West Village, NYC neighborhood guide

The spirit of New York is alive in West Village, NYC featuring amazing piano bars as well as buzzed-about newcomers

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The West Village, NYC thrives and is one of the most popular nabes to frequent. Whether you’re sifting through the area’s record and vintage stores, grabbing cocktails at a izakaya-themed drinking den with your best chums, or attending an epic drag performance, the Village is jam-packed with historic and new gems. The area’s bohemian population may have dwindled years ago, but a few old landmarks remain. Raise a glass at one of the most legendary bars in NYC, White Horse Tavern, a favorite of such literary luminaries as Ezra Pound, Norman Mailer and Dylan Thomas, or enjoy a jazz set at the legendary Village Vanguard. While the gay scene has largely migrated north, the West Village played a pivotal role in the gay-rights movement, and many shops, bars and restaurants along Christopher Street from Sheridan Square to the Hudson River pier are out, loud and proud, including the historic Stonewall Inn.

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Things to do in the West Village, NYC

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Best nightlife in West Village: The hottest clubs and music venues

Things to do in West Village: Local arts and culture
Things to do

Things to do in West Village: Local arts and culture

Best West Village parks to read in
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Restaurants in West Village, NYC

The best brunch in the West Village
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The best brunch in the West Village

Kick off your Saturday or Sunday in leisurely fashion at one of the best brunch places in the West Village.

The best restaurants in the West Village
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The best restaurants in the West Village

The West Village's restaurant scene is at the top of its game. 

The best cheap eats in West Village
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The best cheap eats in West Village

There are plenty of cheap eats from Corner Bistro’s lauded no-frills burgers to some of the city’s best burritos.

Bars in West Village, NYC

Little Branch
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Little Branch

As befits cocktail progenitor Sasha Petraske’s liquid legacy, the drinks at this clubby, low-ceilinged Village rathskeller are nigh perfect. 

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5 out of 5 stars
Katana Kitten
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Katana Kitten

The translation of this bar’s moniker is “samurai sword” kitten

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
The Happiest Hour

The Happiest Hour

Picture Don Draper on vacation: rum cocktail in hand, wind blowing through that meticulous coif. 

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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Bar Sardine
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Bar Sardine

After shuttering for two weeks in July 2014, Chez Sardine shook its Asian influences to reset with a more playful snack menu and a heavier concentration on cocktails.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Hotels in West Village, NYC

The Jane

The Jane

Opened in 1907 as the American Seaman’s Friend Society Sailors Home, the 14-story landmark was a residential hotel when hoteliers Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson, of the Bowery and the Maritime, took it over (some long-term residents remain). 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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The Marlton

The Marlton

Formerly a procession of piercing parlors, poster stores and shoe shops, West 8th Street has been undergoing an identity shift since the arrival of cult spots like Stumptown Coffee Roasters and an offshoot of the Parker Meridien’s Burger Joint. 

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Hotel Hugo

Hotel Hugo

Mostly known as the Village, this free spirited ‘hood is home to the sophisticated Hotel Hugo for visitors coming to the big city or Gothamites in need of a staycation.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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