Hey Y’all! Welcome back to another neighborhood guide. Today we are taking you downtown to the East Village. This bustling neighborhood is full of culture, food, and plenty of things to do. The East Village goes from 14th street to Houston, and from Bowery to the FDR Highway. If you do some exploring on your own, you are bound to run into some eager NYU students. You can also take a stroll down St. Mark’s to get a real feel of this neighborhood. What I like about it is that it hasn’t changed. While Manhattan as a whole has had a revamp over the past few years, the East Village has stayed true to it’s roots and character.
There are some great places to eat in the East Village. Grab a bagel from Tompkins Square bagels, with the birthday cake cream cheese of course, or have a healthy meal at Westville. S’mac is a great spot for some Mac & Cheese, and then stop by the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop for some dessert. You can also grab a very traditional Ukranian meal at Veselka. You also can’t miss the secret bar inside of Criff’s! Head on in and through the phone booth for one of NYC’s famous hidden bars.
If you are looking for some books head over The Strand or take a yoga class from Yoga To The People. Trash & Vaudville is the perfect place to grab some vintage gear or head over to A-1 Records to get your hands on some music.
Do you just want to get away for a few hours and enjoy nature? Head over to Tompkins Square Park and make yourself a little picnic, Or catch a show over at Webster Hall.
The East Village is a wonderful neighborhood, and you should definitely check it out on your trip to NYC. Unfortunately, there are not very many places to stay in the Village, so we suggest you check out all of our other neighborhood guides to make sure your entire trip to NYC is perfect!
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