Whether you’re brand new to New York or you’ve been living here all your life, you might not know that the East Village has a lot more to offer than punk rock history. While up until a few years ago the East Village was known for little more than being home to CBGB (now a men’s clothing boutique), this incredible neighborhood has seriously grown up and grown into itself. Now it’s home to some of New York’s best shopping, dining, and nightlife experiences. Looking for something to do in the East Village on any day (or night) of the week? Check out a few of our favorite spots!
Catch a Show That’s Way Off Broadway
Want some entertainment? East Village has it! At Theatre 80, you can catch “Bayside! The Musical!” an unauthorized parody musical of everyone’s favorite ‘90s teen sitcom, “Saved By the Bell”. The East Village is also home to the Orpheum Theater, where you can see Stomp live, and you can catch the Blue Man Group in the village, too.
Don’t feel like sitting down for a show? How about BYOV (Bring Your Own Vinyl) at Garret East? This cool bar and restaurant have some of the best DJs around, and if you bring your vinyl, they’ll work it into the mix so you can dance to your favorite tunes on an incredible sound system while you enjoy a cocktail or dance with friends and strangers.
Other great East Village night spots include Booker and Dax, where you can enjoy space-age, high-tech booze; Death & Company, where the mixologists are as inventive as they are skilled; and D.B.A., where you’ll get the finest beer selection in Manhattan. Of course, these are just a few of the spots in the East Village where you can get a nightcap or go for happy hour, but they’ll give you a good place to start exploring the neighborhood.
Eclectic Shopping in the Village
If you’re in the mood for a little retail therapy, the East Village is where it’s at. Community 54 offers an amazing selection of old and new labels with a wide variety of the coolest street wear around. Looking for some cool and unique new frames or shades? Fabulous Fanny’s has you covered for all your glasses needs (other than prescriptions, of course).
Want to explore an Old World-style shop in the middle of New York City? Visit John Derian on East 2nd Street between Bowery and Second Ave. This shop has all of the oddities and unique décor you could ever hope for.
Looking for a cool vintage outfit for a special occasion? You can find it all at Metropolis at 43 Third Avenue. And if you have your eye on one of the pricier options, you can even rent it for the occasion and then bring it back so that you don’t go broke looking fabulous for any event.
Dine in Style
From fine dining to street food, you can get it all in the East Village. For delicious Indian cuisine, try Babu Ji. Want a taste of Austria while you dine in a greenhouse-inspired patio? Check out Edi & the Wolf. Or you could enjoy deconstructed and reconstructed Mexican-inspired haute-cuisine at Empellón Cocina.
The sky is the limit for things to do and places to shop and dine in the East Village. Start exploring with these tips and see where they take you!