Esther's Greenwich Village Guidebook

Esther

Esther's Greenwich Village Guidebook

But First, Coffee ☕️
Your ultimate guide to local coffee shops for work, play or simply, for taste.
Good spot across the street Highlights: —outdoor seating on a nice day —iced coffee —smoothies —breakfast sandwiches —the owner and the staff
Summers SoHo
169 Thompson St
Good spot across the street Highlights: —outdoor seating on a nice day —iced coffee —smoothies —breakfast sandwiches —the owner and the staff
—Fun people watching —Bright open space —Order: Oat milk latte on draft or a Black and Tan —Bring a book and relax. (There’s no WiFi.)
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La Colombe Noho
400 Lafayette Street
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—Fun people watching —Bright open space —Order: Oat milk latte on draft or a Black and Tan —Bring a book and relax. (There’s no WiFi.)
No-frills Greenwich Village coffee shop with the occasional celeb sighting. Be prepared for a tight space. If it’s packed, the park is a block north.
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Third Rail Coffee
240 Sullivan Street
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No-frills Greenwich Village coffee shop with the occasional celeb sighting. Be prepared for a tight space. If it’s packed, the park is a block north.
—WiFi —Delicious snacks —Studious environment with many NYU professors and students buzzing about.
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Think Coffee
248 Mercer Street
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—WiFi —Delicious snacks —Studious environment with many NYU professors and students buzzing about.
—Bright and cute West Village coffee shop —WiFi available (typically)
Merriweather Coffee + Kitchen
428 Hudson St
—Bright and cute West Village coffee shop —WiFi available (typically)
Convenient and spacious
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Irving Farm New York
71 Irving Place
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Convenient and spacious
WiFi is spotty but it’s a good study space when it works!
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Gotan TriBeCa
130 Franklin St
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WiFi is spotty but it’s a good study space when it works!
JOE & THE JUICE
549 Hudson Street
Gluten free options, smoothies, açaí bowls and savory soups. Highly recommend bringing a laptop or a book and doing work here.
Dr Smood
470 Broome Street
Gluten free options, smoothies, açaí bowls and savory soups. Highly recommend bringing a laptop or a book and doing work here.
Large coffee tables downstairs for work. Great environment to focus in.
Ole & Steen
873 Broadway
Large coffee tables downstairs for work. Great environment to focus in.
A Foodie’s Paradise 🍽
There are so many wonderful places to dine in this neighborhood alone. From top takeout options to world class dining establishments (no, really—those Michelin stars are twinkling), the West Village has something for every type of foodie.
—Directly downstairs —Quality sushi that’s relatively inexpensive —Cash Or Amex only —Be ready to wait or come at 5 on the dot
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Tomoe Sushi
172 Thompson Street
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—Directly downstairs —Quality sushi that’s relatively inexpensive —Cash Or Amex only —Be ready to wait or come at 5 on the dot
—No frills transplant from San Francisco. —Healthy but savory and delicious dishes. —I recommend the Classic salmon or fried chicken, mashed potatoes and Caesar salad
Tender Greens
900 Broadway
—No frills transplant from San Francisco. —Healthy but savory and delicious dishes. —I recommend the Classic salmon or fried chicken, mashed potatoes and Caesar salad
—Top Italian in the city steps from the place — $$$$ establishment — Comes with the occasional celeb sighting —White table cloths, impeccable service and privacy if you need it.
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Carbone
181 Thompson St
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—Top Italian in the city steps from the place — $$$$ establishment — Comes with the occasional celeb sighting —White table cloths, impeccable service and privacy if you need it.
