Mandala Café will be a pay-what-you-will Café, dedicated to providing food and fellowship — a place at the table for all folks, neighbors coming together to break bread and boundaries — sharing food, space and conversation.
Although its primary focus will be on displaced and at-risk persons, the café will be open to all. Rather than following the traditional “soup kitchen” model, the café will offer sit-down table service. In order to provide dignity and connection for the guests, it will also foster interaction between people of diverse backgrounds (young students mixing with elders, the dispossessed mingling with neighborhood professionals).
The ultimate goal is for Mandala Café to have its own space for a full restaurant.
How it will work:
The space will function as a Community Gathering Space — there will be meetings, Music, Art, Dance, Performance, Fellowship & Fun.
Beginning in May, 2016, the Café began to co-sponsor (with the Manhattan Satya Sai Baba Community) & provide the food for a weekly free meal for people at an outdoor meal served each Wednesday on W. 116th Street in Central Harlem.