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SHAKING THE TREE OF LIFE (or) Fresh Life

May 20, 2011

It’s time, well, past time, to shake the tree of Life. And so we have, as you’ll notice.

We’ve lived with scaffolding surrounding the building that houses Life Café for too many months. Our landlords continue to work out their issues over renovations to the buildings leaving us stuck in the middle of their wrangling.

So to give our old tree a shake, I’ve brought in my good friend Darin Rubell, founder of Mercadito and owner of Gallery Bar and Ella in the Lower East Side. Darin’s brief is to re-vitalize Life Café. He loves the East Village and Life Cafe and sees the Cafe’s 30-year history as an essential part of the fabric of the area. His mission is to bring new life to the old girl! And he’s passionate to see this happen. To that end he’s brought in Chef Consultant Paul Yellin to breathe new life and taste into our menu, creating new twists on old favorites and introducing some exciting new ones. The new menu with its fresh graphic styling makes it easier to choose a menu item and it’s much more easy to handle.

First Readers of Redesigned Life Cafe Menu

It’s still the old Life, but when you come in you’ll feel the buzz and excitement from the staff and the customers alike over what’s going on. You’ll notice the improvements right away when you step through the door. This week saw a fresh coat of paint and a new look: a soft creamy white ceiling with soft grey accents brighten up the room. Out have gone our vintage TV’s and in have come flowers and a more open feel. Our cozy corner is still cozy but without the one-eyed monster looking down on you. A second black chalkboard wall helps announce our new specials. John Sunderland’s off-the-wall artwork of his menu-based picture riddles remain in house to continue our policy of connection with the arts and to spur lively conversation among customers.

Fresh Look for Life Cafe for Spring 2011

Outside in back our freshly planted secret garden became a lush tropical jungle this week with all the rain, whilst out front our new bistro style sidewalk café brings a surprisingly European flavor to the corner of 10th and B.

Spring Bursts open in Life Cafe's Garden

We hope you will enjoy the new life we are breathing into the old, just in time for the next thirty years! Tune in tomorrow for “Who’s that Yellin’ in the Kitchen?” where we’ll give you a look into the exciting flavors Chef Paul Yellin has created for us.


Dinner Specials @ Life Cafe 983

FREE DELIVERY 7 DAYS A WEEK
718-386-1133
Ask About Our Daily Specials

Delivery Area:
North to Grand, East to Cypress,
South to Stockholm, West to Broadway
Delivery Hours:

7 DAYS 11 am – Midnight
$10 Delivery Minimum

5/13-5/19

APPETIZER

JALAPENO POPPERS 5.99
stuffed with cheddar and jack cheese
with chipotle mayo for dipping

ENTREES

HANGER STEAK 14.99  
in a balsamic reduction
with mashed potatoes and French beans

BROOKLYN LAGER BATTERED FISH N CHIPS 12.99
with Cole slaw and tartar sauce

RIGATONI PASTA 12.99
in a mushroom chipotle cream sauce
topped with a breaded chicken cutlet

DESSERTS

CREPE 4.99
with banana, chocolate chips and candied walnuts
or
mixed berries


Life Cafe 983 – Personal Impressions

Troy Houldin

By John Sunderland, Artist at the Bar

On Exhibition
May 2011

Troy Houldin is the May artist at Life Café in Bushwick. I met him one early morning at the beginning of May when he came to the café to set up his exhibition of paintings and three-dimensional pieces.

Outside it was grey and miserable but Troy was in tee shirt and flip-flops sporting the deep tan he’d picked up during his winter working in the British Virgin Islands.

Troy strikes you as a young man who enjoys life- a life he appears to be very much in control of;  like his paintings. At first sight they appear to be abstract and random; painted fragments of this and that, repeated letter forms and numbers, clouds and planks of colour, patterns arranged in textural and tonal swaths and slices painted in colors straight out of a toy shop; a ragbag of shapes and forms collected from the the works, painted on board, are each individual and complete yet when viewed
collectively, patterns and rhythms appear. It’s then you discover nothing is random
or abstract here, like looking at a form of pictorial jazz in which dissonance and
dislocation comes round to square the visual circle.  Every mark, every line, every
colour, far from being random or chance comes together in his work as part of an
overall pleasing balance.

When I asked him what he’d been doing in the Caribbean over the winter he said he’d being doing construction, I wasn’t surprised; seemed like he’d been using a paintbrush as well as a hammer.

Troy Houldin’s Paintings and Works are on view throughout May at Life Café, 983Flushing Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn.


Dinner Specials @ Life Cafe 983

FREE DELIVERY 7 DAYS A WEEK
718-386-1133
Ask About Our Daily Specials

Delivery Area:
North to Grand, East to Cypress,
South to Stockholm, West to Broadway
Delivery Hours:

7 DAYS 11 am – Midnight
$10 Delivery Minimum

5/6-5/11

APPETIZER

CRAB CAKE 6.99
over a mesclun salad with tartar sauce

ENTREES

HANGER STEAK 14.99
in a red wine reduction
with mashed potatoes and asparagus

BEER BATTERED FISH N CHIPS 12.99
with Cole slaw and tartar sauce

BRAISED PORK SHANK 15.99
with mashed potatoes

CHICKEN MOLE ENCHILADA 11.99
with pinto beans and Mexican rice

DESSERTS

CREPE 4.99
with banana, chocolate chips and candied walnuts
or
mixed berries

COCONUT FLAN 3.99

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm


Chalk Talk – Menu Picture Riddle

I thought this was as surreal as you can get, an Abacus with eggs?

Easy does it with the sums!


Jonathan Larson Peasant Feasts at Life Cafe

We always welcome RENTheads at the East Village Life Cafe.

We just got an email from some good folks from the Liva Arts Company at the University of Scranton.  That’s Scranton, PA.  http://www.scranton.edu/liva

They just recently finished performing RENT as their Spring review and as a treat for their club they’re planning a trip to Manhattan and wanted to do something at Life Cafe. They wondered what kind of RENT themed pilgramage we do.

What we usually offer for groups like this is something we like to call our Jonathan Larson RENT Peasant Feast served family style. We seat you in the Jonathan Larson “Snug” in and among the Jonathan Larson Bench. During the meal we play the  soundtrack from RENT while you enjoy your food, browse through and sign the RENThead Registers and look around at the memorabilia on the walls. If Kathy Life is around, she’ll be happy to answer questions and talk a little bit about the old East Village and the RENT connection. And we have posters, t-shirts, caps and tote bags for sale so you can take home a memento of the event.

We call the meal a “Peasant Feast” after the “potluck” dinners Jonathan used to have with his friends back in the late 80s and early 90s. Everyone was pretty broke, so when they’d get together for a special event, everyone brought something to share to eat. And then they’d share a bit of what they’ve been working on creatively.

Below is a sample menu we’ve come up with. The pricing is $20 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity. And we are definitely able to make arrangements for vegetarians.

FAMILY STYLE PASSED PLATTERS

Fried Chicken  Platter
Roasted Herb Potato / Sweet Yams
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Steamed  Garlic Vegetables
Mixed Salad and House Dressing
Assorted Bread Rolls Basket

All RENTheads truly enjoy this experience. Please let us know when you’d like to come down and how many you are. We look forward to having you!

When you call ask for Paul or Darin, if you call after 1 pm. They’ll take care of you.