Map of Greenwich Village and Neighborhood Guide

This post is a guide to Greenwich Village with a self-guided tour of things to see and do, including live music, restaurants, shopping and other activities. Can’t join us on one of our guided Greenwich Village tours? Then consider this self-guided tour as an option. You could also download it to use as a map and guide if you end up taking our walking tour.  We even have a GPS audio tour for download.  This two-hour tour begins at Waverly Place and continues throughout the Village to end at the Cooper Union.  Should you have more time to wander – we’ve included some option stops just north of the walking tour!  Be sure to check out many of the restaurants and bakeries.  Click the images below for downloadable .pdf files.  But first, listen to Tour Guide Renee describe the importance of Greenwich Village.

Neighborhood Events

Live Music

Bars and Drinking

Shopping

Hotels and Accommodations

Restaurants and Food

Live Theater and Comedy

Film

 

Duration: this self-guided tour should take you between 90-120 minutes to complete.
Distance: this route is approximately 1.5 miles (2.2 km).

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For a downloadable version of our self-guided tour map, click on the image for a 2 page PDF version.

 

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HOTELS/ACCOMMODATIONS

Finding inexpensive accommodations in the center of Greenwich Village can be a challenge. Part of the charm of the neighborhood is that there are no large chain hotels. Instead, you will find smaller, intimate hotels in older buildings that have been upgraded to include the modern facilities that you desire in a hotel.  These tend to run $300 a night and up. The farther away from the Village you are willing to stay, the more money you will save. For example, staying closer to Tribeca or the outskirts of SoHo at a chain hotel will cost you less and still allow you to walk into Greenwich Village in 15 minutes or less. Here are some suggestions according to budget:

Inexpensive (Under $200 a night)

Unfortunately, it’s slim pickings when it comes to inexpensive hotels in Greenwich Village.

Larchmont Hotel at 21 West 11th St. bet. 6th and 5th Aves. 212-989-9333. Rooms are small and décor is simple. Bathrooms are shared which helps keep the costs down and while this may be a slight inconvenience,  there are only 6 rooms per floor and two full bathrooms. Centrally located in the Village on a quiet street.

The Jane 113 Jane Street.  This hotel also has shared bathrooms to help keep the costs down (though they do have rooms with private bathrooms).  Though it is on the outskirts of Greenwich Village, it is located near the High Line and the Meat Packing District in Chelsea.

Moderate ($200+ a night)

Washington Square Hotel 103 Waverly Place between MacDougal St. and Washington Square North. 212-777-9515. Location, location, location. It doesn’t get better than this in the moderate price range. Rooms are small but comfortable. With so much to do in the Village, you’ll hardly be in your hotel.

Hampton Inn SoHo 54 Watts St. near Sixth Ave. 212-226-6288 or 800-426-7866. Though closer to TriBeCa and SoHo, this modern, full amenity hotel is a 15-20 minute walk away from the central Village with several buses and subway lines right outside. It’s is a great location to explore other neighborhoods as well.

Marriott Courtyard SoHo 181 Varick St. bet. King and Charlton Sts. 212-414-8282. Like the Hampton Inn, the Courtyard SoHo is not in Greenwich Village, but it is one block south of its boundaries. The location is convenient and the rooms are what you’d expect from a Marriott, clean and decently-sized.

Expensive ($300+ a night)

The Marlton  5 West 8th St. bet. 5th and 6th Aves. This boutique, nine-story hotel is in a prime Village location with cozy rooms in a historic building with lots of character.

The Jade 52 West 13th St. bet. 5th and 6th Aves. 212-375-1300 A small boutique hotel located on a quiet street near all the action. Rooms are romantically decorated in the art-deco style of the 1920s. Worth the splurge.

Before you book a hotel for your trip, be sure to check out our blog post on locating cheap accommodations in New York City.

 


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EVENTS

Halloween Village Parade  This famous parade heads uptown through the heart of the Village every October 31st. Among the classic witches and vampires, you’ll find massive and parade floats.  Anyone in costume may join the parade which starts Houston Street and heads uptown along 6th  Avenue.

Gay Pride Parade   This parade is known worldwide began in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the beginning of the modern Gay Rights movement. During the month of June, the city is filled with LGBT Pride events, parties and festivals all culminating in the Parade held the last Sunday in June. One of the most colorful and spirited events in New York City.

