Greenwich & West Village
(Broadway West to Hudson River, bordered by Houston Street and 14th Street)
Known For: Strolling, dining, historic sites, lovely architecture, specialty food shops, theater, live music clubs, star sightings
Old school West Village is the kind of neighborhood, despite its small size, that you want to get lost wandering around all day, admiring its quintessentially compact, ivy-clad apartment buildings, with plenty of cafe and wine bar-pit stops along the way. Heading east, there’s Greenwich Village, NYU’s territory, and the famous Washington Square Park. With increases in rent over the years, you're more likely to see parents with strollers now than poets walking the streets. But the charms of the area and illusion that you've entered another city are still intact. Most buildings in the area are lower than 10-stories with small shops at the bottom. It’s a wonderful place to simply come and get lost in.
Places to Eat
You’ll need to fuel your day with some healthy food so take a ride over to The Butcher’s Daughter. The main location is in Nolita but the Hudson location is more Instagram-worthy and less crowded. Both are a blend of feminine and masculine energy.
WHAT I LOVED: Spinach egg bowl and liquid vitality elixir shot.
Perry St.'s menu is inspired by the season, centering on the local market at Union Square. The dishes reflect a balance of flavor and texture with an exquisite blend of French, American, and Asian influences and ingredients.
WHAT I LOVED: Grilled lamb chops, shrimp potstickers, and Mont Blanc for dessert.
Claudette is an elegant Provençal restaurant with North African and Middle Eastern flavors, just steps from Washington Square Park. There is always Bouillabaisse on the menu. The decor is tiled floors and accent walls, rattan seating, and old wooden tables—fully capturing the bright, airy Provencal romance.
WHAT I LOVED: Radish and chickpea salad and Chicken Tagine.
High Street on Hudson is a corner-cafe-meets-restaurant in the West Village. The on-site bakery here is a big draw, with most of their pastries and breads incorporated into their breakfast menu, though dinner is just as tasty. The atmosphere is lovely, nothing too stuffy, but feels sophisticated, organic and relaxed.
WHAT I LOVED: Crispy broccoli and buckwheat gnocchi.
THINGs TO DO
Washington Square Park
A marsh. A cemetery. A parade ground. A gathering spot for avant-garde artists. A battleground for chess enthusiasts. A playground for canines and children. Washington Square Park has served various roles for its community throughout the years, adapting to meet its needs. Well-known for its arch, honoring George Washington.
Blue Note Jazz
A jazz club and restaurant located at 131 West 3rd Street in Greenwich Village, New York City. The club was opened on September 30, 1981, by owner and founder Danny Bensusan, with the Nat Adderley Quintet being the featured performers for the night.
Get made fun of by a comedian at the Comedy Cellar. Sitting front row at one of these shows is a brave thing, but it’s worth it for the experience (and the character-building ridicule), especially since actually big stars like Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle, and Chris Rock have been known to drop by unannounced.
Places to See
New York City is the set of so many films and television series – Seinfeld, Friends, Sex and the City, Gossip Girl. The Village is home to two famous buildings: Carrie Bradshaw's apartment from Sex & The City and the Friends' building.
BEST DESSERT SPOTS
Big Gay Ice Cream hardly needs an introduction. This beloved soft-serve joint started off as a seasonal truck in 2009, quickly amassing a loyal fan base in NYC. Their first permanent shop was opened in the East Village in 2011, followed by a shop in the West Village the next year.
61 Grove St., West Village | 212.414.0222
Chloe Coscarelli was fresh out of culinary school when she won an episode of Cupcake Wars with a vegan cupcake recipe. She’s since opened a casual restaurant in the West Village, with an adorable interior and a menu focused on smoothies, juices, and great vegan burgers, you can still pick up her famous cupcakes.
185 Bleecker St. | 212.290.8000