With a history of activism, art, and bohemian spirit, Greenwich Village has always been home to small businesses and big ideas. Today the neighborhood is as diverse and inclusive as ever, housing everything from classic Manhattan landmarks to innovative young restaurants. Here we’ve profiled ten of the most unique places sharing the West Village streets.
Amongst the slew of jazz clubs populating Greenwich Village, Smalls Jazz Club stands out for its intimate venue and diverse bookings. Ranging from classic to contemporary sounds, this hole-in-the-wall spot offers three nightly performances (at special discounts for students and late-night patrons). With creative cocktails, friendly service, and a retro speakeasy atmosphere, Smalls specializes in big fun.
Since introducing the cappuccino to America in 1927, Caffe Reggio has dedicated itself to providing New Yorkers with an authentic European dining experience. Serving Italian staples like pasta with homemade pesto, ricotta cheese cake, and canollis, the cafe has designed an impressive food menu to accompany its selection of Italian wines and coffee beverages. With its European-inspired sidewalk seating and warm interior decorated with antiques and artwork, this historical spot allows you to explore the culinary offerings of Europe without ever leaving New York.
Packed with quality vintage finds dating from the 1930s to the 1980s, Star Struck has attracted the attention and business of both fashion industry players and style-savvy New Yorkers. Let the shop’s knowledgable staff guide you through its extensive collection of vintage band shirts, military wear, and more. You can expect to score both timeless wardrobe staples and fun playful pieces at this one-stop vintage destination.
Celebrate the neighborhood’s artistic history with a visit to Maccarone, a gallery showcasing excitingly experimental work by established artists. Presenting paintings, sculptures, and interactive installations, the establishment delivers consistently strong and thought-provoking exhibitions.
Your favorite kid’s menu staple gets a grown-up twist at Sticky’s Finger Joint, where fried and grilled chicken tenders are served in inventive flavors like salted caramel pretzel and wasabi-ginger. The menu of graduated snacks features additional elevated classics such as truffle fries and the popular fried green beans. Its late-night hours and familiar flavorful dishes make Sticky’s a great place for kids at heart to cap off a night out.
As implied by its name, Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books is not your average bookstore. Composed entirely of hand-picked selections, the unique stock of this independent shop ranges from renowned classics by authors like William Shakespeare and Allen Ginsberg to more obscure titles on philosophy, art, and more. Perfect for open-minded browsing and comic book hunting, Unoppressive Non-Imperialist promises refreshingly unusual finds at remarkably low prices.
Take in a film at the IFC Center, an alternative theater showcasing independent, foreign, and documentary films. Often hosting in-person Q&A sessions with the creative teams behind its screened works, the art house caters to dedicated film enthusiasts as well as individuals looking for a richer, more immersive movie-going experience.
For standup performances from veteran talents, check out Comedy Cellar, the city’s premier comedy club. Hosting a number of experienced comics each night, the club is known for its frequent surprise guests like Louis CK and Sarah Silverman.
With boardgames, billiards, live music, and more, this multi-purpose bar offers something for everyone. A great destination for group outings, fat cat’s spacious below-ground area is stocked with games including ping pong, shuffleboard, and scrabble. For smaller groups, the intimate lounge area complete with comfortable worn-in couches is the perfect place to enjoy live musical performances.
Visit one of Manhattan’s most iconic landmarks, celebrated for its architecture, history, and the varied crowd it attracts. Home to the famed Washington Arch, Washington Square Park is an unmissable destination for locals and tourists alike. Behold students, families, and devoted chess players gathered harmoniously around the park’s grand fountain in an admirable exhibition of the city’s diverse environment.