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Washington Square / NYU / NoHo / SoHo
Simply put, this is still the center of the universe. It all radiates from the corner of Broadway and Houston, which serves as the intersection for four of New York City's most exciting neighborhoods: Greenwich Village, Soho, NoHo, and NoLiTa. While the area is far from bucolic--green space is limited to a few patches of grass in Washington Square Park--it has everything one could possibly want in terms of culture. Architecture, art galleries, movie theaters, live music, shopping, restaurants, old New York, new New York, and every other kind of New York are all here for the taking. If you're new to the city and ready to dive in and explore, start here.

One of this area's highlights is the sheer number of buildings from every period of New York City's development. Just walk the streets and you'll traverse over two hundred years of architectural history. Start with the somewhat-hidden former stables at Washington Mews for a taste of 18th-century New York. Other ancient (for New York) buildings include St. Marks Church in-the-Bowery (1799), Colonnade Row (1830s), the Old Merchant's House (1832), Grace Church (1846) and the Cooper Union Building (1859). The stunning white terra cotta exterior of Louis Sullivan's Bayard-Condict Building (1899), and Ernest Flagg's Great Jones Fire House (1899) and Little Singer Building (1904) hearken back to New York at the turn of the 20th century. In the early 20th century Daniel Burnham (Wanamaker's, 1904/1907) and Henry J Hardenbergh (376 Lafayette St, 1888, and the Con Edison Building, 1914) added their contributions to the area. Our ultimate favorite is the little-known DeVinne Press Building (1885) by Babb, Cook & Willard (and not just because we buy our wine there). Starting in the 21st century, modern (or should we say postmodern?) architecture has run rampant along the Bowery, transforming the once derelict district. Notable examples include Thom Mayne's Cooper Union New Academic Building (2009), Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa's brilliant New Museum of Contemporary Art (2007), and Herzog & de Mauron's bizarre 40 Bond (2007).

Unlike these buildings, some historical places of interest seem hidden in plain sight. Our favorite of these is the lovely New York City Marble Cemetery, tucked away on Second Street between The Bowery and Second Avenue. NYU's Brown Building was the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, while 18 West 11th Street was the site of the Weathermen explosion. A plaque at the Mark Twain House on West 4th Street commemorates his time as a Greenwich Villager. And, while you can't rock out at CBGB anymore, you can still visit the site (now a John Varvatos store), right around the corner from where Joey Ramone lived on East 2nd Street, also known as Joey Ramone Place.

Just as there's no shortage of history, the cultural options here can make your head spin. A few of our favorites include the Salmagundi Club for art, the Astor Center for food and cooking events, and Anthology Film Archives for experimental film. The Bowery Ballroom is one of the best venues in NYC to catch up-and-coming musical acts. Browsing The Strand's 18 miles of books is a must, as is checking out the critics' picks at Other Music, which has outlasted practically every other record store in this 'hood.

For all the history and culture here, signs of the area's down-and-out heyday in the 1970s and 1980s are few and far between. Milano's still serves up divey goodness, as it's been doing since the 1800s. Skate punks still hang out at The Alamo (give it a spin), even while fancy glass towers rise around it. You can still get your punk rock and goth gear at Trash & Vaudeville, and browse the magazine racks at Gem Spa. Much of the rest of St. Mark's Place between Second and Third Avenues now resembles a cross between a strip mall and Little Tokyo, which stretches along 9th Street as well. If you're ready for a break from all this excitement, grab some ramen, then get a cocktail at Angel's Share (one flight up and behind a Japanese restaurant) or explore the sake list at Decibel while feeling like you've left the Village far behind.

Nightlife
For better or worse, this area is why New York is called the city that never sleeps. For dives, we like Scratcher, Milano's, and Blue & Gold. For cocktails, check out Mayahuel or Angel's Share. Catch a reading at KGB, an indie film at Angelika Film Center or Sunshine Cinema, or live music at Joe's Pub or Le Poisson Rouge or Bowery Ballroom. We guarantee you won't be bored.

