East Village, NYC neighborhood guide

Famed for its punk glory days, East Village, NYC abounds with no-frills dives, grungy tattoo shops and record stores

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East Village, NYC is considered the birthplace of punk, and while the downtown nabe has undergone many changes over the years, the area is still loaded with dives, grungy tattoo shops, old-school record stores and more. Whether you frequent the neighborhood to have a picnic in Tompkins Square Park, slurp drinks at tiki bars, or scoop up sweet throwbacks at vintage clothing stores, the East Village has so much to offer.

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How to have the perfect day in the East Village

Famed for its punk glory days, this nabe still abounds with no-frills dives, grungy tattoo shops and record stores. 

The best things to do in the East Village, NYC
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The best things to do in the East Village, NYC

You can find a charming bar, restaurant or awesome event at just about every corner of the East Village

See vintage photos of the East Village in the 1980s
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See vintage photos of the East Village in the 1980s

Go back in time with amazing images that capture the gritty punk-rock days of the East Village.

Restaurants in East Village, NYC

Momofuku Ko
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Momofuku Ko

David Chang's 22-seat chef's counter is the most expensive restaurant of the Momofuku empire (and the best) 

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Prune
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Prune

Tiny, well-lit Prune is still as popular as it was the day it opened

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4 out of 5 stars
Hearth
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Hearth

The East Village needed a Hearth—an upscale yet relaxed place that wasn’t just another surprisingly good ethnic hole-in-the-wall

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5 out of 5 stars
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Jewel Bako
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Jewel Bako

The East Village’s first real destination sushi bar remains one of the top spots in the neighborhood for pristine raw fish

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Bars in East Village, NYC

Death & Company
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Death & Company

The nattily attired bartenders are deadly serious about drinks at this Gothic saloon

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4 out of 5 stars
Mother of Pearl
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Mother of Pearl

Like the menu, the cozy teal-and-white den is rife with time-warp nod

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Amor y Amargo
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Amor y Amargo

The focus here is on amari and other bitters, which can be explored via tasting flights 

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
PDT
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PDT

The entrance to this taxidermy-strewn saloon is hidden behind an old phone booth inside Crif Dogs

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Shops in East Village, NYC

Turntable Lab
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Turntable Lab

Music lovers and DJs alike will be drawn to this hip-hop haven

Metropolis Vintage
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Metropolis Vintage

Countless celebs call Metropolis a favorite shopping destination, including Sky Ferreira, Julian Casablancas and Iggy Pop

Users say
1 out of 5 stars
Mr. Throwback
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Mr. Throwback

Those who grew up watching Saved by the Bell and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will find a cure for their ’90s nostalgia at this East Village shop

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
VeraMeat
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VeraMeat

Ukrainian model Vera Balyura turned her jewelry-making hobby into a full-time profession

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5 out of 5 stars
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Hotels in East Village, NYC

The Standard East Village

The Standard East Village

The 21-story tenement-style East Village iteration of the iconic Meatpacking District hotel features a fair amount of original amenities

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4 out of 5 stars
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East Village Hotel

East Village Hotel

Situated above local coffee joint, The Bean, the East Village Hotel is reminiscent of a studio apartment

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The Bowery Hotel

The Bowery Hotel

The Bowery’s namesake hotel embodies the ethos of the neighborhood: classic, stylish, and a little bit cooler than you

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Hotel 17

Hotel 17

Shabby chic is the best way to describe this hotel, located a few blocks from Union Square

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3 out of 5 stars
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Best late-night spots in the East Village

Exclusive video of Andrew W.K. drinking his way through the East Village
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Exclusive video of Andrew W.K. drinking his way through the East Village

Mario Diaz and his party cohorts reflect on the ’90s East Village
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Mario Diaz and his party cohorts reflect on the ’90s East Village

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