|Venue name:||Nuyorican Poets Cafe||Contact:|
236 E 3rd St
|Cross street:||between Aves B and C|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Sun 7pm–1am|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave|
|Price:||Cover: $7–$15. Average drink: $3. Cash only|
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Average User Rating
5 / 5
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Went for slam poetry, and I was a little worried about going or open mic night, but it was GREAT. I'm not sure how it works, but the whole night was scheduled with poets already. The MC was hilarious, funnier than a lot of comedians I've seen doing stand-up, and he created a really comfortable atmosphere. The turnover between poets was really fast, but the whole night lasted 2.5 hours, so I could understand why. There was some so-so poetry, but also some AMAZING performances. Afterward, the MC said that one of the poets was actually on the national slam poetry team (oh!) and one poet was the MC's friend from France. He performed in halting English (yet still managed to be amazing) and French, which was soooo strong. Will be going back for sure.
6 out of 5 stars. My friends and I bought “VIP” tickets to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Friday Night Poetry Slam via Livingsocial and were granted entry before the rest of the crowds filed in. That means we were able to grab chairs for the night’s show - most other audience members had to stand on the balcony or sit in the aisles to watch. The emcee and DJ were hilarious and did a great job engaging the crowd. The poets were incredibly talented. Almost every single performance gave me goosebumps. The emcee and DJ did a wonderful job of balancing the sometimes heavy atmosphere with fun dance breaks in between rounds. At one point they had the entire Cafe doing the Wobble. Get there early and plan for a long night, but it’s absolutely worth it. Hands down one of the best things I’ve done in my years living in New York.