Open Hours

Friday - Sunday
12pm - 6pm
Through September 16, 2023
This year, the Cafe & Bar will also be open on Memorial Day and Labor Day.


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. Check out the full menu below!

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

Enjoy food, drink, and art at The Arts Center Cafe & Bar!

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

For this exhibition, Wepler and Mahovsky built a black cedar shed, a temporary home for glowing objects within it. Created as handmade lanterns, each object is a replica of antique and vintage items gathered by the artists. The artists use light to animate the shed, revealing life and connection within each object that resides within, lit by changing light patterns that illuminate the through lines that connect and organize them, including type and city of origin. In the coming months, these lanterns will be given away to visitors, an offering for the objects to enter into a new phase, beyond their temporary home. The shed will remain, housing a new collection of lanterns made by the public over the course of the exhibition.

Learn more about the 2023 Exhibitions at The Arts Center here.