Top 10 Things To See And Do In NoHo

Ashlyn Grisetti

Although one of NYC’s tiniest neighborhoods, NoHo is filled with eclectic restaurants, art galleries, and boho-chic shopping outlets. The home of artists like Andy Warhol, NoHo’s unconventional character and rich architecture make for a splendid afternoon walk. Whether it’s live poetry readings, classical theatre screenings, or sublime shopping, this East Village neighborhood has something for everyone. Here are our curated picks of activities that will entertain any traveler roaming through this funky neighborhood.

Merchant House

1. Merchant's House Museum

Museum, Park

A glimpse into the lives of a wealthy merchant-class family is put on display in one of the finest examples of domestic architecture from the mid-19th century. A National Historic Landmark, Merchant’s House Museum carries a vast collection of items from the Tredwell family, who lived in the house from 1835-1933. Visitors can explore the collections of furniture, clothing, books, and household items from the Victorian era. Be sure to explore the dresses and fashion accessories belonging to the Tredwell women. Tours are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

2. Blue Man Group

Theatre

Known for their energetic and bold blue characters, Blue Man Group performances combine live music, audience interactions, and comedy to create a multi-media sensory experience for both families and adults to enjoy. The show explores themes of creativity and curiosity, as animated texts run throughout the show. The Astor Place Theatre is the original home of the Blue Man Group and has led to one of the longest successful off-Broadway productions. The show offers group deals, student discounts, and special performances, including an autism-friendly performance on Saturday, September 26th at 2pm.

3. Joe's Pub at The Public

Pub, African

Boosting an array of performing artists from Lady Gaga to Leonard Cohen, Joe’s Pub at The Public has been celebrated as one of New York City’s best venues for emerging and established performance artists. Since 1998, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theatre delivers a mission to support young artists and provide a space for established artists to develop new works of musical genius. Serving over 100,000 audience members annually, guests are treated to a variety of performances from Broadway actors to GRAMMY Award winners. On September 4th be sure to check out Somi, a talented East African vocalist and song writer who draws inspiration from African jazz and pop beats.

4. The Public Theater

Theater

Established by the visionary Joseph Papp in 1967, The Public has transformed the nature of theatre. Producing Shakespearean works along with classics, musicals, and experimental pieces, this nonprofit theater engages audiences both nationally and internationally with the creation of new works from emerging writers and under-represented talent. The Public also operates the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, where it presents the beloved summer tradition of Shakespeare in the Park free of charge. Joe’s Pub is located within the venue, and $20 rush tickets are available an hour prior to performances.

5. Indochine Restaurant

Restaurant, Vietnamese, French

Known as one of the most stylish restaurants in the city, Japanese box lights and palm trees painted on walls serves as the backdrop for this French-Vietnamese fusion restaurant. Guests love Indochine’s fried spring rolls and steamed Vietnamese ravioli. For the main course, order the marinated hanger steak or glazed duck breast. The stylish ambiance makes a crowd of artists, models, fashion editors, and celebrities.

6. Gemma Restaurant

Brasserie, Restaurant, Boutique Hotel Restaurant, Italian

Gemma Restaurant is a North Italian brasserie perfect as a summertime date night spot, as couples can enjoy the sidewalk-seating area. The ambiance is rustic, from the dishes to the décor. Be sure to order the truffle polenta fries, along with prosciutto and arugula pizza for appetizers. Dinner favorites include tortellini di spinaci e ricotta and baked eggs with tomato, avocado, and prosciutto.

7. Patricia Field

Shop, Store

Bowery Poetry Club
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Unique feathery, glittery, and lace items fill the racks of celebrity stylist Patricia Field’s one of a kind boutique shop. A fashion legend, Field is responsible for dressing beloved TV and movie characters like Carrie Bradshaw and Miranda Priestly. Customers love the fun, playful garments and funky jewelry sections spanning this two level cultural hotspot. Be sure to check out the onsite hair and makeup salon.

8. Bowery Poetry Club

Theatre, Art Gallery, Library

Poetry readings, improv acts, and open mic nights make this popular gathering spot for both established and emerging artists a must-see stop. The mission of Bowery Poetry Club is to develop and produce works from emerging poets and performers, sharing in the creativity process. On any given night, guests are treated to jazz and folk performance acts, political verse poems, and hip-hop lessons. Enjoy one of the club’s mixed drink creations named after famous poets and writers.

9. The Hole NYC

Art Gallery

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This contemporary art gallery represents emerging artist talent through offbeat exhibits and a variety of special events. Be sure to catch the Future Feminism exhibit, running from September 11th-27th. This lecture series and performance will act as a manifesto to artists and musicians representing strong feminist views and perspectives. Those who favor eclectic works of art must visit The Hole as part of their trip to NoHo.

10. Screaming Mimi's

Shop

Unique and one of a kind treasures surround this vintage haven, where customers enjoy everything from ‘60s poodle skirts to ‘80s sunglasses and leg warmers. A favorite destination for designers and fashion bloggers, Mimi’s ideal customer is the stylish New Yorker who believes the best fashion moments were born in the previous decades. A full range of accessories from handbags to shoes, along with extensive colorful wardrobe racks makes certain that no customer will go home empty handed.
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