Celebrities, Shopping, Restaurants
The West Village is one of the most premium residential areas of New York City. Filled with tree-lined streets, beautiful old brownstones and hundreds of shops, restaurants and cafés, it is truly a quintessential NYC neighborhood, inhabited by locals and celebrities who can afford to live anywhere they choose. If you’ve watched any pop culture television or movies, such as Friends or Sex and the City, then you are already quite familiar with the West Village…now it’s time to come experience it!
The West Village is a quaint neighborhood with some of the best dining and shopping in New York City. There is hardly anything “touristy” about it, except, maybe Magnolia Bakery. Great people, atmosphere and NYC culture – when people move to NY, this is often their #1 choice of neighborhoods in which to live.
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Babbo (110 Waverly, 6th Ave/MacDougal) – Mario Batali. Very romantic, upstairs on the 2nd floor of a converted brownstone.
Snack Taverna (63 Bedford/Morton)- Greek, romantic, quaint, local favorite.
Spotted Pig (314 W 11th/ Greenwich St) – also Mario Batali. Delicious, quaint, indulgent. Upscale, but down home atmosphere British/Italian food. Always see celebs here.
Extra Virgin (W 4th, Perry St) – delicious brunch, casual. Small, but great atmosphere.
Del Posto (85 10th Ave, 16th St) – also Mario Batali. Italian, pricey, but worth it. A perfect place for a special occasion.
El Faro (823 Greenwich STREET, Horatio)– Spanish, a NY institution. Tiny, maybe seats 40 ppl – delicious.
Morandi (211 Waverly Place, 7th Ave)– rustic Italian, same owners as Balthazar
Cowgirls Hall of Fame (519 Hudson at 10th St) – Eight kinds of bbq sauce for kids to do taste tests, games to play. Rumor has it, if the waitress likes you, the kids get cowboy/girl hats.
Café Wha? (115 MacDougal St, Minetta Lane)– live music and original stomping ground for Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. Bruce Springsteen, Peter, Paul & Mary and others.
Jean Le Gourman French Creperie – machine-made flawless crepes. The machine can make a crepe every 20 seconds.
Las Ramblas – one of my favorite, tiny, tapas places in NYC
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- Walk up and down Bleecker Street and check out all the shops and restaurants
- Marc Jacobs, Verve (bags and shoes), James Perse, Polo Ralph Lauren, Scoop, Lulu Guinness and dozens more boutiques on just a few blocks
- Christian Louboutin (59 Horatio St @ Greenwich St)
West Village Hotels
Jane Hotel NYC
The room’s are designed like a ship’s cabin. The low rate catch is there is only a single bed — and the coed bathroom is down the hall. Some rooms offer bunk beds and the “captain’s cabin” with private bathroom starts at $225. The hip, but tiny rooms, come with free wi-fi, 23-inch LCD television, DVD player, iPod dock, built-in drawers and a luggage rack plus bicycles are complimentary and they are right on the Hudson River. Brunch at the Jane Hotel is a NYC favorite.
- Read Reviews: The Jane
- 113 Jane St, West St
Nearby Hotels: Meatpacking District
- 1, 9 to Christopher Street-Sheridan Square
- A, C, E or B, D, F, V to West 4th Street
- N, R (yellow) to 8th Street
- General Address: 401 Bleecker St, NY, NY 10014
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West Village Itinerary from a Local NYer
Submitted by by Jodi Lin Wiener
Do your day like a real downtown New Yorker. Get off the A train at 8th Avenue and 14th street, head west and climb the Highline. Walk the elevated way, and start your day with some exercise and awe inspiring NYC scenery. Turn around and take to the Meatpacking District’s cool cobblestone streets. Have “brunch” like the locals at the super chic Extra Virgin or the Standard hotel and fuel up for your day of shop-hopping.
From DVF to McQueen, these boutiques are as you’ve never seen, and as fun to peruse in as to make a purchase. Eventually head south on Hudson, and be amazed as it turns to NYC’s famous Bleecker street. Savor a cupcake at Magnolia, a glass of Rose at August, and continue to make your way downtown.
Sit for a delectable pizza at John’s then head east over 6th avenue. Pick from one of the many live music, jazz and rock clubs, and enjoy sweet tunes, libations and a very authentic crowd. These are some of the first clubs Dylan and Bowie played, and home to many rock legends. Take your friends, take pictures and take a taxi home if it’s late.
They say, the best is saved for last. This last day in NYC is sure to be your best!
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