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What To See & Do In Greenwich Village, New York City
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What To See & Do In Greenwich Village, New York City

Picture of Jordan Johnson
Updated: 9 February 2017
With tree-lined streets and unique architecture, Greenwich Village is home to a wealth of restaurants, cafés, cultural centers, and stores. Whether you’re visiting New York City for the first time or have been a long time resident, there are great finds for everyone dotting the streets of this lively neighborhood.
Buvette Gastrothèque | © Jordan Johnson
Buvette Gastrothèque | © Jordan Johnson
Buvette Gastrothèque
Restaurant, French, $$$
A.P.C. Surplus

A.P.C. Surplus | © Jordan Johnson

Buvette Gastrothèque

Make your way to Buvette for a charming ambiance and a delectable brunch. They do not take reservations, but a seat in Buvette is well worth the wait. The Belgian waffle is a must-have for any sweet-breakfast aficionado, but if savory meals are more to your preference, try their scrambled eggs with prosciutto on toast. If the brunch line is too long, not to worry— Buvette offers an afternoon and evening menu as well.

Buvette Gastrothèque, 42 Grove Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 255 3590

A.P.C. Surplus | © Jordan Johnson
A.P.C. Surplus | © Jordan Johnson

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Sun - Mon:
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Mon - Tue:
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Tue - Wed:
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Wed - Thu:
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Thu - Fri:
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat:
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
7:00 am - 2:00 am

A.P.C. Surplus
Store, Shop
The Elk

The Elk | © Jordan Johnson

A.P.C. Surplus

Diverge from the crowds of SoHo and Fifth Ave for a more quaint shopping experience in Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is known for its many boutiques, and A.P.C. Surplus is one you don’t want to miss. The French brand offers a collection of chic, minimalist clothing and accessories for men and women. If you’re looking for discounts, you’ll find some great pieces of past collections at this Surplus location. Additionally, head one block west to find options from the current collections at the A.P.C. storefront.

A.P.C. Surplus, 92 Perry Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 371 9292

The Elk | © Jordan Johnson
The Elk | © Jordan Johnson

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Sun:
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon:
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 7:00 pm

The Elk
Coffee Shop, Tea , American, $$$
IFC Center

IFC Center | © Jordan Johnson

The Elk

The Elk, a coffee shop and general convenience store, is beautifully designed and serves up not only great coffee, but breakfast and lunchtime food options as well. The Elk creates a comfortable space for all customers, with computer-free designated tables for conversations and reading. If you’re looking to get some work done on your personal computer, sit along the bar and connect to the store’s free Wi-Fi.

The Elk, 128 Charles Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 933 4780

IFC Center | © Jordan Johnson
IFC Center | © Jordan Johnson

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Sun:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon:
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue:
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed:
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu:
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri:
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm

IFC Center
Movie Theater, Theater

IFC Center

The IFC Center is a Greenwich Village staple. Screening independent films with special series and events, the IFC Center is much more than your average movie theater. On the weekends, you can check out their Weekend Classics at 11 am Friday through Sunday, or catch midnight showings of cult films at their Waverly Midnights on Friday and Saturday. Find current releases, upcoming series and events, and show times here, and be sure to take a peak at the collection of vintage movie posters on display in the Posteritati Gallery.

IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 924 7771

Popbar | © Jordan Johnson
Popbar | © Jordan Johnson

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Popbar
Ice Cream Parlour, Ice Cream, American, $$$

Popbar

Popsicles are one of the portable food trends, and if you’re on the hunt for a sweet pit stop or a quick cool-off from the summer heat, check out Popbar. With all of the flavors lined up and ready to go, Popbar is a treat for both your eyes and your taste buds. Choose from light and tart flavors or rich and creamy as a base for your pop, and decide if you want it dipped in melted chocolate and coated in select toppings.

Popbar, 5 Carmine Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 255 4874

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Mon:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Whitney Museum of American Art
Museum

Whitney Museum of American Art

After relocating from the Upper East Side to its new home at the intersection of Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking District, the Whitney Museum opened its doors to the public on May 1, 2015. Just off the lowest entrance of The High Line, the Whitney presents 20th century and contemporary American Art. The museum is closed on Tuesdays, but offers extended hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Daily tours are available, no reservation required.

Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 570 3600

Magnolia Bakery | © Jordan Johnson
Magnolia Bakery | © Jordan Johnson

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Mon - Thu:
10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sun:
10:30 am - 6:00 pm

Magnolia Bakery
Bakery, Dessert, $$$
Queues form outside Magnolia Bakery

Queues form outside Magnolia Bakery | © Citizen of the Planet / Alamy Stock Photo

Magnolia Bakery

A trip to Greenwich Village wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Magnolia Bakery. Though they’ve opened multiple stores in New York City, Greenwich Village is home to its original location. The famed bakery gained momentum with appearances in several television shows and movies such as Sex and the City, and boasts an array of confections to satisfy any sweet tooth. Try one of their famous cupcakes or go for a slice of their decadent layered cakes—you won’t be disappointed with your choice.

Magnolia Bakery, 401 Bleecker Street, W 11th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 462 2572

Cafe Gitane | © Jordan Johnson
Cafe Gitane | © Jordan Johnson

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Sun:
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Sat:
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Café Gitane

Tucked away inside The Jane Hotel is Café Gitane. The menu is a fusion of Moroccan and French cuisines, offering flavorful and exotic dishes. Try the refreshing carrot salad with cilantro, mint, and orange blossom, or a pomegranate glazed salmon fillet. The eclectic décor and accents of color create a vibrant atmosphere to complement the menu. If you’re looking to eat outdoors, visit the rooftop at The Jane Hotel where you can order from the menu downstairs at Cafe Gitane.

Café Gitane, The Jane Hotel, 113 Jane Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 255 4143

Fat Cat | © Jordan Johnson
Fat Cat | © Jordan Johnson


Fat Cat
Music Venue
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Fat Cat

Make your way from the charming Greenwich Village streets to this underground jazz club for some friendly competition and live music. With pool tables, ping-pong tables, shuffleboard, and more, Fat Cat provides a great space to meet up with friends for drinks and games, and to enjoy live jazz. Check out Fat Cat’s mission to learn more about the community organization and educational programs that they offer, as well.

Fat Cat, 75 Christopher Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 675 6065

Tea & Sympathy | © Jordan Johnson
Tea & Sympathy | © Jordan Johnson

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Sun - Mon:
12:00 pm - 4:00 am
Mon - Tue:
2:00 pm - 4:00 am
Tue - Wed:
2:00 pm - 4:00 am
Wed - Thu:
2:00 pm - 4:00 am
Thu - Fri:
2:00 pm - 4:00 am
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 4:00 am
Sat - Sun:
12:00 pm - 4:00 am

Accessibility & Audience:

Adults Only

Services & Activities:

Dancing

Atmosphere:

Indoors

Tea & Sympathy
Cafe, Tea Room, British, $$$
Afternoon tea, desserts and sweets.

Afternoon tea, desserts and sweets. | © Supreecha Samansukumal / Shutterstock

Tea & Sympathy

Tea & Sympathy brings authentic British flavors and products to the heart of Greenwich Village. Serving up traditional British breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner, this restaurant is cozy and welcoming. Additionally, you can find an array of British groceries and gifts next door. Tea & Sympathy provides the atmosphere of a tea shop across the pond, without needing to step foot on an airplane.

Tea & Sympathy, 108 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 989 9735

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Sun:
9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
9:30 am - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Afternoon Tea

Atmosphere:

Boutique, Quiet