—Directly downstairs —Get the cacio e pepe —And the prosciutto —Grab a table semi-outside if you can and watch the world go by
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Lupa
170 Thompson Street
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—Directly downstairs —Get the cacio e pepe —And the prosciutto —Grab a table semi-outside if you can and watch the world go by
—Bottles of wine for $20 —Delicious dishes —Fresh homemade tiramisu —One of my neighborhood favorites
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II Corallo Trattoria
176 Prince Street
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—Bottles of wine for $20 —Delicious dishes —Fresh homemade tiramisu —One of my neighborhood favorites
—Delicious French cuisine —Cozy atmosphere —Shhh it’s a secret spot and a gem 💎
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Cocotte
110 Thompson St
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—Delicious French cuisine —Cozy atmosphere —Shhh it’s a secret spot and a gem 💎
—Udon that warms the soul
Raku
48 Macdougal St
—Udon that warms the soul
—Savory ramen flavors —Lively and bustling NYC feel —Sit at the bar for the real experience
Karakatta
230 Thompson St
—Savory ramen flavors —Lively and bustling NYC feel —Sit at the bar for the real experience
—Good food —Local establishment —Consistent —Get the cocktails
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Jane
100 West Houston Street
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—Good food —Local establishment —Consistent —Get the cocktails
—The burger is all you need
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Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St
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—The burger is all you need
—If you prefer a marg, an outdoor space and a mean quesadilla, this is the spot for you.
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Dos Caminos
475 West Broadway
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—If you prefer a marg, an outdoor space and a mean quesadilla, this is the spot for you.
Cute and cozy French spot
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Buvette
42 Grove Street
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Cute and cozy French spot
Come with an appetite. And anticipate a wait after 6.
Hometown Hotpot & BBQ
194 Grand St
Come with an appetite. And anticipate a wait after 6.
Go next door to Joe’s Ginger for the exact same bites if you want to avoid the wait. Must order the soup dumplings.
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Joe's Shanghai
9 Pell Street
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Go next door to Joe’s Ginger for the exact same bites if you want to avoid the wait. Must order the soup dumplings.
Trendy new spot that’s fun for groups. Very Meatpacking. Bring sunglasses and expect to people watch.
Coco
1 Little W 12th St
Trendy new spot that’s fun for groups. Very Meatpacking. Bring sunglasses and expect to people watch.
Shake Shack
225 Varick St
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Jack's Wife Freda
224 Lafayette Street
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Shuka
38 MacDougal St
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Rosemary's
18 Greenwich Ave
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Dan Barber’s famed restaurant as seen on Chef’s Table
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Blue Hill Restaurant
75 Washington Place
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Dan Barber’s famed restaurant as seen on Chef’s Table
Mimi Cheng's Dumplings
380 Broome St
Order the dan dan noodles and the double cooked fish
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Han Dynasty
90 3rd Avenue
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Order the dan dan noodles and the double cooked fish
Grocery Store 🛒
—Local grocery store 7 mins away by foot
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Trader Joe's
233 Spring St
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—Local grocery store 7 mins away by foot
—three minute walk away
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Morton Williams Supermarkets
130 Bleecker Street
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—three minute walk away
—All convenience needs —Medicine —Water —Snacks
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CVS
158 Bleecker Street
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—All convenience needs —Medicine —Water —Snacks
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Whole Foods Market
95 East Houston Street
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New even to New York! Need Korean and Asian groceries? Want a quick bite? Get to this spot ASAP.
H Mart
35 Third Avenue
New even to New York! Need Korean and Asian groceries? Want a quick bite? Get to this spot ASAP.
Boba or Tea 🍵
Bubble tea has its own culture in NYC.
Trendy spot from SF
Boba Guys
11 Waverly Pl
Trendy spot from SF
—Bring cash (there’s a minimum), but their boba milk tea (Bubble tea and tapioca) is amazing!
Debutea, tea and coffee
217 Thompson Street
—Bring cash (there’s a minimum), but their boba milk tea (Bubble tea and tapioca) is amazing!
Gong Cha Soho
145 Greene Street
Brunch 🥞
The tower of bagels and lox are quite the experience
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Sadelle's
463 W Broadway
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The tower of bagels and lox are quite the experience
—Did somebody say macarons? —Cute brunch spot. Dress up and be ready to pose for some pics.
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Ladurée
398 West Broadway
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—Did somebody say macarons? —Cute brunch spot. Dress up and be ready to pose for some pics.
