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Memorial Day Brunch at East Village

Join us  in the East Village on Monday May 31, for our famous brunch!

Served from 10am till 4:30 pm.

Sit at our outdoor cafe or flower filled garden and enjoy the day.

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Columbus Day at Life Cafe

Yeah, got a day off!
Let’s celebrate.

Come have brunch at Life Cafe East Village and Life Cafe 983 Bushwick
10 am


BRUNCH on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Join us for an extra day of brunch – the best brunch in the East Village, 10 am – 4:30 pm
Monday, January 19, 2009


New Art Exhibit – New Riddle Art Contest (Can you do it? Are you up to it?)
Weekly Riddle Raffle (just a reminder)

NEW ART EXHIBIT — Menu Riddle Gallery
An exhibition from a selection of the best from two years of our favorite John Sunderland Menu Riddle Art from both Life Cafes.
On display twice a month, the first and third Thursdays, January to May. Works available for sale.

These works are from our collection of weekly Picture Riddles based on items in the menus from both Life Cafés. THE ANSWERS ARE GIVEN! THE RIDDLES RESOLVED!

But we’re not letting you off the hook yet…the three pictures carry a common theme. Guess the common theme among them & win….

A bottle of champagne & a complimentary meal for two

Entry into a special raffle – Grand prize: an original commission
John will produce an original commission based on a riddle theme suggested by the winners (or a pastel portrait if preferred).

All you need to do is put your answer on a comment card & drop it in the box. We’ll pick winners on Thursdays when John changes the show.

John holds his “Master Class” in Riddle Art early afternoon every Thursday at the E. Village Café when he creates his original, surreal illustrations. Come watch.

WEEKLY RIDDLE RAFFLE (don’t forget it)
Each week on Thursdays at both Life Cafes we feature an original illustration by John Sunderland. Often bizarre and surreal, the images are our pictorial riddles – the answers to which you are invited to guess. The basis for the pictures and the source of inspiration comes from any item or term on any of our menus. Each week the Raffle is drawn and new winners can come to Life to claim their prize – A FREE BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE – to enjoy at the Café (we will email you). To enter, simply write your answer on a comment card with your contact info and pass it on to a member of our lovely staff.

The Writing On the Wall


Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. There is much to be thankful for. It’s true! To remind us, John wrote a poem on the wall at the East Village Life Café. It’s the little everyday things to be grateful for, and I was grateful for his reminder. We reproduced it below. I hope you enjoy it.

We launched Chef Vincent’s new brunch menu on Thanksgiving Day. While it was a rough start, as new menus often go, everyone got fed and enjoyed their meals immensely. A particular favorite by vegan and meat eaters alike is the “Tempeh Reuben Sandwich.” Go to the East Village Menus “Brunch” page where you’ll find it listed with all the other improvements and fun twists Chef’s done to the Life Café fare. We’ll soon have his rendition of our All Day Menu launched. And he’s already doing his dessert magic; like his delectable “Lemon Tofu ‘Cheesecake’” that he serves in a champagne flute. Really!

Come in soon to enjoy what he’s done. We do brunch from 10 am to 4:30 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Chef prepares his scrumptious breakfast breads then too. A basket of his assorted sweet breads comes with every order.

John is creating his Riddle Raffle pastels right in the café in the East Village now. You can watch him working on a new one there early every Friday afternoon catching the wonderful soft low sunlight filtering through the trees in Tompkins Square Park.

The Writing on the Wall

Life Café has always had a tradition of communication, whether through conversation, performance, or art displayed on its walls. Prose and poetry, usually in the form of live spoken events was a feature of the café life back in the 80’s and 90’s. Today that tradition continues with the appearance of poems and art written and drawn in chalk on the walls by John Sunderland.

(If you have a poem about Life Café life, email it to us and if we like it we’ll feature it in the café blog).

For Thanksgiving, this appeared:

My dog,
my cat.
my favorite hat
Summer, spring,
winter, fall,
Hey I love it all!
Sandy beaches,
pears, peaches
Food and drink
My best pal
Beer and wine
getting over my hangover
Waking, breathing,
all my bits
A good laugh
taking a bath
Thinking, loving,
making up,
making out,
forgetting what we
fell out about
A sense of humor
My Auntie Sal
and Granddad Bill
and all he left me in his will
My old bike,
that first hike,
hills, mountains, streams
Being alive to the world
The great outdoors
The great indoors
Sweet dreams
All love means
Going to bed,
you’re in my head
Bacon and beans
Martinis, Bellinis,
Champagne, lemonade,
whiskey, rum
That mole on your bum,
Pals, friends, amigos,
Trains coming into stations
Sunshine, clouds,
rain, wind,
Hiccups, sneezes
Both sides of my brain
Aspirin, sex, cuddles
Staying home
My first date, my mate
My first skates
Not being late
My kids, their friends
Shopping, reading,
Talking, walking, singing

This small furry creature was discovered nibbling crumbs from the sidewalk tables on Halloween night in late November. A rare and as yet unidentified species!


Something crazy goes on at 983 on Wednesday nights. It’s not official. No, no, it’s the staff. (Maybe we’re too lenient? Oh, but it is fun…) Some of the staff make up a theme for the way they dress. One week was “Ballroom Dancing” and our lovely Shaeffer behind the bar wore a large gleaming rhinestone necklace and swirling skirt and looked absolutely fabulous. Last week was “Sweaters with Animal Print”. Next week I was told it’s “Your Worst Holiday Sweater”. They’re artists, so they do come up with good imagery. So stop in Wednesday anytime after 5 pm and get an eyeful and a chuckle. And, hey, you could join in. Just give a call a couple of days ahead to find out what they’ve come up with for that week.

Oh, don’t come Wednesday, December 10th as 983 is closed for a holiday party. Last seating is 6 pm and we close at 7 pm.

Here’s a seasonal image from Bushwick. This is last week’s Riddle Raffle drawing at 983 titled “Seasonal Pick” after the group of Special Drinks from our drink men. I know, I know, it’s tacky. But so is John. After all, he’s a Yorkshireman, and they’re funny guys, in all meanings of the words!

By gum, we do like to have fun….

John and Kathy