Greenwich Village may not be as eclectic as it once was, but it still has some of the best old-time jazz clubs, pubs, bars, restaurants, and delis in the city.
Now home to a lot of middle class families, it could be said that Greenwich Village has lost some of its bohemian spark and flair. However, there are still many bars and hangouts that host the original atmosphere of the Village and can give you a great night out.
South of Houston Street can get a little packed with tourists, but it still has some of the finest shopping in Soho; Little Italy is uncompromisingly festive, with strings of lights; and tiny Nolita complements them both.
Everyone knows that Greenwich Village is popular for its love of jazz and amazing music. The Village Vanguard is no exception and is possibly one of the best places to see some of the best current jazz around. There’s a never ending list of jazz greats who have played here and are still playing here today and there’s always something going on. Another prevalent bar on the jazz scene is Arthur’s Tavern. This is a brilliant place to visit if you really want to get a feel of the history of the place and really experience some proper live jazz.
Ending your evening of jazz in Small’s is the only way and the proper way to finish your night. This place is packed to the nines with jazz and music lovers alike. You’ll find it hard not to get sucked into the incredible atmosphere.
Bars And Eateries
New York is home to some of the most interesting and intriguing bars and restaurants, and Greenwich Village is certainly no different. Arturo’s Coal Oven Pizza is the perfect place to get your body prepared for an evening of jazz. Even this restaurant has a jazz duo playing, so you can enjoy while you eat. Serving a range of Italian inspired food from coal cooked pizza to all types of pasta, Arturo’s is one of the best places to eat in the Village.
Julius’ is a tavern, steeped in history and currently serving as a gay bar. The place has been running since the 1860s and still serves some of the best burgers in Greenwich Village. Whether you’re going for the food or the atmosphere, you’re sure to have a fantastic time.
Volare, another restaurant serving Italian cuisine, is one of the most theatrical and romantic places to visit in the Village. Running from around 1915, the eatery has a plethora of interesting and amazing artefacts to look at and also serves up some pretty amazing food too. Obviously the boozing and eating can run up your holiday bill, so we recommend pre-emptively anticipating this and heading online to compare flights to New York to save yourself some spends.
A visit to Faicco’s Pork Store is a must when in Greenwich Village. Another place immersed in history, Faicco’s has been a family run business for over 100 years, offering their customers a range of pork products and today produces everything from Italian groceries to freshly prepared sandwiches, made to your taste.
Another family run business is Pasticceria Rocco, a bakery that specialises in everything from pastries to cookies. This is something that you cannot pass up on when in the Village; even without a sweet tooth, you’ll be desperate to try some of the wonderful treats and surprise that they have to offer.