FAB Café Brings Coffee-Slinging Clowns to the East Village


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.