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Greenwich Village neighborhood guide

Greenwich Village boasts some of the city's most beloved bohemian bars, restaurants and attractions

Written by
Shaye Weaver
,
Jennifer Picht
&
Rebecca Fontana
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What’s the deal with Greenwich Village?
New York's most bohemian neighborhood spawned some major historical moments, from the Beats to LGBTQ rights. It's also home to a bevy of beloved institutions and a spirit unlike any other. Creative New Yorkers flock to Washington Square Park to share their art and music with the world every day. Comedy clubs and excellent restaurants make Greenwich Village a nightlife destination. There's so much to celebrate and experience in this Manhattan neighborhood.

If you only do one thing
Pick up a falafel at Mamoun’s and take it to Washington Square Park and soak up the atmosphere or head to Blue Note or Village Vanguard to catch a night of live jazz.

Curate a delicious meal 
Grennwich Village has a wealth of specialty food shops, including Murray's Cheese, Ottomanelli & SonsFaicco's Italian Specialties and Porto Rico Importing Co. Pick up a selection for a gourmet spread.

On a sunny day
When the weather's warm, go lay out at Pier 45 and catch a sunset salsa session or take a self-guided tour of the Stonewall Inn, Christopher Park and Julius' bar to celebrate LGBTQ history.

On a rainy day
There's always a selection of great films at the IFC Center, or you can play board games at The Uncommons with a hot chocolate in hand.

Get cultured
he Whitney Museum is one of the top museums in the city, and the AIA Center for Architecture (temporarily closed until Fall 2021) will give you a new appreciation for urban design and preservation.

Chill out
Get cozy at Tea and Sympathy, an authentic English eatery, or dine at Osteria 57, a charming Italian spot specializing in seafood and vegetarian dishes.

Nearest subway stations
A, B, C, D, E, F trains to West 4th Street Station
6 train to Bleecker Street Station or Astor Place Station
N or R trains to 8th Street – NYU Station

What else is nearby? 
The East Village is just across Astor Place and it's loaded with dives, grungy tattoo shops, and old-school record stores. Check out our guide to this popular neighborhood.

Greenwich Village, NYC, guide

The best Greenwich Village restaurants

The best Greenwich Village restaurants

There's something for every occasion at the best Greenwich Village restaurants: whether you're an NYU student looking for quick bite between class, want a meal...

Restaurants in Greenwich Village, NYC

Carbone

Carbone

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • price 3 of 4

This red-sauce West Village hot spot, from tag-team chefs Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, is a Godfather hangout on steroids

Loring Place

Loring Place

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

On paper it may all look very ABC Kitchen, but Loring Place is entirely Kluger, in all of his seasonal, solo glory

Minetta Tavern

Minetta Tavern

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 3 of 4

Minetta Tavern, a West Village relic reborn, may be the first iconic restaurant of postmillennial recession New York

Blue Hill

Blue Hill

  • price 3 of 4

More than a mere crusader for sustainability, Dan Barber is also one of the most talented cooks in town

Bars in Greenwich Village, NYC

Chumley’s

Chumley’s

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

Invite your best chums to this dimly lit, wood-paneled speakeasy

Amélie

Amélie

  • price 2 of 4

French natives Samie Didda and Germain Michel have brought their popular San Francisco wine bar to New York

Shops in Greenwich Village, NYC

Kikkerland

Kikkerland

  • price 2 of 4

Deck out your digs with tchotchkes from this design shop, where many New Yorkers go for the perfect gift

Generation Records

Generation Records

Hardcore punk, ska and extreme-metal fans are well served by this Village mainstay

Hotels in Greenwich Village, NYC

The Marlton

The Marlton

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

Joining the newly desirable enclave is the Marlton, the first solo property from trendsetting hotelier Sean MacPherson

The Jane

The Jane

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

The century-old Jane Hotel is a historic landmark-turned-hipster haven in recent years

Clubs and nightlife in Greenwich Village, NYC

Le Poisson Rouge

Le Poisson Rouge

  • price 1 of 4

Laugh, sing or sport big hair at an ’80s-themed dance party at this art-and-entertainment venue 

Comedy Cellar

Comedy Cellar

  • price 2 of 4

Claustrophobes, beware: It gets crowded down here thanks to the immense popularity of this Village standby

The Bitter End

The Bitter End

  • price 1 of 4

Bob Dylan cut his teeth in this joint, which has proudly championed the singer-songwriter since 1961

Terra Blues

Terra Blues

  • price 2 of 4

The Blues series on PBS may have helped fill the seats, but the classic eight-bar has been the star of this unadorned, laid-back place all along