Iggy Pop sang about Bleecker Street. So did Simon & Garfunkel. Once the center of urban bohemia, this famed West Village street is now home to amusement of all kinds—from boozy offerings to indie shops and gastropubs, as well as fine dining, night clubs and boxing clubs. If visiting New York City, you won‘t want to miss it.
Where to Eat
Pig Bleecker elevates barbecue beyond the status quo, with starters and snacks that include such tempting dishes as deviled eggs of the day and pecan-candied bacon, or a country ham, charcuterie and cheese board. Main courses of lasagna with smoked duck ragu, bechamel, grandma's gravy and parmesan; brisket ravioli with truffle butter and barolo; and smoked and grilled heritage pork chop, peach habanero jam, greens, beans and crispy onions with more than satisfy hungry carnivores.
Meanwhile, By CHLOE—a favorite of actress Anna Kendrick—tickles vegans' taste buds with its lunch-and-brunch fare, sells doggie treats for your pup, and is also certified kosher. For a cozy outside patio, head to Nisi Estiatorio, a cheery Mediterranean restaurant offering lucious Greek spreads and seafood in a colorful space. Diners in the mood for beautifully plated Japanese cuisine will find everything to their liking at Bessou. The menu touts Bessou as “modern takes on Japanese comfort food” and is broken down into homestyle bites, small dishes and large dishes.
Bleecker boasts a number of indie shops like the Village Tannery, which has been selling handmade leather bags, wallets briefcases and backpacks—and accepting custom orders—since 1973. The shop stays open late nightly, is led by the locally renowned and long-tenured leather artisan, Sevestet, who trains all of the Tannery's incoming apprentices. bookbook is a cozy, independent book shop in the heart of Greenwich Village, where shelves burst with literature of all genres, including backlisted fiction, children's books, cookbooks, travel and history books. Porto Rico Importing Co. has been caffeinating New Yorkers since 1907, and sells fine, global and domestic kosher certified coffees and teas, as well as syrup, filters, candy and machines for brewing.
From divey joints to posh gastropubs, Bleecker Street's boozy choices are as diverse as the city itself. Peculier Pub sits squarely in the New York University territory and has the right energy to match its collegiate location, offering more than 300 international beers inside of its classically saloon-like setting.
The Garret nails its desired speakeasy vibe with its second floor bar set with exposed brick, housed above Five Guys, inside of a building constructed in 1908. And if you want to mix an elegant dining experience into your night of perusing the bars of Greenwich Village, Carroll Place can double as your dinner spot, with its full food menu, fine selection of libations, dazzling chandelier and plush red suede sofas.
Bleecker Street is home to all varieties of entertainment and amusements. Zürcher Gallery displays works from international contemporary artists, and hosts live musical performances from acclaimed instrumentalists in its event space.
For dance parties, live concerts and even drag bingo in an art cabaret and music venue space, (Le) Poisson Rouge is the place to go, with a 700-guest capacity, and a glowing fish tank hanging from the ceiling. To break a sweat at the gym instead of at the club, head to Overthrow Boxing Club, for a 45-minute high-intensity, beginner-friendly workout.
Get There: Bleecker Street is accessible via the 6, B, D, F or M subway lines at Bleecker Street/Broadway-Lafayette station, or via the B, D, F, M, A, C or E subway lines at W. 4th St., Washington Square station.