Picturesque and colorful, this cozy Manhattan neighborhood holds a cinematic charm.
Serene yet lively, the neighborhood of West Village rests tucked inside the large district of Greenwich Village and is considered one of the chicest and most progressive areas of the city. Its arbored streets are filled with residents out for a stroll among the historic architecture, heading to a corner cafe to converse with friends or a shaded bench near the Hudson River to read and people watch.
Among cobblestone streets and gorgeous brownstones is a history of creatives, leaders of counter-culture, dreamers, and artists. West Village was the epicenter of several social and literary movements and the growth of experimental theaters. The neighborhood contains a great number of historic conservationists who’ve contributed to saving the neighborhood’s beautiful architecture.
The residential market in West Village is expensive, but because West Village is such a covetable location, those who purchase a home here are likely to stay in the area for the long term. Its appealing brownstones are renowned, and the luxury condos and co-ops here are set in early 20th century buildings, outfitted with only the best of finishes.
While West Village is off the grid — both figurative and literally, as its charming roads are off the Manhattan street grid — it’s also replete with activity and things to do. You won’t find many high-rises or corporate offices here, but you will find an array of late-night cocktail bars, crave-worthy eats, and local shops to browse.
If there’s one thing you could spend a lifetime exploring in West Village, it’s the dining scene. Exquisite Italian cuisine, comfort food classics, and hand-crafted ice creams are just a few of the impeccable finds within this little neighborhood. Need a slice of quintessential NYC pizza? John’s of Bleecker Street has a cult-like following of diners who’ve fallen in love with the homey atmosphere and enticing pizzas of this restaurant, open since 1929.
Modeled after the European concept of “gastrotecas,” the Via Carota restaurant is a true neighborhood joint fueled by farm-to-table Italian fare. The cuisine here is old-world at its finest, inspired by the techniques and flavors of 17th century Florence. More high-end Italian fares are found at L’Artusi, renowned for its epicurean modernizations of traditional Italian dishes. American styles get infused with Italian at Don Angie, named one of America’s best new restaurants.
Open late-night for delectable bites and cocktails, the French restaurant Buvette mixes cafe, bistro, and bar to create a distinctive setting that radiates warmth and caters to various needs — whether that be a morning espresso or a 1 AM Croque monsieur. For elevated American classics crafted from only the best ingredients, foodies will want to check out American Bar and their menu of timeless delights. Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream is an absolute dream, particularly for those with a sweet tooth.
West Village isn’t just home to the ultimate NYC vibe — it’s also the setting for several of the city’s most iconic venues and locations. Among the most recognizable, Washington Square Park has been regarded for a long time as a staple in the NYC experience. Just under 10 acres, this park and its monumental arch named for George Washington have served as a meeting place for artists, families, and more since its inception.
The progressive history of West Village and its dynamic population is epitomized along the famed Christopher Street, which is one of the oldest streets in the entire city. Christopher Street has taken on many hats throughout the years, including but not limited to serving as a hub for the trans and gay rights movements and the fight to preserve the city’s architecture.
Christopher Street houses an NYC must-see, The Stonewall Inn. Apart from its status as a National Historic Landmark, which was earned after being the site of the riots considered to be the most influential event leading to the expansion of gay rights, The Stonewall Inn is a vibrant bar where everyone who enters is made to feel at home. Also in West Village is the renowned Comedy Cellar, which has been voted the best comedy club in NYC — and is widely regarded as the best in the entire country.
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