Greenwich Village is the fulcrum of life in Lower Manhattan. Although its days as the artists colony and counterculture capital of NYC are past, “The Village” is still as vibrant as ever. Here are ten reasons why we love Greenwich Village.
Washington Square Park
The heart and soul of Greenwich Village, Washington Square Park and its unmistakable stone arch provide a serene setting for catching a street performance, enjoying a spontaneous picnic or people-watching from its endless rows of wooden benches.
Washington Square Park. New York, NY
You haven’t had a real New York slice until you’ve been to Joe’s, the city’s quintessential pizza joint. Eat at one of the standing room tables and admire the portrait-lined walls that document the long list of celebrities who have come before you.
Joe’s Pizza. 7 Carmine St, New York, NY. (212) 366-1182
The Jazz Clubs
Greenwich Village has something for every saxophone enthusiast. A historic landmark like Village Vanguard, which has occupied the same spot since it opened in 1935 is the perfect place to start. It’s a dark and cozy dive showcasing up-and-coming talent. Smalls Jazz Club is a cozy establishment, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in cheap drinks and a buzzing atmosphere. For a swankier alternative, swing by Blue Note, here you can watch jazz heavy hitters jam over Sunday brunch and a Bloody Mary.
Village Vanguard. 178 7th Ave S, New York, NY. (212) 255-4037
Smalls Jazz Club. 183 W 10th St, New York, NY. (646) 476-4346
Blue Note. 131 W 3rd St, New York, NY. (212) 475-8592
There’s an unmistakable, youthful energy in the Greenwich Village air, and it’s no secret where it comes from. Purple flags fly high around nearly every street corner, as you become firmly entrenched in NYU territory. Take advantage of the area’s student-friendly happy hours like $1 oysters at Mermaid Oyster Bar or $4 drafts at The Malt House for an inexpensive pick-me-up.
New York University. New York, NY. (212) 998-1212
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
On a warm day, stop by Stumptown Coffee Roasters for a bottle of its world famous cold brew, served on tap inside its bibliophilic 8th Street shop. Vintage library catalog drawers and tanned oak bookshelves cover the walls, paying homage to the iconic Eighth Street Bookshop which once occupied the same space.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters. 30 W 8th St, New York, NY. (855) 711-3385
Stroll down the cobblestone lane of one of New York’s most beautiful streets, where you’ll find rows of colorful two-story buildings. Formerly horse stables, the buildings are now offices and homes for a few lucky NYU faculty members. But don’t be surprised to see models and social influencers posing in front of the photogenic European-inspired facades, photographers in tow.
Washington Mews. 60 Washington Mews, New York, NY
When people hear the word “Vegan,” foods like meatball subs, tacos, burgers and fries don’t usually come to mind. But the folks behind the black-and-white striped awning at the corner of Bleecker and Macdougal streets are on a mission to change that perception. By Chloe’s creative, plant-based menu has quickly become a neighborhood favorite, with options like pesto meatballs, black bean burgers and sweet potato mac and cheese.
By Chloe. 185 Bleecker St, New York, NY. (212) 290-8000
Hosting legends like Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook and Robin Williams over the years, in its intimate brick basement, the Comedy Cellar showcases the best up-and-coming comedy talent in the city nightly. It’s known for unexpected cameos from more seasoned vets like Louis C.K. and Ray Romano.
Comedy Cellar. 117 Macdougal St, New York, NY. (212) 254-3480
The revival of prohibition-inspired bars in New York City is no secret, but Greenwich Village is home to some of the best. The rip-roaring vibe behind the curtain at Employees Only and the tunnel-like darkness of basement joint Little Branch will take you back to the 1920’s. The walk through Five Guys on 7th Ave en route to The Garret is somewhat intimidating, but once you’re upstairs expect expertly crafted drinks and a hidden back room with comfy couches.
Employees Only. 510 Hudson St, New York, NY. (212) 242-3021
The Garret. 2nd Floor, 296 Bleecker St, New York, NY. (212) 675-6157
Little Branch. 20 7th Ave S, New York, NY. (212) 929-4360
Jefferson Market Library
This Victorian, gothic style courthouse-turned-library is the perfect spot to catch your breath from the urban hustle and bustle. This is one of the only places you can read a book or poke through a magazine beneath 18th century stained glass windows in New York City.
Jefferson Market Library. 425 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY. (212) 243-4334