My Gay City: Yaffa Cafe
“Upon moving to the New York, the first restaurant I remember eating at was the Yaffa Cafe. (97 St Marks Pl, YaffaCafe.com) My best friends Shala Rothenberg and Lauren Miller would anxiously wait for Friday nights when we could escape college classes at FIT to order our favorite dishes, mine being the Berber Chicken Sandwich with a glass of red sangria (although the best kept secret is their famous carrot salad dressing... So good!) The retro vibe and kitschy/bohemian decor hasn't changed in the 10 plus years I've been going, and, when sitting inside under the glow of the vintage lighting or out on the backyard deck, it's easy to imagine yourself in 1968, '77, '85, or any other time in New York but the present. The wait staff and clientele is always cute and fairly gay. A nice mix, just like the East Village itself. The location couldn't be more convenient as the comedy/variety show that I produce and host, Vintage Vantage is presently in it's second year at the Under Saint Marks Theater directly across the street.” —Kyle Supley, 32, comedic actor, singer, and photographer residing in Astoria.