The WestVillage, also known as Greenwich Village, is a significant cultural landmark in New York City, known for its colorful and diverse atmosphere and its symbol as a source of many liberal movements throughout history. Full of charm, the “Village,” as it is affectionately called, is a mostly residential area, home to many celebrity inhabitants, young professionals, and families alike. The neighborhood spans from Broadway to the Hudson River, and from Houston Street north to 14th Street. With cozy apartments, desirable walk-ups and townhouses, and luxury high rises further west, the WestVillage has a place for everyone to call home. Designer stores line Bleecker Street, while delicious restaurants of every ethnicity can be found on every block. At night, the Village boasts of a fabulous nightlife, and with easy access to the rest of the city, it is the perfect place for professionals to come home to at the end of the day.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE LIVING THERE:
With more restaurants than any other neighborhood in New York, you can’t go wrong with whichever place you choose. For a fabulous burger, BLT Burger (470 Sixth Ave) is a must, while upscale Chinese food can be found at Chow Bar (230 W. 4th Street). Ditch Plains (29 Bedford Street) is an area favorite for great seafood, while Japonica (100 University Place) is a chic Japanese/sushi option in the neighborhood.
The historic WashingtonSquarePark is at the heart of the Village, and offers a beautiful respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, and many smaller parks can be found in the neighborhood as well featuring green space and playgrounds, including AbingtonSquarePark (8th Ave and 12th Street) and the Bleecker Playground across the street. Many bohemian-influenced art galleries as well as the Margo Feiden Galleries and the Salmagundi Museum of American Art are also located in the area. Additionally, the closest movie theater in the neighborhood is the AMC Theater (6th Ave and W. 3rd Street).
A multitude of transportation options are available in the Village, making travelling to the rest of the city extremely easy. The A, C, E, B, D, F, and V trains run along 6th Avenue, while the 1, 2, and 3 span 7th Avenue. The N, R, and Q trains are available along Broadway. A number of public buses, as well as a constantly available amount of cabs, are also easy to find.
The St. Luke’s School, City and CountrySchool, and the Little Red Schoolhouse are all located in the Village. P.S. 41, P.S. 3, and M.S. 104 are excellent public school options as well. The heart of NYU is located in the Village, as is the NewSchool, which adds a youthful and exciting atmosphere to the neighborhood.
The Village is known for its fantastic nightlife scene, and with just about every type of venue imaginable, you’re sure to find somewhere you’ll enjoy. The 8th Street Wine Cellar (28 W. 8th Street) is a wine bar with an extensive collection, while the Fat Cat (75 Christopher Street) is the ideal hangout space for good drinks and company. For a Tex-Mex “fiesta,” Tortilla Flats (767 Washington Street) is a neighborhood favorite, while Zinc Bar (90 W. Houston Street) offers a hip, late-night club.
Shopping in the Village is always a great experience, as there is a large mix of boutiques and designers interspersed within the neighborhood. Famous designers such as Diane Von Furstenburg, Ralph Lauren, and Marc Jacobs have stores in the Village, while many less expensive, yet very fashionable, alternatives can be found nearby. Tons of great bakeries, gourmet markets, and other food shops can be found on every street.
Other restaurants in the WestVillage:
- Bellavitae (24 Minetta Lane)- $$- Italian
- Braeburn (117 Perry Street)- $$$- American
- Casa (72 Bedford Street)- $$- Brazilian
- Eva’s (11 W. 8th Street)- $- Health food
- Galanga (149 W. 4th Street)- $$- Thai
- Gotham Bar and Grill (12 E. 12th Street)- $$$$- Classic American
- Hummus Place (99 MacDougal Street)- $- Middle Eastern
- Mary’s Fish Camp (64 Charles Street)- $$- Seafood
- Merkato 55 (55 Gansevoort Street)- $$- African
- Minetta Tavern (113 MacDougal Street)- $$$- French
- Olive Tree (117 MacDougal Street)- $- Middle Eastern
- Mo-Ra-Kote (35 Carmine Street) - Thai
- Keste Pizza (271 Bleecker Street) - Pizza
- Pizza Mezzaluna (146 W. Houston Street)- $$- Pizza
- Raffetto’s Fresh Pasta (144 W. Houston Street)- $- Great Pasta
- Yatagan (104 MacDougal Street)- $- Late Night, Middle Eastern
For more restaurants in the WestVillage, go to New York Magazine’s restaurant page: http://nymag.com/restaurants/?f=food
Other bars in the WestVillage:
- Art Bar (52 Eighth Ave)- Bohemian Lounge
- The Dove Parlour (228 Thompson Street)- Swanky bar
- Rouge Wine Bar (99 Bank Street)- Wine bar
- Smalls Jazz Club (183 W. 10th Street)- Jazz bar
- Terra Blues (149 Bleecker Street)- Blues bar
- V Bar (225 Sullivan Street)- Intimate beer bar
- Village Lantern (167 Bleecker Street)- Tavern
- The Backfence (Bleecker & Thompson)
- The Red Lion (Bleecker & Thompson)
- 1849 (183 Bleecker Street)
- Le Souk (510 LaGuardia Place) - Hookah Bar
- The Bitter End (147 Bleecker Street)
- Fat Cat (75 Christopher Street)
- Kenny's Castaways (157 Bleecker Street)
- Cafe Wha (115 MacDougal Street)
For more bars in the WestVillage, go to New York Magazine’s bars page: http://nymag.com/nightlife/?f=bars
- Bally Total Fitness (641 Avenue of the Americas)
- Equinox (97 Greenwich Ave)
- New York Sports Club (NYSC) (128 8th Ave)
- Green Apple Cleaners (92 Greenwich Ave)
- Christopher Street Cleaners Inc. (120 Christopher Street)
- Hudson Dry Cleaners (462 Hudson Street)