Smack dab in the middle of Alphabet City stands Tompkins Square Park—the East Village’s 10.5 acre green oasis. A nice spot to play pickup basketball or catch a spontaneous concert, the park is surrounded by some of the neighborhood’s best attractions. Here’s what to do near Tompkins Square Park.
Part coffee shop, part barber shop, Three Seat Espresso is a charmer. With a bright, minimalist aesthetic and tasty espresso-based drinks, it’s the perfect place to start your day on the East Side. Do yourself a favor and order the savory crumpets with avocado and cheese.
Three Seat Espresso & Barber. 137 Avenue A, New York, NY. (917) 388-2769
The East Village is one of Lower Manhattan’s grittiest neighborhoods. From colorful graffiti to ripped denim and full-sleeve tattoos you’ll surely want to take some of the area’s spirit with you when you leave—and Reason Clothing Post is the perfect place to do just that. Streetwear essentials like denim jackets, distressed jeans and oversized t-shirts line the walls at this independent clothing store.
Reason Clothing Outpost. 436 E 9th St, New York, NY. (800) 660-6036
You never know what you’ll see at Under St. Mark’s Theater. From stand-up to improv and music concerts there’s always something interesting happening here. Tickets are usually available for $10 a piece making it the perfect activity for travelers on a budget.
Under St. Marks Theater. 94 St Marks Pl, New York, NY. (212) 777-6088
This cozy Parisian bistro will make you feel like you’ve teleported to the 4th Arrondissement. Uncommon dishes like chicken hearts and thyme roasted bone marrow meet more traditional fare like burgers and steak tartare on a wide-ranging and delectable menu. Grab a table in the outdoor garden for an airy ambiance.
Pardon My French. 103 Avenue B, New York, NY. (212) 358-9683
It wouldn’t be right to leave the East Village without a drink, so don’t. Enter this modern speakeasy through the phone booth in Crif Dogs hot dog shop next door. Once inside this dark, lodgy bar expect to find lots of taxidermy, boozy handcrafted cocktails and tater tots. And yes, you can order from a menu of specialty hot dogs from next door.
Please Don’t Tell. 113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY. (212) 614-0386