FAB Café Brings Coffee-Slinging Clowns to the East Village

Photo: Courtesy F.A.B.

You might not know it, but the block of East 4th Street between Second Avenue and Bowery is home to twelve theaters, eight dance studios, and three film-editing suites. As of last week, it’s also the location of FAB Café & East Village Visitor’s Center, where "artist-baristas" serve MUD coffee, Ceci-Cela pastries, soup and grilled cheese (proceeds benefit the arts group), and also dish out info on the surrounding neighborhood. One such coffee-slinger concierge, according to a press release, is "Lauren Sharpe, an actress/dancer/clown who is currently working on a movement based theater piece about the deconstruction of love." That does sound kind of fab, in a campy way. Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and visitors center hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. See the space for yourself in our slideshow.