The East Village of New York was for years regarded as the city’s Bohemia, where singers, songwriters, and painters called home. Nowadays we all know that things have shifted and you can most likely find that lifestyle over the Brooklyn bridge.
Nonetheless, the East Village is still one of downtown’s most quintessential neighborhoods. Its radical edge has somewhat faded with gentrification but remnants of its spirited past endure in artsy hangouts.
Recent years have seen an influx of restaurants and bars, standing alongside some of the best vintage in the city. That’s without mentioning the people watching…That alone is a reason worth going.
This iconic brown stone was built in 1848, as Lafayette Street emerged as one of the most fashionable streets in New York City. Lovingly restored in 2006, Lafayette House offers marble fire places, deep soak bathtubs and lush outdoor spaces.
38 E 4th St #1, New York, NY 10003
Boasting humility as their core value, this is a vegan take on an american classic – the burger… And side-note – the dudes behind the scenes are about as badass as they come.
430 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009
Undoubtedly the best sushi in the neighborhood. Maybe even in the east village too. It’s been there for as long as I can remember and there is always a line for a table.
85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
Great place for a beer, a bloody, a late night french fry, or my favorite – omelette and a greek salad…. and some good rock and roll tunes / maybe some emo – depending on who’s bartending.
110 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
Sunny and Annie’s Deli
Best quick (or late night or early morning) sandwich and best kept secret in the village. Cheap and medium cheerful with fresh ingredients and zero fucks to give… english is not required.
94 Ave B, New York, NY 10003
The best selection of vintage books, magazines and rare finds. Running a close second is East Village Books on St Mark’s – like a giant time capsule.
66 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
A-1 Record Shop
Buy, sell, trade. They have a good selection of vinyl here. Go next door for a shitty beer at and a pool game at Cherry Tavern.
439 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009
It is old school haunt. Depending on the night you get some ridiculous live music and people cutting a rug like it’s 1999. Sidenote: there are some real deal characters here…. just people enjoying it with nothing to prove and nothing to loose.
62 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009
The latest and greatest leather jacket wearing, cleavage and fishnet boasting, ironic and iconic models and musician haunt brought to you by the owners of Cabin – the OG music basement bar…. They have live tunes here and very good looking and naughty boys and girls who all seem to have loads of tatoos. The music rules… Drinks seem pricey but then again, what isn’t these days.
25 Avenue A, East Village
This is the place to hear experimental music . Started by Bill Laswell, this non-for-profit artist space has some folding chairs and hosts legendary musicians… especially if you like brass, drums, and bass. This summer I saw Bill Laswell do some weird experimental jazz music with Graham Haynes just after jazz legend Ornette Coleman died. I am glad to know these types of establishments are still thriving in the east village.
Corner of Avenue C and 2nd street, New York, NY 10009