East Village NYC

East Village NYC

Come explore the East Village of NYC! Find the perfect East Village hotels, restaurants, tours, shopping, entertainment and more!

The East Village is one of New York City's most artistic neighborhoods, and used to be considered part of the lower East Side. There are several smaller neighborhoods that make up the East Village like Alphabet City and the Bowery. It became a hotspot for artists and writers in the 1950's, and ever since then the East Village has taken off all on its own to become one of the best culinary and artistic destinations in NYC. 

Top Ten Things to Do in the East Village

  1. Travel back in time at the Merchant's House Museum. See how the inhabitants of this gorgeous house lived in the mid-19th century, and learn about how the changing tides of the day affected one New York family and their servants.
  2. Explore St. Mark's Church in the Bowery. This East Village landmark dates all the way back to 1799, and guests can take a tour of the premises and witness why local arts lovers and Esposcaplians alike have been flocking here for generations.
  3. Spend a relaxing afternoon at Tompkins Square Park. This green oasis can be found next to the famous Alphabet City neighborhood, and packing a picnic to enjoy on one of the park benches is a great way to spend an afternoon in the East Village. Visitors can even spot Jazz legend Charlie Parker's house on the East Side of the park.
  4. Catch a glimpse of old New York at Astor Place Subway Station. At the beginning of the 20th century, almost all of the Subway entrance signs looked like the grandiose one at this station, so snap a photo of what NYC used to look like before jetting out on the metro to your next destination.
  5. Take a tour of an old speakeasy and have a drink at William Barnacle Tavern. This was a speakeasy during the Prohibition era, and guests are welcome to take a tour of the hidden tunnels and other remnants of that time before they have a satisfying drink at this tavern.
  6. Do some shopping at a cool East Village Boutique. Duo has a mix of vintage and vintage-inspired clothing items, and Still House has an array of delicate dishes and dainty locally-made jewelery. Check out all the best places to go shopping in East Village!
  7. Go on an NYC Walking Tour of the East Village. This neighborhood has some of the best food and drink options in all of the city, so fit as much into your itinerary as possible by going on a food walking tour or a beer tour.
  8. Discover another culture at the Ukranian Museum. Eastern European immigrants have been a dominant presence in the East Village since the late 1800's, and this museum is dedicated to preserving the culture of "Little Ukraine" with a fascinating collection of art, clothing, and artifacts.
  9. Hear spoken word at Bowery Poetry Club. The East Village was once the cultural mecca for beatnik poets everywhere, and this poetry club plays to that tradition with poetry nights and snacks.
  10. Catch a performance at the The Public Theater. More affordable than a broadway show but just as intriguing, the shows at the Public Theater are worth checking out next time you're in the East Village.
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Where to Eat in the East Village:

  • Momofuku Ssam Bar: Culinary star David Chang's East Village restaurant serves up Korean inspired fare that locals flock from all over the city to taste. Be sure to try one of their legendary pork buns, mouthwatering duck dishes and crunchy rice cakes.
  • Pommes Frites: Order up some authentic Belgian french fries from this popular specialty food stop, and then top them off with your choice of a series of eclectic sauces. Sweet mango chutney, rosemary garlic mayo, parmesan peppercorn and pomegranate teriyaki mayo are just a few of the delicious sauces you'll have to choose from.
  • Banjara: Craving Indian food? Head to Little India's restaurant row in the East Village, and pick one of the restaurants like Banjara for some tasty curry and chandi kebobs.
  • Upstate: Seafood aficionados will be in food heaven at this delectable East Village restaurant. Fresh oysters, fettucine with claims and whiskey cake keep locals coming back to this NYC hotspot for happy hour and dinner.
  • Hearth: This Italian-American restaurant is the perfect spot for a homey dinner in the East Village. It is known for delicious rustic food like braised lamb sausage, mushroom gnocchi and saffron lasagna.