Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Nuyorican brings living history and unmatched soul to the slam poetry scene. A low-key spot on the Lower East Side, it’s less a cafe than an institution. A diverse urban crowd fills the room each night, bringing poetic passion born of love and pain. From the dim lighting to the weighty words spoken in the space, Nuyorican Poets Cafe is for millennials who want to feel and live with their people. Note that you won’t find food on the menu—the focus is the poetry, accompanied by light alcohol to set the mood. As the crowds confirm, sometimes it’s more satisfying to feed the spirit than the body. Do get a VIP pass to guarantee yourself a seat, and check out Friday Slam Nights—your soul will thank you.