Restaurants
It's probably unfair for one neighborhood to claim all the glory, but this one's tops for restaurants too, from wallet-busting upscale (Babbo and Strip House), to awesome street carts (NY Dosas in Washington Square Park). We like Frank for Italian, Zabb Elee for Thai, Num Pang for sandwiches, and Ssam Bar for everything. Stayed out late? Veselka and Blue Ribbon have your back.

Shopping
Outside Soho's glorified mall, the city's most eclectic shopping waits. Sample lotions at Kiehl's, and browse for housewares at John Derian, designer shoes at Coclico, trendy threads at Odin, books at The Strand, music at Other Music, old prints at Pageant Print Shop, and cool gifts at MoMA Design Store. The selections at Astor Wines & Spirits and New Beer Distributors remind us why we live here.



         
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Posted By:  Sarah Enelow
Photo:  Sarah Enelow

Bowery Poetry Club
Choosing a literary reading can be tough in this city, and not just because you have to plan that über-intellectual all-black outfit. There are so many writers and styles that may or may not suit your tastes, and who can keep up with all the indie publications anyway? Thankfully, the annual Lit Crawl (born in San Francisco) served up three hours of readings all over the East Village and Lower East Side last weekend. Fiction, memoir, poetry, improv, word games, and performance were all on the menu. You could sample a cadre of talented authors without committing to more than 45 minutes at a time. This year I heard short stories about stains at the Launderette (an actual Laundromat that was open for business), comical poetry at the Bowery Poetry Club, and a dramatized scene from a new novel at Dixon Place. It was all completely free -- one Saturday night extremely well spent. Watch out for Lit Crawls in these NFT cities next month: San Francisco October 7–15 and Austin on October 22.



Thursday, May 12, 2011

Posted By:  Alisha Miranda
Photo:  Alisha Miranda

La Vie Lounge
You've probably passed this place dozens of times stumbling back to the 2nd Avenue F stop on those crazy nights in the L.E.S. But next time you're sober and want to soak up some of that alcohol with cheese, bread, and a hookah, go to La Vie Lounge. It's decked out like a Middle Eastern lounge complete with dimly lit candles, darkly painted walls, plush decor, and comfy couches on each side. Go for the Goat Cheese Brulée served with toasted pita and hummus, which is super creamy and the perfect late night snack. Ask your waitress in Cat Woman-esque black attire to fetch you a hookah for you and your friends. Have room for one more drink? Ask the waiter for a "Skinny Girl Margarita" (don't be shy, fellas!). Sit back and enjoy the Arabic music setting the mood overhead. You're in for the night.



Friday, March 18, 2011

Posted By:  Layne Mosler
Photo:  Layne Mosler

Soba-ya
Anyone can make udon, but working buckwheat flour into Soba noodles is a difficult art to master. At Sobaya, a noodle expert works his dough in the back of the dining room while guests patiently wait for the chance to dig in. While it's a pleasure to watch him show off his skills, it's even more fun to taste the results of his efforts--in soup, in stir-fry, and in salads. To appreciate soba in their full, firm-tender glory, try them cold (in a salad or as part of Sobaya's pre-7pm Happy Hour special: for $18, you get a tray of sushi, tempura, and a big bowl of cold soba noodles for dipping).



Thursday, March 10, 2011

Posted By:  Sonia Weiser
Photo:  Sonia Weiser

16 Handles
While you may end up with two love handles if you keep going back for more (or take advantage of their larger sized cups), 16 handles is the best fro-yo location around. A frequent study-break spot for NYU kids, the joint offers sixteen flavors of frozen yogurt (it's healthier than ice cream!...just keep telling yourself that...and some are sugar free and/or kosher) and toppings ranging from the fruity (strawberries) to the slightly bad for you (butterfingers) to the WTF (lychee?) and tons of others in between. They charge by the weight, so you can keep adding goodies to your heart's content. And guys heads up: if you want to buy your girlfriend dessert and she won't eat something of the real dessert genre (it's always bathing suit season somewhere) this is the place to go; and no one will judge you if you indulge as well ("it [won't] devastate [your] reputation as a dude.") That’s from Sixteen Candles...now do you understand the name? There are only a few seats inside and the line can be long, but it moves quickly and gives you time to mentally plan. Plus, it's totally worth it.



