One of my favorite areas of NYC is Greenwich Village. From the adorable brownstones to the amazing restaurants and bars you could easily fill multiple days hanging out in the village. I feel like you ask most New Yorkers and they’ll it’s one of their favorite areas too!
In this guide I’ll fill you in on all of the must see spots so you can spend a perfect day in Greenwich Village NYC!
Where is Greenwich Village?
Okay, here’s where it gets confusing. Is it called Greenwich Village, West Village, just the Village?? In short, the West Village is a smaller neighborhood to the west of Greenwich Village. Looking at a map you’ll see Greenwich Village is bordered by Broadway to the East, the Northern part of the Hudson to the West, Houston street to the South and 14th street to the North. Washington Square park lies mostly in the center.
What divides the West Village from Greenwich is either Seventh or Sixth Avenue (depending on which New Yorker you ask.) A native New Yorker saying ” I live in the Village” would be referring to Greenwich Village.
Alrighty, enough map talk. A few of these things might spill over into the West Village, but we’ll all be ok. Here is your guide to a day in Greenwich Village.
How to spend a day in greenwich village
Where to eat & drink in Greenwich Village NYC
Buvette – I have been told on multiple occasions that Buvette is the best brunch in NYC. I went for the first time a few weeks ago and definitely thought it was delicious, but I found the portions to be small. I got the smoked salmon and eggs on toast and it was pretty bomb!
The Grey Dog – Another great spot for brunch or just grab a coffee to go! They have all of your classic breakfast items plus sandwiches, burgers and more!
The Little Owl – Situated right underneath the Friends Building, this small restaurant serves amazing Mediterranean food. They also have a great happy hour Monday to Saturday 3 to 5 on wine, beer and tapas!
Caffe Reggio – This spot is home to the original Cappuccino as it was first brought to America from Italy by the original Caffe Reggio owner! While it’s a great spot to grab a coffee, they also serve lunch and dinner!
Carbone – Okay so I haven’t actually been here, but I’ve heard so many people talk highly of it I thought I would add it! It is a small Italian restaurant, with big prices. Maybe that’s why I haven’t gone. But if you can swing it, let me know how it is!! haha
Pomme Frites – Are you a fry lover? Then you have to stop at Pomme Frites for an afternoon snack. They specializing in french fries and poutine! Plus they have over 30 sauces to choose from!
More spots to eat and drink in Greenwich Village
Dante – Dante was named a New York City landmark and opened all they way back in 1915! They are also famous for their Negronis (I’m not a fan of Negronis unfortunately!) But any cocktail on their menu is just wonderful! They also have food available a la carte.
Joe’s Pizza – A classic NYC spot for a yummy slice of pizza, plus this is the original location!
Bleecker Street Pizza – They are famous for their Nonna Maria slice, Bleecker street has been named best pizza in NYC for 4 years in a row! I say try Bleecker and Joes and decide which is your favorite!
Maries Crisis Cafe – This is one of my favorite bars in NYC! It’s a musical theater piano bar so if you’re a theater lover, you HAVE to make a stop here. You’ll be singing show tunes with the rest of the patrons all night long. If you happen to go during happy hour you’ll be able to snag $3 drinks!
Amelie Wine Bar – I originally went here for the wine flight, thinking I’d get a few samples and be on my way. No, their flights are basically just 3 full pours for $12! I didn’t try any food (which I know now was a mistake with all of that wine) but from what I saw it all looked really good!
Must see on your day in Greenwich
Washington Square Park
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village is Washington Square Park, named after, you guessed it, first President of the US, George Washington. You could easily spend your day people watching, listening to music or getting your fortune told. ( I swear there is always a tarot reader or fortune teller there! haha)
Before it was a park, the area used to be a cemetery where “undesirables” were buried. Poor, sick and brothel women make up some of the 20,000 bodies buried underneath Washington Square Park. Sort of crazy to think about right?!
Here are a few other things not to miss in Washington Square Park:
– In the summer the fountain in the center of the park is full of water (makes sense) but, in the winter it basically turns into a skate park. Feel free to sit on the edge and watch some good (and not so good) skating!
-If you stand in the center of the park you can see the World Trade Center to the South and the Empire State Building to the North.
-There is a dog park that will definitely have you entertained for hours.
-Check out the food cart NY Dosas ( a Dosa is a South Indian crepe) which became very popular among locals for its amazing Indian cuisines. But it has gained a ton of popularity over the years and might not be much of a secret anymore. Try it for yourself!
Visit the Friends Building
You can snap a pic right outside the famous Friends building! Get there early because this street is always packed with fans of the show! While you can’t go inside (because it’s not actually where the show was filmed), there is a Friends Experience over on the East Side if you need more friends in your life! Location: 90 Bedford St.
How to spend a day in Greenwich Village NYC
Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment
Another notable spot for a quick photo opp is at Carrie Bradshaw’s Brownstone! Location: 66 Perry St.
If you’ve never heard of the Stonewall Riots, let me fill you in. In the 1960’s same sex relations were illegal in New York City. Because of this, LGBTQ members would go to gay clubs and bars because it was the only place they could openly express themselves and just be. The New York State Liquor Authority discovered this and either penalized or shut down bars that were openly serving to LGBTQ members. Police wanted to stop these gatherings which led to a very high volume of police raids.
A wealthy crime family opened the Stonewall Inn as a place for all and bribed police to turn a blind eye to the events happening inside. It didn’t have a fire exit, running water behind the bar and the toilets often didn’t work. Either way it became a safe haven for runaways, homeless gay youth, drag queens and all other LGBTQ members.
One night police did end up raiding the Stonewall using excessive force. They manhandled patrons, even taking some to the bathroom to check their sex if they believed they were cross dressers. Normally patrons would disperse, but this time they decided to fight back. Hundreds of people started to throw objects at the police forcing them inside the Stonewall which was then set on fire. Eventually the fire was put out and nobody inside died, but the riots continued for five more days. The riots catapulted the gay rights movement.
Today, the Stonewall Inn is a bar open to all. They host weekly events like drag shows, karaoke, bingo and more. Such a historic spot is definitely worth checking out on your day in Greenwich!
This famous street is lined with amazing bars, restaurants, comedy cellars and more! If you’re looking for a fun night out, head to MacDougal! To start, get some delicious cocktails at The Up and Up. Then, head to The Comedy Cellar, a spot that has housed pretty much every notable American comedian. Next, you’ll probably want a snack, hop over to Pomme Frites for some fries (mentioned above) or grab a slice at Artichoke Basille’s Pizza! To end the night you’ll want to head over to Café Wha? to listen to some live music. Musicians like Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix both played here very early in their careers.
I hope this guide gave you an idea of how you might spend your day in Greenwich Village NYC. If I missed any amazing places let me know below!
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