunked a lukewarm coffee down on the table and then took off before I could ask her for milk. Finally I had to ask the bus boy to bring me some milk and by then the coffee was practically cold. When my breakfast finally came it wasn't what I ordered so I had to wait for them to make what I ordered while my friend ate.
My friend's bacon was undercooked and almost all fat and we were sitting under a malfuntioning speaker that was vibrating so loud we had to shout at each other across the table. The staff was so unattentive except for one nice bus boy and the brunch is ridiculously overpriced for the quality of food you get.

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★★☆☆☆

I used to be able tolerate the bad service at Life Cafe. I used to think of it as a fun place to hang out with a friend and soak in the vibe but after the service I got there the last time I went, I will probably never go back.
The waitress plunked a lukewarm coffee down on the table and then took off before I could ask her for milk. Finally I had to ask the bus boy to bring me some milk and by then the coffee was practically cold. When my breakfast finally came it wasn't what I ordered so I had to wait for them to make what I ordered while my friend ate.
My friend's bacon was undercooked and almost all fat and we were sitting under a malfuntioning speaker that was vibrating so loud we had to shout at each other across the table. The staff was so unattentive except for one nice bus boy and the brunch is ridiculously overpriced for the quality of food you get.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Terrible service, completely unattentive waiting staff.

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The best thing about Life Cafe is the food... that's why I get delivery from there on an almost daily basis (I don't have time to cook). But the reason my friend Aiden and I go there at least twice a week is the vibe. It's known for being part of the story RENT, somehow... but I've never seen the play or movie. Alls I know is they've got the most welcoming and kewl, kewl staff that I've ever met in any place I've ever been in the whole WORLD. And that's saying a LOT, 'cuz I've been around. The staff (they claim) choose the music that's played there, so you can catch some pretty obscure stuff on their speakers... And they'd prolly shoot me for saying so, but there's a breakfast special that's not even on the menu... it's only for folks who've been going there for like 20 years and have always gone for it... it's 2 eggs, a side of bread, a side of like home fries or rice and beans, for $3.40... AND that includes unlimited coffee for free... It's so ridiculous I just thought that the public might like to know. Oh yea, and try one of the Blueberry frozen Margaritas. They're the best.

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★★★★★

The best thing about Life Cafe is the food... that's why I get delivery from there on an almost daily basis (I don't have time to cook). But the reason my friend Aiden and I go there at least twice a week is the vibe. It's known for being part of the story RENT, somehow... but I've never seen the play or movie. Alls I know is they've got the most welcoming and kewl, kewl staff that I've ever met in any place I've ever been in the whole WORLD. And that's saying a LOT, 'cuz I've been around. The staff (they claim) choose the music that's played there, so you can catch some pretty obscure stuff on their speakers... And they'd prolly shoot me for saying so, but there's a breakfast special that's not even on the menu... it's only for folks who've been going there for like 20 years and have always gone for it... it's 2 eggs, a side of bread, a side of like home fries or rice and beans, for $3.40... AND that includes unlimited coffee for free... It's so ridiculous I just thought that the public might like to know. Oh yea, and try one of the Blueberry frozen Margaritas. They're the best.

Pros: food is freshly made, fantastic, service rocks, place is relaxing, yet stimulating!

Cons: not open 24-7!

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I found Life Cafe on a list of New York vegetarian restaurants. I think the place must have changed hands since that came out, because there are few vegetarian options left on the menu. The food was pretty good though, and the drinks were great (and strong)! We had a blueberry margarita that made my night.

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★★★☆☆

I found Life Cafe on a list of New York vegetarian restaurants. I think the place must have changed hands since that came out, because there are few vegetarian options left on the menu. The food was pretty good though, and the drinks were great (and strong)! We had a blueberry margarita that made my night.

Pros: good drinks, ok food

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that's why I love this place so much. I think that--if I had decided to go into the restaurant biz--this is the kind of place I would have wound up creating. I think that everyone who comes to NYC should visit the East Village; and everyone who visits the East Village should eat at LIFE CAFE.
Life Cafe is featured in the story (play and movie) RENT, which is cool, and I often get delivery from there when I'm too lazy to go out, but when it's time to go out with the wifey, it's LIFE CAFE. Regardless of their claim to fame with RENT, they'd be successful anyway. Personally, I like to sit on the sidewalk cafe and people-watch, but my wife likes to sit in the garden, weather permitting. But the cool thing about sitting in the dining room is the music. Apparently, management lets the wait staff bring their own CDs (iPods and whatnot!). There's always an interesting and widely varied selection of things to be heard there. I find the cafe sticks pretty darn true to their roots as being "the Original East Village Experience". dig it. Dishes I'd recommend there: Burgers, of course. During breakfast or brunch, either the Huevos Merida or Huevos Rancheros if you're into eggs, or try the Monte Cristo sandwich. For dinner, the mussels are fantastic, great BBQ, and of course... errrr... the Burgers! :D

PROS: great prices for simple greatness
CONS: not open 24/7

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★★★★★

that's why I love this place so much. I think that--if I had decided to go into the restaurant biz--this is the kind of place I would have wound up creating. I think that everyone who comes to NYC should visit the East Village; and everyone who visits the East Village should eat at LIFE CAFE.
Life Cafe is featured in the story (play and movie) RENT, which is cool, and I often get delivery from there when I'm too lazy to go out, but when it's time to go out with the wifey, it's LIFE CAFE. Regardless of their claim to fame with RENT, they'd be successful anyway. Personally, I like to sit on the sidewalk cafe and people-watch, but my wife likes to sit in the garden, weather permitting. But the cool thing about sitting in the dining room is the music. Apparently, management lets the wait staff bring their own CDs (iPods and whatnot!). There's always an interesting and widely varied selection of things to be heard there. I find the cafe sticks pretty darn true to their roots as being "the Original East Village Experience". dig it. Dishes I'd recommend there: Burgers, of course. During breakfast or brunch, either the Huevos Merida or Huevos Rancheros if you're into eggs, or try the Monte Cristo sandwich. For dinner, the mussels are fantastic, great BBQ, and of course... errrr... the Burgers! :D