Trendy and good!
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Joseph Leonard
170 Waverly Place
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Trendy and good!
A West Village spot
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Cafe Cluny
284 W 12th St
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A West Village spot
Cute for avocado toast and an Australian-style latte. Swing by later for an evening aperol spritz.
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Banter
169 Sullivan St
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Cute for avocado toast and an Australian-style latte. Swing by later for an evening aperol spritz.
This is in TriBeCa but, by far, my favorite brunch spot in the city. Of note: it was also JFK Jr.’s go-to breakfast establishment. (Pro tip: get the biscuits!)
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Bubby's
120 Hudson Street
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This is in TriBeCa but, by far, my favorite brunch spot in the city. Of note: it was also JFK Jr.’s go-to breakfast establishment. (Pro tip: get the biscuits!)
Oh so cute and French! Come for the ambiance. Stay for the authentic French breakfast options.
Maman
211 W Broadway
Oh so cute and French! Come for the ambiance. Stay for the authentic French breakfast options.
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The Butcher's Daughter
581 Hudson St
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Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St
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Wine Shop 🍷
If you need a bottle or three
—helpful staff
La Vid Wine and Spirits
315 6th Avenue
—helpful staff
So much inventory; plus, tastings
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Astor Wines & Spirits
399 Lafayette Street
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So much inventory; plus, tastings
An experience to be had, especially if you’re a TJs loyalist.
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Trader Joe's Wine Shop
138 East 14th Street
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An experience to be had, especially if you’re a TJs loyalist.
Sightseeing 🏙
Parks, local sights, museums and exhibits. Historic sights and heavy ones too.
This magical place. Bring a book and a coffee. Watch. Learn something new.
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Washington Square Park
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This magical place. Bring a book and a coffee. Watch. Learn something new.
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9/11 Memorial & Museum
180 Greenwich St
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Go for a run!
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Hudson River Park
61 Chelsea Piers
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Go for a run!
Farmers market open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
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Union Square
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Farmers market open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
The exterior of the Friends apartment. “An apartment of the same above-average size at that same location could actually cost between $7,000 and $8,000 per month... The building the “Friends” apartment is supposed to be located in is a pre-war walk-up (in other words, no elevator), but it would still fetch such a lofty price because of its above-average size. “In the [West Village] we call it ‘massive.’” (CNBC)
Friends Apartment
90 Bedford St
The exterior of the Friends apartment. “An apartment of the same above-average size at that same location could actually cost between $7,000 and $8,000 per month... The building the “Friends” apartment is supposed to be located in is a pre-war walk-up (in other words, no elevator), but it would still fetch such a lofty price because of its above-average size. “In the [West Village] we call it ‘massive.’” (CNBC)
A six-minute walk from the Friends apartment. Beware the owners aren’t very happy with tourists who pose on the stoop, but go and enjoy the block.
Carrie Bradshaw's Apartment
66 Perry St
A six-minute walk from the Friends apartment. Beware the owners aren’t very happy with tourists who pose on the stoop, but go and enjoy the block.
Order oysters and a drink and take in the views of downtown Manhattan
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Grand Banks
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Order oysters and a drink and take in the views of downtown Manhattan
Shhh it’s a secret, but go and pose with your loved ones.
Washington Mews
Shhh it’s a secret, but go and pose with your loved ones.
Color Factory
251 Spring St
One of my favorite spots in all of NYC. Stacks and stacks of books old and new.
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Strand Book Store
828 Broadway
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One of my favorite spots in all of NYC. Stacks and stacks of books old and new.
Just in time for the 25th anniversary. Order tickets.
Friends NYC Pop-Up
76 Mercer Street
Just in time for the 25th anniversary. Order tickets.
As made famous by Taylor Swift’s namesake song. Check out the adorable block where she once lived and fell in love with Joe Alwyn.
Cornelia Street
As made famous by Taylor Swift’s namesake song. Check out the adorable block where she once lived and fell in love with Joe Alwyn.
Hudson Yards