How to Spend a Day in Greenwich Village

How to spend a day in NYC's bohemian capital, Greenwich Village.

Greenwich Village, known simply as “The Village” by locals, is the city's bohemian capital. The restaurant scene runs the gamut from neighborhood gems like Joseph Leonard serving a full, varied menu from fried chicken sandwiches with okra to the new NYC “staple”—avocado toast. Pizza joints are seemingly everywhere in this “college-y” part of the city (NYU’s enormous campus lives here) and are juxtaposition to some compelling farm-to-table menus like Netflix’s award-winning documentary “Chef’s Table” participant, Blue Hill. The combination of all these distinctive personalities and native flavors makes Greenwich Village a culinary hot spot.

The epicenter of New York‘s 1960s counterculture movement, the tree-lined streets of Greenwich Village, are a hub for storied music venues, bars and restaurants. NYC‘s famous live music venue Café Wha? has a killer house band and was the stomping ground for Bruce Springsteen, Kool and the Gang, Richard Pryor and many more. The city's oldest jazz lounge, Village Vanguard has some of the best acoustics and jazz legends stop in regularly; rock and folk music clubs like Bitter End can be found amid the brownstones and NYU (New York University) buildings.

People sitting at a cafe table

Thanks to the Village’s legacy as a groundbreaking "gayborhood," some of the best nightlife in the area is found in venues like the Stonewall Inn, known as the birthplace of the modern Gay Rights movement. In addition, there are karaoke dens and reasonably priced bars, as well as Slowly Shirley, a hidden speakeasy located below the jovial restaurant and bar, The Happiest Hour, and Dante, one of the world's best bars, according to worldsbestbars.com.

The Village may be small, but it offers a wealth of nightlife. Catch a surprise appearance by a big-name comedian at The Comedy Cellar, discover some new artists at NYU Skirball Center for dance, theater, comedy, music and film and once you’re full of artistic inspiration, hit Fat Cat's where there’s live music EVERY night, shuffleboard, table tennis and pool.