Thursday, February 24, 2011

Posted By:  Sonia Weiser
Photo:  Sonia Weiser

The Grey Dog's Coffee
Walking into Grey Dog's Coffee is like walking into New Hampshire. The normal NYU hipster look fuses into lumberjack chic and the lively atmosphere is reminiscent of the type of cafe you'd hit up after a long day in the snow. Try to get there around 9:30 pm; the big dinner rush is gone so you can whip out your Scrabble board and set up shop until closing time. If you're having trouble deciding what to get, definitely order pie. Not only are they all delicious, but the portion is about the size of a a normal teenage girl's head (that's a large piece of pie if that imagery didn't help.) Although they deliver, the atmosphere is half the fun. And make sure to check out the paintings on the tables and the cartoons on the walls before taking off.



Friday, January 14, 2011

Posted By:  Craig Nelson
Photo:  Courtesy of Edible Manhattan

Le Poisson Rouge
We all know winter in New York can be grim. There's a reason wealthy New Yorkers spend all of January and February on their private Caribbean islands. One way to warm yourself up is to get out of the house and treat yourself to some good food and drink. Luckily, one of our favorite food publications, Edible Manhattan, is hosting a fantastic seasonal cocktail pairing event on January 25th at Le Poisson Rouge. Entitled "Good Spirits", Edible matches mixology-minded chefs and food artisans with spectacular, storied spirits (plus some beer, wine and coffee for good measure), asking them to strive for liquid symbiosis. Top-notch spirit companies like Tuthilltown, Prairie Vodka, Karma Tequila, Compass Box Whiskey will be serving up drinks galore. Plus, there will be tasty food selections from the likes of Fette Sau, Northern Spy, and Huckleberry Bar just to name a few. So conquer the winter blues, and get your tickets today before this excellent food and drink adventure sells out.




Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Posted By:  Georgia Lawson
Photo:  Georgia Lawson

Double Crown
On the Bowery, a lively part of town, a spirited crowd roams the night away. Case in point: Double Crown. The amazing wooden bar that sweeps the whole way around is the perfect place for people watching. The bar staff are welcoming and are exceptionally talented with the cocktail shaker. They even rustled up some tasty non-alcoholic cocktails for the ones taking the night off. Double Crown is better known for its culinary talents; it won two stars from the New York Times for its ability to fuse Britannia and Eastern cuisine. Food aside, it should not be over looked as a great place to get the drinks in before hitting the rest of the Bowery.



Monday, December 13, 2010

Posted By:  Layne Mosler
Photo:  Layne Mosler

Bespoke Chocolates
There's a reason salted caramel has created a taste craze: it's one of the best ways to wake up the sweet and salty zones on your palate. Or, to put it pornographically, it's a combination so good it will make you moan. The chocolatiers at Bespoke (tucked away on Extra Place below some fancy new lofts off of East 1st Street) understand the power of salted caramel, and they've created a truffle that encases it in dark chocolate and pretzels. They've got other truffles, too (infused with delicacies like single origin Colombian cocoa and black tea), but the salted caramel pretty much steals the show.



Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Posted By:  Georgia Lawson
Photo:  Georgia Lawson

Pulino's
What's shaped like a dandelion leaf and tastes like pepper? ARUGULA! This caused much amusement at Pulino's for the Europeans among us, because we know it as "rocket." Once the confusion had been sorted and the pizzas ordered, we settle in to what turned out to be one of my favorite meals in New York. The pizza had a light and crispy base and was full of flavor. This comes as no surprise when considering that chef Nate Appleman is one of the few American pizzaiolos to have certified training in the production of authentic Neapolitan pizza. The restaurant has a rustic style with a modern twist, aged bottles with bare brick walls, and wooden tables. The atmosphere is warm and lively, and the icing on the cake is the dreamy concierge, who upgraded us to a better table and gave us the wonderful explanation of arugula. If he isn't enough to entice you, then the pizza surely should be.



Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Posted By:  Georgia Lawson
Photo:  Georgia Lawson

Torrisi
You only have to make two decisions: What you will be drinking and whether you will have the meat or fish for a main. This does not mean you do not get to try a variety of Italian specialties; in fact, it's the complete opposite. The courses just keep on coming. You have 4 exquisite starter dishes that you share, followed by a small pasta dish. Then you have the mains, a palate cleanser, and a selection of pastries. And one last decision, coffee? It is hard to get a table as this hot spot is small, and they do not take reservation and won't seat you until the whole party has arrived. But it's well worth the extreme effort you need to undertake. The music was a little loud but the food was so excellent who needs conversation? Just smile, eat, and nod.



Monday, November 01, 2010

Posted By:  Euphenia Cheng
Photo:  Euphenia Cheng

Robotaya
Unless you have a big group, the best spot in the dining room is at the counter. Sit down here and you'll get the full Robotaya experience. They specialize in the traditional robatayaki style of cooking-- a Japanese grilling technique that cooks food over charcoal right before your eyes. The meat, seafood and the veggies are so fresh and so perfectly grilled, they barely need seasoning. And when you throw in a great selection of sake and a few tasty soups, you have one of the most interesting Japanese dining outings in New York.



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Posted By:  Craig Nelson
Photo:  Craig Nelson

Totale
Every once in awhile you hear about a deal so good, you figure it can't be true. Case in point: I was surfing The Interwebs a few weeks ago (not during work hours of course), when I stumbled upon an entry on the world famous pizza blog Slice about a five dollar Margherita pizza on St Mark's Place. The next time I was down in the East Village--ok, about 4 hours after I read that post--I headed straight to Totale to investigate. And yes, that is not a misprint. A measly five bucks gets you a gorgeous Neapolitan pizza. The crust is charred, the mozzarella is luscious, and the sauce is tangy and first rate. And just like in Napoli, the space is spare and simple. No reclaimed Redwood table here--just a few marble tops, a bottle of olive oil, and good pizza. Oh, and if that's not enough, the place is BYOB. So grab a beer from your fridge and make a dash for St. Mark's Place. If there's a better dining deal in the city right now, let us know!



Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Posted By:  J. Slab
Photo:  J. Slab

82 Mercer
The Japanese translation for "wino"--Arukoru izon-sha--is less word than phrase, roughly "one dependent on alcohol." Which sounds eerily similar to the brochures given college freshman, equal parts AA scare tactic and spot-on description. Fortunately, it makes no mention of "sake," which means you are free to attend New York's 10th annual Joy of Sake extravaganza guilt-free on September 23rd. The largest of its sort outside of Japan, this year features 329 sakes (of which 194 are normally unavailable in the US). To make matters better, 13 restaurants will be supplying signature appetizers, everything from tofu and sea urchin, tuna truffle sandwiches and crab-stuffed crepes to smoked duck sushi and tender roasted octopus (the latter courtesy of Brooklyn standout Hibino). To sum up: Super Happy Love Rice Wine Gives Extravagant Fun To All Who Attend. Konichiwa, bitches! Check out www.joyofsake.com for more info.



Friday, August 06, 2010

Posted By:  Ilona Virostek
Photo:  Ilona Virostek

Dress Shoppe
"Welcome to my mess," offers Dress Shoppe owner Purushottam Goyal when customers walk through the door. And what a mess it is: The interior is a full-on visual explosion, a mashup of the expected and the inexplicable, a perfect blending of the respective essences of India and the East Village. Here you will find Hindu and Buddhist religious statuettes sharing shelf space with secondhand Barbie and baby dolls and a life-size porcelain cat. Garlands of flowers and mirrors and other ornaments of devotion hang from the walls. Framed prints of deities and queens overflow onto the floor and lean against tables displaying colorful rings and bangles. A bucket of antique padlocks lurks mysteriously next to a vintage radio and a pair of ash-laden cowboy hat-shaped incense holders from Wall Drug in South Dakota. East meets West! As inferred by the name, Dress Shoppe also sells a large selection of women's and men's clothing from India. Everything's for sale and it's always on sale for less than the marked price, true to Dress Shoppe's bazaar/flea-market nature. Be sure to grab some of Mr. Goyal's famous incense, a truly intoxicating nag champa that draws orders from as far as Europe.



Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Posted By:  Sarah Enelow
Photo:  Sarah Enelow

Whole Foods
These days, stores and cafes around the city are offering mate (mah-tay), the bitter Argentine "tea" steeped in hot (not boiling) water, traditionally drunk from a gourd through a metal straw. For some Argentines, mate is literally a substitute for water, even during the peak of summer, regardless of the fact that they're drinking hot liquid through a burning metal tube. But oddly enough, mate in New York is rarely prepared hot with the aforementioned gourd and straw, but rather drunk cold from a bottle like a Gatorade substitute, and in my personal opinion, cold mate tastes disgusting. Ordering a mate teabag in a cafe, as I've often seen here, is also markedly un-Argentine, as most natives have their personal gourd and thermos of hot water surgically attached to their hands. Can any NFT followers explain the cold mate trend?



Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Posted By:  Layne Mosler
Photo:  Layne Mosler

El Idolo
This West Village/Meatpacking district taco truck primarily caters to drunk New Yorkers, but their cemita (a pressed sandwich with chipotle, Mexican farmer's cheese, avocado and your choice of meat) is $6 of delicious even if you're sober. Goat tacos are good, too, and tamales are supposedly great (they're always out when I go). Skip the taco arabe--chipotle-marinated pork in a dry flour tortilla. The truck is open 7 days from 12 pm-5 am, so you can feast until the wee hours.



Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Posted By:  Rob Tallia
Photo:  Rob Tallia

Pylones
I know that the official NFT blurb for Pylones ("colorful gifty things for your 15-year-old suburban niece") may actually give the impression that this is a place you need to avoid like the plague. But it's really hard not to like Pylones. Many of those colorful gifty things are actually quite cool, like their thermoses (or is it thermi?), trivets, office tchotches, clocks, etc. Someone move into a new apartment and you want to give them a colorful gifty thing? Pylones. Have a female co-worker in your office Secret Santa and you want to give them a colorful gifty thing? Pylones. Want to supplement a nice gift for your girlfriend with a colorful gifty thing? Pylones. And, if you have a 15-year-old suburban niece...Pylones. And with 4 convenient Manhattan locations, you can't go wrong.



Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Posted By:  Elina Salnikova
Photo:  Elina Salnikova

Cafe Khufu
Here's a quick summary of Cafe Khufu: hookahs, organic tea, pleasing to the eyes design, friendly staff that will make you feel like you've known them all your life, great relaxing music, and a really chill vibe that's extremely hard to find in New York City. The thick aromatic smoke created by the hookahs will transport you from the East Village to a mysterious Eastern land. The big variety of organic teas are served in small metal carafes and tiny glass cups and will give you the energy you need to power through the work week--this shot of relaxation is exactly what you need after a long day of work in the big city.



Monday, August 24, 2009

Posted By:  Matilda Boland
Photo:  Matilda Boland

L'asso
Designing their own artistic corner bordering Chinatown and Little Italy this helps to keep the Lombardi tourists out and the pizza loving locals in. L'asso translating to 'the ace' in Italian, plays a winner with their seasonally changing, modern Italian dishes.  Adhering strictly to D.O.C. guidelines that even Nonna would be proud of. This particular night young NY-based artist Jason Yarmosky (jasonyarmosky.com) is beginning his exhibition 'Boxed in' which will serve as eye candy to L'asso diners over the coming weeks. L'asso clearly is a hub for young talent, hipster locals and discerning foodies or those that love to sip wine and share a 29" Roman style slab.