PROS: great prices for simple greatness
CONS: not open 24/7

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this place rawks! the music is always something cool, often they play stuff you've never heard before. The wait staff is hot (and they're pretty nice, too, which is always a plus), the drinks are awesome, the value kicks ass and the food is simply delicious. It's not one of those totally gourmet upscale blah blah blah experiences... it's just down-to-earth, homey and fun. Sometimes it gets really busy, but on weekdays, like 9 to 5 , it's pretty easy to get a seat by the window. They're totally gay friendly, and I can bring my vegan friends there 'cause apparently this place has been doing that kinda thang for a couple of decades... my veggie friends really love the food there, and lordie knows it's hard to find tasty vegetarian, even in NYC. Personally, I'll stick with the steak.

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★★★★★

this place rawks! the music is always something cool, often they play stuff you've never heard before. The wait staff is hot (and they're pretty nice, too, which is always a plus), the drinks are awesome, the value kicks ass and the food is simply delicious. It's not one of those totally gourmet upscale blah blah blah experiences... it's just down-to-earth, homey and fun. Sometimes it gets really busy, but on weekdays, like 9 to 5 , it's pretty easy to get a seat by the window. They're totally gay friendly, and I can bring my vegan friends there 'cause apparently this place has been doing that kinda thang for a couple of decades... my veggie friends really love the food there, and lordie knows it's hard to find tasty vegetarian, even in NYC. Personally, I'll stick with the steak.

Pros: diverse crowd, hot wait staff, great value

Cons: Brunch only on wkend!, waiters are hetero!

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the brunch offerings are basic but very tasty, and while the service is not the promptest, it wasn't bad, and the waitstaff is friendly. and it's nice to feel you're not being rushed out. and then you can have a walk around tompkins square park to digest!

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★★★★☆

the brunch offerings are basic but very tasty, and while the service is not the promptest, it wasn't bad, and the waitstaff is friendly. and it's nice to feel you're not being rushed out. and then you can have a walk around tompkins square park to digest!

Pros: good food, value, location

Cons: crowded

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I've been to the Life Cafe a handful of times and what pisses me off the most is having to bug the waiter about refilling my glass. Seriously, is it too much to ask that it never go empty? That's probably my only beef... better service.
I keep putting up with it for the insane meatloaf and mashed potatoes with baby carrots. I finally tried something besides that and ordered the quesadilla. It was so freaking small (but tasty). Sigh. Back to the meatloaf I suppose.

1
★★★☆☆

I've been to the Life Cafe a handful of times and what pisses me off the most is having to bug the waiter about refilling my glass. Seriously, is it too much to ask that it never go empty? That's probably my only beef... better service.
I keep putting up with it for the insane meatloaf and mashed potatoes with baby carrots. I finally tried something besides that and ordered the quesadilla. It was so freaking small (but tasty). Sigh. Back to the meatloaf I suppose.

Pros: food

Cons: , portions

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Life is great. Two spots to eat outside, a backyard garden and teh best place, on the corner. Amazing early summer drinks place. Service is fine and friendly and the prices are not bad. Just sit back, grab a bottle of Bud and watch the East Village characters strole by.

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★★★★★

Life is great. Two spots to eat outside, a backyard garden and teh best place, on the corner. Amazing early summer drinks place. Service is fine and friendly and the prices are not bad. Just sit back, grab a bottle of Bud and watch the East Village characters strole by.

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what is it about new yorkers that makes them feel as though they have some divine entitlement to instant gratification? when i go out to eat, i do it to relax, enjoy the atmosphere, and spend time with friends. that said, it's nice to find a place that doesn't try to rush you through your meal in order to cram in another table-full of people. the pricing is typical of most decent new york cafes, and the food was great. their menu is a good mix of vegan/vegetarian along with some downhome cookin..i tried the southern fried chicken with abourbon sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, and seasoned spinach, and it was all i could do to finish it, and they also have super cheap burger baskets. i'd also have to recommend their seasonal hot drinks..especially the flaming girl scout, yummy and a fun name too.

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★★★★★

what is it about new yorkers that makes them feel as though they have some divine entitlement to instant gratification? when i go out to eat, i do it to relax, enjoy the atmosphere, and spend time with friends. that said, it's nice to find a place that doesn't try to rush you through your meal in order to cram in another table-full of people. the pricing is typical of most decent new york cafes, and the food was great. their menu is a good mix of vegan/vegetarian along with some downhome cookin..i tried the southern fried chicken with abourbon sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, and seasoned spinach, and it was all i could do to finish it, and they also have super cheap burger baskets. i'd also have to recommend their seasonal hot drinks..especially the flaming girl scout, yummy and a fun name too.

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This place is absolutely terrible. Fine, do the on-the-park-and-cheap thing, but at least make a decent drink, or get people their food within an hour. I waited 45 minutes for a simple burger, that was after it took 20 to order it! Try 7A across the way, you're much better off. Life Cafe does make a good Sketchy Kaval Baquette though, try it out.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This place is absolutely terrible. Fine, do the on-the-park-and-cheap thing, but at least make a decent drink, or get people their food within an hour. I waited 45 minutes for a simple burger, that was after it took 20 to order it! Try 7A across the way, you're much better off. Life Cafe does make a good Sketchy Kaval Baquette though, try it out.

 

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