Welcome to 5C!

5C Cultural Center was the inspiration of five lower east side residents during the early 1980s. With firm roots as artists, educators, gardeners and urban homesteaders, we survived the turbulent times of “alphabet city”. Thus we share a belief in retaining the best historic and cultural traditions of the neighborhood while continuing to foster empowerment in this diverse community. We offer delicious, affordable food plus wine and beer.


The cafe is now open seven days a week. Monday through Friday from 7 AM - 7 PM and Saturday and Sunday 9 AM - 7 PM. Our new partners, brothers Norga and Saint did a beautiful job remodeling and they have brought wonderful Green Mountain coffee from their native island, Jamaica. We are baking delicious muffins and croissants. Exciting performances and and more food offerings will follow.

Please let us know when you plan to come so we can try to be there. As always great jazz is heard all the time.

Love, Bruce and Trudy

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