Annual Washington Square Music Festival  Still going strong after 50 years, this festival takes place over several nights during June and July.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit  This twice-yearly street fair showcases artists and craft artisans from around the world for two weekends around Memorial Day and two weekends around Labor Day. The fair runs along Washington Square’s east side and north along University Place to East 12th St.

Annual Dachshund Spring Fiesta It’s no coincidence that all of New York City’s dachshunds are out for a walk at the same time and the same place. For the last 23 years on the last weekend in April, dachshund owners bring out their pups to meet and greet under Washington Square Arch.

 


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RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

Cheap

100 Montaditos 176 Bleecker St. bet. MacDougal and Sullivan Sts.  646-719-1713. Montaditos are small sandwiches served in Spain and now you too can choose from 100 filings of meats, cheeses, and vegetables on small, freshly baked rolls. Fun environment with a pretty garden in the back.  Open every day 11am-4am.

Saigon Shack 114 MacDougal St. bet. Bleecker and West 3rd Sts.  212-228-0588. Tasty and inexpensive Vietnamese noodles and sandwiches in a lively atmosphere.  Hours: Sun-Wed 11am-11pm; Thurs- Sat 11am-1am.

Mamouns 119 MacDougal St. bet. Bleecker and West 3rd Sts. No phone. Take-out only. This is the ultimate in cheap, amazingly good Middle Eastern food. A menu staple for Villagers and New York University students for over 4o years, you cannot beat the prices and the taste. They are open until 5 in the morning if you crave the best falafel in town in the middle of the night. Open every day 11am-5am.

Bleeker Street Pizza – this small shop on the corner of Bleeker Street and 7th Ave. has been named New York’s Best Pizza several times in a row.  They are best known for their Nonna pizza.  Pizza can be purchased by the slice for less than $3.

To combine your history and your snacking, join us on our free Greenwich Village Food Tour. If you prefer to go at your own pace, you can download our Self-guided Greenwich Village Food Tour.

Moderate

Jane 100 W Houston St. bet. Thompson St. & Broadway. 212-254-7000. A casual American bistro located between Greenwich Village and Soho serving a value-priced brunch, lunch, and dinner. Hours: Mon 5:00pm-12:00am. Tue-Thurs. 11:30am – 12:00am. Fri & Sat 11:30am – 2:00am, Sun11:00am – 12:00am

Red Bamboo 140 West 4th St bet. 6th Ave & MacDougal St. 212-260-7049. A vegan restaurant whose food is so good that even the most avid meat eater will be won over. You can’t tell the difference between their vegan meatball sub and the real thing.  Hours:  Mon – Fri 12:30pm – 11:30pm; Sat & Sun 12:00pm To 11:30 pm.

John’s of Bleecker Street has been serving pizza pies since 1929 and is one of the few pizzerias still using coal-fired brick ovens, not often found in New York City pizzerias. Coal ovens create a perfect balance between a crispy thin crust and perfectly melted cheese and though John’s doesn’t serve by the slice, you will have no problem gobbling down an entire small pie between two people. Large pies with lots of toppings on the menu. Great for families or groups. Cash only. Hours: Sun-Thurs 11:30am-11:30pm, Fri & Sat 11:30am-12:00am.

Expensive

Minetta Tavern  113 MacDougal St. bet. Bleecker & W. 3rd Sts.  212-475-3850. Once the locale of a speakeasy and bar frequented by authors Ernest Hemingway, Eugene O’Neill, and Dylan Thomas. Serves up Parisian steak in an American tavern environment.  Attire: Smart casual suggested. Hours:  Dinner Sun-Wed 5:30pm-12am, Thurs-Sat. 5:30pm-1am. Lunch Wed-Fri 12pm-3pm. Brunch Sat & Sun 11am-3pm.

Lupa  170 Thompson St. bet. Houston and Bleecker Sts. 212- 982-5089. Fun trattoria with a welcoming atmosphere. Hours: Mon-Thurs:  11:30am – 11:00pm; Fri & Sat 11:30am – 12:00am. Sun 11:30am -11:00pm

Tomoe Sushi 172 Thompson St bet. Houston & Bleecker Sts. 212-777-9346‎. Be prepared to wait in line for huge portions of some of the freshest sushi and sashimi around. Worth the wait. Hours: Mon 5:00 pm-11:00 pm, Tue-Fri Lunch 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. Dinner 5:00 pm-11:00 pm. Sun 5:00 pm-10:00 pm. Amex and cash only.

