East Village Travel Guide
Since the tiny shop’s designs started showing up in photos of starlets and rockers a decade ago, the neighborhood’s secret is out but still worth a visit. Here you’ll find great dresses that are feminine without being girly, and well-structured without being stiff.
This attractive (and nice-smelling) shop sells space-saving, stylish, and smart housewares. You don’t have to live in a closet-sized apartment to enjoy its great products. Open daily, around noon–around 7 pm.
Ninth Street Espresso keeps it simple: they serve specialty coffee. Opened in 2001, this flagship location in Alphabet City is marked only by a black awning with a white coffee cup, and the wrought-iron fence is often adorned with bikes.
Part supermarket and part community center for the ever-increasing Japanese population in the famously diverse East Village, Sunrise Market is a veritable one-stop shop hidden away on the second floor of a Third Avenue locale.
These appealingly sleek wine bars are like bits of modern Milan beamed wholesale into two distinctive Manhattan hoods.
Named for the goddess of the agave plant, Mayahuel in the East Village offers a mix of traditional and modern Mexican cuisine and fine mescals and tequilas from Mexico as well as cocktails.
The barber shop has a cocktail lounge, a kitchen, and even a bouncer. Pair a hot-and-cold-towel shave with a thin-crust pizza and a BlackJack (Jack Daniels, Grand Marnier, and blackberries).
Window displays packed full of furry stuffed animals, wooden play sets, and handmade clothes draw those young and young at heart into this East Village shop. In 1983, five ladies joined together to open Dinosaur Hill, providing alternatives to the increasing number of electronic toys.
Located in the East Village at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street and near a Mobil gas station, The Stone is all about music, pure and simple.