Sidewalk Cafe

3.5 out of 5 stars
based on 2 Reviews
94 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 473-7373


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Paid via…

  • Lump sum?: No (1 vote)  
  • Cover?: No (1 vote)  
  • Donations?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • No pay at all?: No (1 vote)  
  • Free food?: No (1 vote)  
  • Free drinks?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Paid to play?: No (1 vote)  

Business practices

  • Non-profit?: No (1 vote)  
  • Musician-run?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Books local acts?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Books out-of-town acts?: Yes (1 vote)  


  • Piano?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Piano in tune?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Keyboard?: No (1 vote)  
  • Drumset?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Keyboard amp?: No (1 vote)  
  • Guitar amp?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Bass amp?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Direct box?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • PA system?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Sound person?: Yes (2 votes)  

The room

  • Stage?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Backstage/Green Room?: No (2 votes)  
  • Space for dancing?: No (2 votes)  
  • Primarily background music?: Yes (1 vote)  No (1 vote)  
  • Serves Food?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Liquor License?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Capacity: 50-300 (2 votes)  

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Reviews from musicians



2 Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars   


I've been playing here for 8+ years.

They have overhauled their backline & sound system in the last year or so. Hot Rod Deluxe, MarkBass combo amp, Blues Jr, and the Ludwig Ringo Starr shells & hardware. The room is small and unfortunately has a half wall dividing it, so a few seats in the back can't view the stage directly. But the sound throughout is good, with the acoustics & the new system.

One drink ticket per band member. No cover - they pass the tip jar and the sound tech gets the first $10, but you get everything else, so it just depends on how many people you bring. You also get discounted food from the restaurant. There's not much of a built-in crowd, so your best bet is to try to play between other bands if you're touring.

The open mic on Monday is still very crowded and it's a great place to meet other musicians and get to play in front of 40 or 50 people.



4 Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars   


Decent sound and you can fit a decent crowd in, but it's really hot on stage and the backline isn't very good. Guitarists should bring their own amp, but it's difficult to get to the stage with your gear.