Very Expensive

Babbo 110 Waverly Place bet. Washington Square North and MacDougal St. 212-777-0303. Italian cuisine owned by Mario Batali, world-renowned restaurateur and Food Network show host.  Attire: Casual Elegant. Reservations a must.  Hours: Dinner Mon-Sat 5:30pm – 11:30pm, Sun 5:00pm – 11:00pm. Lunch Mon-Sat11:30am – 1:30 pm.

Blue Hill 75 Washington Place bet. Washington Square West and 6th Avenue. 212-539-1776. The menu showcases local food and is located in what used to be a former “speakeasy”.  Reservations a must. Hours: Mon-Sat 5:00pm – 11:00pm, Sun 5:00 pm-11:00pm.

 


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LIVE MUSIC

Bitter End 147 Bleecker St. bet. Thompson St. and LaGuardia Place. 212-673-7030.  Historic music club opened in 1961 with legendary 1960’s acts before they were legendary, including Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Jim Croce, David Crosby, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie and more.  You can see a wide range of musical performances and book readings at a very reasonable cover charge in an intimate and historic atmosphere.

Village Vanguard  178 7th Ave South below 11th St. 212-255-4037.This renowned jazz club opened in 1935 and it was here that such master musicians like John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Bill Evans recorded memorable live albums. Today the Vanguard presents a great lineup of jazz performers but you’ll pay a premium for such fine music. Most shows cost $30 per person. Reservations are a good idea.

Blue Note  131 West 3rd St bet. 6th  Ave. and MacDougal St.  212-475-8592, is one of the premier jazz clubs in the world featuring well-known and respected jazz and blues performers. Be prepared to pay for the excellence of its performances.

Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St. bet. Thompson and Sullivan Sts. 212-505-FISH, offers an assortment of fun, folksy, funky music, art and comedy shows at very affordable prices in an unpretentious environment.

Cafe Wha  115 MacDougal St. at Minetta Lane. 212-254-3706. From funk to rock, jam out night nightly with the amazing house band. Reservations are recommended.

 


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LIVE THEATER AND STAND-UP COMEDY

Greenwich Village is known for its excellent off-Broadway productions and comedy clubs at affordable prices.

Cherry Lane Theatre  38 Commerce St. bet. Bedford and Barrow Sts. 212-989-2020. New York City’s oldest continuously running off-Broadway theater.  Since 1924, the theatre has presented the works of Eugene O’Neill, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Clifford Odets, Sam Shepard and David Mamet.  Quality productions in a historic New York landmark.

Barrow Street Theatre 27 Barrow Street at 7th  Ave. 212-868-4444. Catch an off-Broadway production excellent new play or classic works like of Our Town and Waiting for Godot.

Comedy Cellar  117 MacDougal St. bet. West 3rd St. and Minetta Lane.  212-254-3480. Literally underground in a cellar, this comedy club offers a chance to see a full evening of different comics both famous and up-and-coming. They recently added a second room just around the corner at The Village Underground 130 W. 3rd St. bet. 6th  Ave. and MacDougal St.

 


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BARS AND DRINKING

Blind Tiger Ale House  281 Bleecker St. at the corner of Jones St. 212-462-4682.  If you love your craft beer, this is the bar for you. Their menu features 28 craft beers on tap that change regularly as well as a large list of bottled beer. Wine drinkers don’t dismay, they serve wine too.  The bar food is surprisingly good. Open every day 11:30am-4am.

8th Street Wine Cellar   28 W 8th St bet. 5th Ave. and MacDougal St. 212-260-9463. A cozy, under street level wine bar that carries 20 wines by the glass and 90 wines by the bottle as well as light food to complement your wine. Open every day 4pm-2am.

Stonewall Inn 53 Christopher St. at 7th Ave. 212-488-2705. Get a drink in the always festive bar “Where Pride Began”.  Open every day from 2 pm-4am.

124 Old Rabbit 124 MacDougal St. bet. West 3rd and Bleecker Sts. 212-254-0575.  This bar is hard to find since it carries on in the spirit of the Prohibition era of the 1920s and replicates the feel of a ‘speakeasy’. This small underground beer bar serves more than 70 imported brews. Hours:  Sun-Thu 6pm-2am; Fri-Sat 6pm-4am.  Cash only.

The Dove Parlour 228 Thompson St. bet. West 3rd and Bleecker St. 212-254-1435.  This cocktail lounge is an oasis in a neighborhood overflowing with pubs and beer houses. The original and fresh cocktails, such as the Lavender Gin Rickey or the Silk Road Margarita, are served in an intimate, low-lit atmosphere with soft jazz playing in the background.  Open daily 4pm-4am.

