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Greenwich Village, NYC neighborhood guide

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

Washington Square Park
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Greenwich Village, NYC is home to a bevy of beloved institutions, dives and eateries. The spirit of rock & roll is alive at Cafe Wha?, where Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan used to jam. Laughter from comedy clubs can be heard on popular blocks like MacDougal Street. And folks with a case of the munchies can easily cure their sweet and salty cravings thanks to a bevy of excellent restaurants. Take a stroll down Washington Square Park—one of the best NYC parks—and see where the bohemian capital takes you.

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The best Greenwich Village restaurants
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 close to the Union Square farmer's market, or looking for inspiration for a picnic in Washington Square Park. There are high-end Japanese food counters, acclaimed falafel joints and fast-casual Neopolitan pizza havens. Whether you’re craving a platter of oysters on the half-shell or spicy rigatoni at one of the best Italian restaurants in NYC, check out our guide. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to best restaurants in NYC

The best West Village bars in NYC
Bars

The best West Village bars in NYC

The historic neighborhood of the West Village has plenty of attractive qualities—just see the best brunch places and clothing stores for proof—but it’s also a hotbed of some of the best bars in NYC. From sophisticated cocktail dens to rollicking beer bars and one of the best gay bars in NYC, post up to the bar at the best West Village bars in NYC. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the West Village

The best restaurants in the West Village
Restaurants

The best restaurants in the West Village

The West Village restaurant scene still maintains its charm despite being surrounded by a city filled with more chain stores than ever before and a new expensive condo development popping up every other day. For diners, whether we're looking to dine outdoors or a weekend brunch with friends, the neighborhood feel of the West Village continues luring us downtown. We can as easily enjoy cheap eats or one of the best Manhattan restaurants. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in NYC

Subway and street map of the Village
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Subway and street map of the Village

Greenwich Village stretches from Houston Street to 14th Street, and between Fourth Avenue (then the Bowery) and Sixth Avenue

Best West Village parks to read in
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Best West Village parks to read in

Onetime West Village resident Edna St. Vincent Millay said that city trees sound as “thin and sweet” as those “in country lanes.” (At least when you’re not hearing “the traffic and trains” she mentions in the same poem.) As New York’s arbors wear their lovely summer linen, why not revisit Millay’s old neighborhood and go off the grid—literally get off of Manhattan’s planned streets—for the desultory, tightly knit lanes of what still feels like old New York? While you’re there, bring a book (we’ve suggested a few), a magazine or an e-reader, as you’re bound to find yourself near one of the many quaint public parks to read in. Locals and tourists alike know of Washington Square Park and the High Line, which tend to be crowded, so we’re recommending a few choice spots that many New Yorkers often overlook. Some provide a communal feel, others afford a rare sense of isolation. All of them offer a retreat into nature—and an escape from the often consuming pace of ordinary Manhattan street life. RECOMMENDED: West Village neighborhood guide Note: For exact hours and directions, visit nyc.gov/parks. Start the list here >> James J. Walker Park In view of a playground, a large baseball diamond and the small but picturesque Hudson Park branch of the NYPL runs a corridor of benches that enjoys abundant shade. You won’t have to fight for a seat in this reading area, as the park is located off the beaten path and seems to be area residents’ well-guarded secret. A sweeping row of gorgeo

The best hotels in the West Village
Hotels

The best hotels in the West Village

The best hotels in the West Village fit what this neighborhood is known for: style and charm. Once you check into one of these boutique hotels, countless shops and restaurants, not to mention the best West Village bars, are all within walking distance. While the rooms may be smaller than some of the more opulent hotels across the city, you’ll go to sleep knowing you’re in the most in-demand swath of downtown Manhattan. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYC

The three best places to visit on MacDougal Street
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The three best places to visit on MacDougal Street

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, MacDougal Street is home to a bevy of beloved institutions, dives and eateries

Restaurants in Greenwich Village, NYC

Carbone
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Carbone

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

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Loring Place
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Loring Place

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

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Minetta Tavern
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Minetta Tavern

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

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Blue Hill
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Blue Hill

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

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Bars in Greenwich Village, NYC

Air’s Champagne Parlor
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Air’s Champagne Parlor

Ariel Arce, the founder of Air’s Champagne Parlor, is trying to bring the fancy fizz down to earth

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Bar Moga
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Bar Moga

The flapper is a well-known figure of the Roaring ’20s

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Chumley’s
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Chumley’s

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

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Amélie
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Amélie

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

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5 out of 5 stars
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Hotels in Greenwich Village, NYC

Walker Hotel Greenwich Village

Walker Hotel Greenwich Village

Every resident lusts for a quiet escape from the ever-bustling metropolis—enter the Walker Hotel Greenwich Village

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3 out of 5 stars
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The Marlton

The Marlton

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

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Washington Square Hotel

Washington Square Hotel

A haven for writers and artists for decades, the Washington Square Hotel is suited to those seeking a quiet refuge 

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The Jane

The Jane

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

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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Clubs and nightlife in Greenwich Village, NYC

Le Poisson Rouge

Le Poisson Rouge

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

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5 out of 5 stars
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Comedy Cellar
Comedy

Comedy Cellar

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

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
The Bitter End
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The Bitter End

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

Terra Blues
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Terra Blues

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

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Shops in Greenwich Village, NYC

Kikkerland
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Kikkerland

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

Murray’s Cheese
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Murray’s Cheese

This temple to curds has been selling quality cheeses to New Yorkers for years. 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Goorin Bros. Hat Shop
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Goorin Bros. Hat Shop

This San Francisco hatmaker expands with a second NYC location 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Generation Records
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Generation Records

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

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Giant Bagels have taken over Greenwich Village and Hudson River Park

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