Admit it: You’re willing to travel for a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. Add some Danish, free WiFi, a bohemian vibe and an artful swirl in your well-sized caffeinated saucer and you could sit with that coffee all day long. And that’s just fine with the crew at the 6-year-old Art Café in Nyack. The tiny, whimsically decorated space has always been about wrapping customers in warmth, meeting new friends (the cute stranger sitting near you, perhaps?) and lingering for as long as you can. But sometimes the space feels a little too cozy.
Well, say farewell to the familiar “Art Café dance,” where waiters squeeze by customers lining up at the register. Thanks to a recent renovation — which includes moving into the former Klay Gallery space, next door — there’s even more java joint to love.
Owner Dan Kramer, his sister, Dana, and their Israeli-born mom, Dorit opened the café with a vision of traditional hospitality: inviting guests in, fortifying them with good food and lots of coffee. “We believe food is art,” says Kramer. Hence the café’s name, the themed menu — which includes salads named after Dali, Picasso and Monet — and the frothy decorations on the cappuccinos and lattes. The food is mostly Israeli vegetarian, a sample of some of the most popular, flavorful dishes that exist in a traditional Israeli café, along with tasty pastries, toastinis (extra large sesame bagels) and an assortment of cheeses, soups, egg entrees and so on.
There’s a new a coffee bar, along with a display case of pastries and desserts in the front room of the former Klay Gallery space. The menu will expand, too: Stop in for loose-leaf teas, falafels and — now — dinner.