Greenwich Village is arguably one of the most the charming places in New York. The 220 acres that make up the city neighborhood (Central Park is 843 acres, for scale) are filled with picturesque streets, lined with trees, brownstones, and plenty of adorable boutiques and cafés that can take days, if not weeks, to fully explore and enjoy. As Hillary Clinton would say, “It takes a village,” to make New York so great! If you’re ever in the Village, here are some of the neighborhood’s must-do’s.
Grab a Bite at Murray’s Cheese
The best cheese shop in all of New York, if not the world, is in the heart of Greenwich Village on Bleecker Street. Stop by the cheese counter to sample and purchase cheeses sourced from all over the world, and then head next door to Murray’s Cheese Bar, where you can enjoy a cheese plate with a glass of wine and a steamy dish of mac and cheese to celebrate your love for all things cheesy.
Relax in Washington Square Park
The unofficial campus of NYU, most recognizable by its historical arch overlooking Fifth Avenue, is always teeming with eccentric artists, musicians, and street entertainers. Bring a book and a blanket to sit, relax, and enjoy the creative energy the city has to offer. Nearby, there are plenty of restaurants on MacDougal Street that offer takeout; swing by Mamoun’s Falafel or Artichoke Pizza for a snack in the park.
Date Night at One if by Land, Two if by Sea
Said to be the most romantic restaurant in all of New York, One if by Land, Two if by Sea is the place to wine and dine your better half. Once located in an 18th century carriage house formerly occupied by Aaron Burr, this stylish restaurant boasts a history as rich as its prix fixe menu. To really treat your date, splurge on the $135 seven–course chef’s tasting, featuring mouthwatering dishes like a seared scallop with butternut pho and pickled shimeji, and seared Hudson Valley foie gras with roasted Bartlett pear, cinnamon brioche, and beurre noisette aioli.
Have a Few Laughs at the Comedy Cellar
Fans of Louie will recognize the entrance to this iconic comedy club from the opening sequence of Louis C.K.’s dark sitcom, but plenty of famous comedians like Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle, Nikki Glaser and many more, have made names for themselves there—and still drop by unannounced! Shows range from $5-20 and have a two item minimum (food or drink), but can you really put a price on laughter?
Play Drag Bingo at Le Poisson Rouge
This concert venue and art space is home to one of Greenwich Village’s most beloved events: Linda Loves Bingo. Admission is free, bingo cards are two for $5, and you can win prizes! Plus, you’ll be entertained—very entertained.
Catch an Indie Film at the IFC Center
This old school movie house isn’t about IMAX screens or gourmet food delivered to your in-theater table but, rather, a no-frills, sticky floor, popcorn-scented movie watching experience. Both foreign and American independent films screen here, and many are followed by Q&A’s with the cast and crew.
Pamper Yourself at Caudalie Boutique Spa
While shopping at Caudalie’s for their unbeatable luxury skincare products, sign yourself up for one (or more) of their heavenly spa treatments. Their facials and full body treatments will pamper your skin and leave you feeling completely refreshed.