Corner Bistro  331 W. 4th St. bet. Jane St & 12th St.  212-242-9502. A village favorite for more than 30 years known for serving one of the best burgers in town to go along with your beer.  Low key, friendly staff.

These bars most likely have a Happy Hour, a certain time of day when many bars, pubs, lounges and even some restaurants offer drink specials such as reduced prices or ‘buy one drink, get the second one free’ (often listed as 2-for-1). For a list of websites that will help you find deals and bargains in the Village and beyond see our Happy Hour blog post.

 


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FILM

The Village is known for its independent cinema and there are a few theaters where you can find indie, classic or foreign films that you won’t find playing in mainstream theaters.

IFC Center  323 Sixth Ave. and West 3rd St. 212-924-7771

Quad Cinema 34 West 13th St. bet. 5th  and 6th  Aves.   212-255-2243

Cinema Village 22 East 12th St. bet. 5th  and 6th Aves.  212-629-5097

 


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SHOPPING

Some of the best Village shopping can be found along Bleecker Street (from LaGuardia Place to Hudson Street) and 8th  Street (from Broadway to 6th  Ave.) and MacDougal Street (from West 3rd Street and Bleecker). If you have the time just wander through the streets and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the array of eclectic and one-of-a-kind items you will find. For more upscale items, visit the streets beyond 7th Avenue in the West Village.

Generation Records 210 Thompson Street bet. 3rd and Bleecker Sts. 212-254-1100. Bleecker St was once known as THE street to hit up to find new, used and rare vinyl records. Due to rising rents, many of the decade-old shops have relocated or shut down. Fortunately, a few remain tucked away on side streets. Generation is one of our favorites. Open every day 11:00am-10:00pm.

The Market NYC 159 Bleecker St. bet. Sullivan and Thompson Sts. 646-691-4525.  This large, multi-level indoor market has something for everyone: designer to vintage clothes, handmade jewelry, hand-made soaps and artisan crafts, eyewear, and collectibles.  A fun atmosphere of individual stalls, you are sure to find something here for everyone.  Hours: Wed-Sun 12pm-7pm, Thurs-Fri 12 to 8pm, Saturday 11am-8pm.

8th Street “unofficial” shoe district 8th St. bet. 5th and 6th Aves.  Similar to Bleecker Street’s history as the “unofficial” vinyl district, 8th Street once housed dozens of shoe stores on this one block. High rents have caused a decrease in the overwhelming number of stores, but you will still find plenty of shoe stores here selling trendy (and comfortable) brands such as Doc Martins, Birkenstock, Camper, Steve Madden and so mmuchmore.  Click here on the link above for a list of stores.

Land of Buddha 128 MacDougal St. bet. 3rd and Bleecker Sts. 646-206-9466. This small shop is one of the few authentic Tibetan/Buddhist stores in the United States. They specialize in Eastern antiques, jewelry, traditional Buddhist prayer paraphernalia, Tibetan clothing and Himalayan crafts. Very much in the tradition of the ‘alternative’ aura of the Village of the 1960s.  Open every day from 12:00pm-10:00pm.

The Village Tannery  173 Bleecker St. bet Sullivan and MacDougal Sts. 212-673-5444.  This longtime, well-known local store sells handcrafted leather bags, wallets, belts backpacks, tote bags, laptop bags and even takes custom orders.  Though the price range is hefty, these bags will last you many, many years to come. Open every day 11:00am-11:00pm.

Hamlet’s Vintage  146 West 4th St. bet 6th Ave. and Washington Square West.  212-338-1561. When shopping in the Village it is practically mandatory to visit a vintage clothing shop.  This shop will satisfy vintage connoisseurs due to its array of eras, styles and reasonable prices. Open every day 12:00pm-8pm.

Village Chess Shop 82 West 3rd St. bet. Thompson and Sullivan Sts.  212-475-9580. Opened in 1972, this store was one of the first to cater to the long-time chess players of Washington Square Park. It carries chess sets from around the world and offers classes and a chess camp. There store displays of unique chess sets give the store the feel of a museum. Open every day 6am-6pm.

Book Book 266 Bleecker bet. Cornelia and Morton Sts. 212-807-0180. As the world of independent book stores grows smaller, Book Book stands strong with a great deals on new books, a bargain bestseller selection and a nice section of new York-related books. Open every day 11:0am-10:00pm.

 


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