Right in the backyard of Columbia University, college students wax poetic about the live music, multicultural crowds, and free wifi. Black and white ceilings emblazoned with eclectic bric a brac and communal benches set the scene for a bohemian oasis. The fare is Lebanese, serving plates such as baba ganoush, hummus, and falafel while reggae and other eclectic sounds play in the background. The unusual blend of cultures is reflective of the neighborhood, allowing the young and hip from all walks of life to find a spot at Silvana. The music is just the right volume so realistically, you can invite your friends, your date, or your coworkers without feeling uncivilized. A very POC friendly environment, Silvana offers an array of ways to experience it— grab a coffee during the day or lounge with a cocktail in the basement.