The Arts Center Cafe & Bar is now closed!

Thank you for visiting us during our 2023 public season. We look forward to welcoming you back next year with an exciting lineup of programs and exhibitions.

Conveniently located just steps from the Governors Island Ferry Soissons Landing stop, the Arts Center Cafe & Bar is the perfect place to relax and recharge during your visit to Governors Island. The Cafe serves beer, wine, tea, coffee, and espresso along with an assortment of refreshing beverages, light fare, wraps, and snacks, including an artisanal cheese and charcuterie boards, and beet hummus crudité.

Interested in hosting your event at the The Arts Center Cafe & Bar?

With beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline, the Café is the main entrance to the Arts Center’s two galleries and lends itself for lunch or cocktail events. Contact us at to schedule your next event. Learn more about Great Performances catering options here.

Art in the Cafe

During each public season, The Cafe exhibition space was home to a new installation. This year, we enjoyed there is nothing you can think that is not the moon by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky, which was on view through October 1, 2023.

For this exhibition, Wepler and Mahovsky had built a black cedar shed, a temporary home for glowing objects within it. They had created handmade lanterns, with each object being a replica of antique and vintage items gathered by the artists. The artists used light to animate the shed, revealing life and connection within each object that resided within, lit by changing light patterns that illuminated the through lines that connected and organized them, including type and city of origin. In the coming months, these lanterns were given away to visitors, an offering for the objects to enter into a new phase, beyond their temporary home. The shed remained, housing a new collection of lanterns made by the public over the course of the exhibition.