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NYC’s East Village neighborhood has some of the most vibrant spots in the entire city. There’s never a dull moment in the area, you just need to know where to look!
Here’s our ultimate guide on the East Village, so you can experience all the best that the neighborhood has to offer.
This East Village staple offers a 3-for-1 drinks special on weekends that pairs perfectly with their mouthwatering brunch menu, including choices like griddle cakes, omelettes and more. Note: Lil’ Frankie’s is cash only.
Where: 19 1st Ave., New York
Pardon My French
If you’re looking for a cute back patio and bottomless mimosas, Pardon My French is your new go-to! We recommend the Croque Monsieur—absolutely delicious.
Where: 103 Avenue B, New York
Lamia’s Fish Market
You’ve heard about it and you’ve surely seen the pictures! We’re here to tell you that the hype is worth it. Plus, they have a great bottomless deal for $35 including one entree and your choice between mermaid sangria, bellinis, flavored mimosas, white sangria or all (so long as you’re in the hour and a half time limit!).
Where: 47 Avenue B, New York
Tompkins Square Bagels
We had to put this on the list, obviously.
Where: 165 Avenue A, New York
This under-the-radar spot cooks up a mean sausage egg and cheese and the flakiest chocolate croissants.
Where: 178 E 7th St, New York
If TikTok didn’t beat us to it, this fairly new Vietnamese café is the perfect WFH spot. However, with the coziest little window seat, you’ll rather people watch than get anything done. The drink menu offers classic coffee staples and Vietnamese-inspired creations. Our favorite is definitely the Pandan Latte.
Where: 259 E 10th Street, New York
Their cardamom buns will transport you straight to Copenhagen.
Where: 152 2nd Ave, New York
Of course, there’s East Village classics that you can’t forget about like Cafe Mogador and Veselka, but we’re going to spotlight a few underdogs that deserve more attention!
Mokyo (sister restaurant to other East Village standout, Thursday Kitchen) is perfect for a group of friends. Order a variety of Korean-inspired tapas for the table and sip on one of their glowing cocktails!
Where: 109 St Marks Pl, New York
For all you vegans, this bright and colorful spot situated on 7th Street highlights seasonal ingredients by reimagining plant-based dining as an art.
Where: 111 E 7th St, New York
Punjabi Grocery Deli
Talk about hole in the walls, Punjabi Gorcery & Deli is the neighborhood’s best kept secret! Find some of the best Indian food in the entire city in this unsuspecting shop.
Where: 114 E 1st St, New York
We know takeout is appealing, but you’ll want to dine-in for delicious Thai food at Soothr. From their jaw-dropping bar to steaming entrées, you won’t be disappointed.
Where: 204 E 13th St, New York
A great spot when you’re craving delicious pasta, but don’t want to break the bank.
Where: 117 2nd Ave, New York
Order $10 classic cocktails Monday – Friday from 3pm – 8pm. And keep watch on the temperature, because Gray Mare will extend their happy hour prices for the entire day when it’s above 90° outside.
Where: 61 2nd Ave, New York
$5 sangria, that’s all we need to say.
Where: 186 Avenue B, New York
Bibi Wine Bar
This quaint little spot tucked away on 6th Street is the perfect place for a first date, friend catch-up, or solo setting. Browse the extensive wine list and look forward to generous pours during their happy hour that runs everyday until 8 p.m.
Where: 211 E 4th St, New York
Expertly crafted cocktails. Beautiful atmosphere. Overall great vibes.
Where: 105 1st Ave., New York
Death & Company
Globally recognized, Death & Co has numerous bars nationwide, but the spot’s flagship location can be found in the East Village.
Where: 433 E 6th St, New York
Pro Tip: Secure the best spot in the house in one of the book case coves. Your date will swoon!
Where: 116 E 4th St, New York
If you’re looking for a proper dive bar, Ace is definitely one to add to the list. Sip on cheap drinks while you play your hand at darts, skeeball and pool.
Where: 531 E 5th St, New York
Lover’s of Today
If you’ve spent any time in the East Village, you’ve surely walked past this hidden spot without even noticing. Locate the glowing red heart on 7th Street between Avenue A & B and head down the secret staircase where an intimate, dimly lit lounge awaits!
Where: 1/2, 132 1/2 E 7th St
Come for the disco ball and stay for the retro tunes. We recommend you finish the night out with one of their specialty hot dogs.
Where: 116 Loisaida Ave, New York
This bi-level spot recently opened its doors and swept the whole damn neighborhood into a frenzy. Enjoy casual cocktails upstairs and dance them off downstairs under neon lights.
Where: 9 Avenue A, New York
Though you might have to wait in line, once you get downstairs you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the ample amount of room to shake, shimmy, and drop it. Plus, the always solid DJ set doesn’t hurt.
Where: 25 Avenue B, New York
Who needs to workout when you can dance up a sweat? Dream Baby’s known to be shoulder to shoulder on the weekends, so prepare to make new friends when you’re on the dance floor. And if you get too hot, you can simply cool off with one of their refreshing frozen margaritas.
Where: 162-164 Avenue B, New York
Late Night Bites
When the post night out hunger hits, you can always count on Brooklyn Dumpling Shop. Open 24 hours, the automat-style joint allows you to order all the dumplings you desire online or at the kiosk without having to say a word.
Where: 131 1st Ave., New York
99 Cent Fresh Pizza
Best. dollar. slice. in. the. East. Village.
Where: 71 2nd Ave, New York
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
If you’re tired of hitting the same spots and bars, try something new like checking out the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Head over on Wednesdays for their slam poetry and cheer on those brave enough to bare their heart and soul to strangers. Learn more on their website here.
Where: 236 E 3rd St, New York
First established in 1971, Albert’s Garden has been gracing the community with a peaceful place to rest for nearly 50 years. And now you can enjoy the green oasis too!
Where: 16 E 2nd St, New York
A glass of wine alongside a good read? Count us in! Book Club Bar is also a great spot to WFH if you’re itching to get out of your apartment/office.
Where: 197 East 3rd Street, New York
Anthology Film Archives
Peruse the the world’s largest collection of books, periodicals, stills, and paper materials related to avant-garde cinema at the Anthology Film Archives. It’s every cinephiles dreamland! Learn more here.
Where: 32 Second Avenue, New York
Tompkins Square Farmer’s Market
Every Sunday, Tompkins Square hosts their weekly greenmarket. Shop tons of local vendors and meet some of your neighbors while you’re at it.
Where: Perimeter of Tompkins Square Park