Thursday, August 20, 2009

Posted By:  Molly Riordan
Photo:  Molly Riordan

Puck Fair
Well in view of the tubby golden goat-boy statue over the main entrance of the Puck Building is the bar, Puck Fair. This Emerald Isle knock-off is as decent an "Irish Pub" as can be expected, so long as you fully understand that there's no such thing as pub, let alone an Irish one, in these United States. That said, Puck Fair has some of the essential elements of pub-iness. The many beers on tap are served in imperial pints, which means you'll get drunk 20% faster. There is pubish fare that straddles the Atlantic, and the heartier Irish grub like bangers n' mash far outperforms its wussy New York Yuppie prosciutto-wrap counterpart. The kitchen comically delineates authentic food by beginning menu items with the word "Irish." In the multi-level drinking hall, loud with New York-accented voices, it's hard to imagine you're hunkered down in a County Kerry hideaway. But enjoy enough of those imperial pints and you'll forget about authenticity and be talking blarney to the bar's goat-mural in no time.




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Other Washington Square / NYU / NoHo / SoHo Restaurants

'wichcraft
Sandwiches. Spooky.
12 Chairs
Rough around the edges. Fantabulous blintzes and pirogis.
ACME
Nordic hotspot for the chic and loaded.
Acme Bar & Grill
Workmanlike Southern. Fun.
Allen & Delancey
Lots of hype, but yeah, it's worth it.
Alma 33
Modern Argentine tapas, complete with Spanish and Italian influences.
Alta
Unique tapas. Good date place.
Angelica Kitchen
Vegan/macrobiotic heaven.
Aroma
Quaint, lovely Italian place with excellent service.
Around the Clock
Open 24 hours. NYU hangout.
Artichoke Basille's Pizza
Stand in line for amazing Sicilian slices.
Arturo's
Classic NYC pizza joint with live jazz. NFT favorite.
Aurora Soho
Hip Williamsburg Italian opens on the big island.
Awash
Ethiopian. It's ok to eat with your hands.
B Bar & Grill
Bordering on cheesy.
B&H Dairy
Eat mushroom barley soup and homemade challah at the counter.
Babbo
Super Mario: Go for the pasta tasting menu.
Balthazar
Simultaneously pretentious and amazing.
Bellavitae
Food is delicious and the wine list is even better.
Ben's Pizza
Top NYC slices; unusual cheese taste.
Bianca
Pretend you're in Bologna.
Billy's Bakery
"Whatever the occasion, Billy's is here to make life a little sweeter!"
Blue 9 Burger
Fresh burgers and shakes made from actual milk.
Blue Hill
Wonderful food in an unexpected location.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
Open 'til 4am. Everything's great.

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Other Washington Square / NYU / NoHo / SoHo Nightlife

8th Street Wine Cellar
Classy and calm. Luckily NYU kids don't drink wine.
Ace of Clubs
Decent space, can be fun with a good band.
Amsterdam Billiards Club
Expensive and more posh than most pool halls.
Angel's Share
Semi-hidden cocktail spot. Bring someone special.
Bar Next Door
For serious jazz enthusiasts with a penchant for wine and crispy pizza.
Bar Veloce
Sip grappa on a first date. Also in Chelsea.
Beauty Bar
Just a little off the top, dahling?
Black & White
Amazing rockin' DJs on weeknights; beware Bridge and Tunnel infiltration on weekends.
Blue & Gold Tavern
Another fine East Village dive.
Blue Note
Classic jazz venue. Pricey.
Booker & Dax
Near perfect cocktails from the Momofuku team.
Botanica Bar
Good bar, but we still miss the Knitting Factory.
Bowery Ballroom
Great space that attracts great bands.
Bowery Poetry Club
Slam poetry.
Bowlmor Lanes
Bright, loud, expensive, and sometimes really fun.
Cafe Khufu
Hookah up at this friendly cafe.
Central Bar
Student-filled yet spicy dance party.
Comedy Cellar
Big names make surprise appearances.
Continental
Now only featuring punk memories.
Corkbuzz
Outstanding wine selection in a classy setting.
Crash Mansion
Like a music club from LA that got lost in NYC.
Fanelli's Cafe
Old-time SoHo haunt. Nice tiles.
Gibraltar Lounge
Libation-serving lounge attached to Jacque's.
Grassroots Tavern
That mass of fur in the corner is a cat.
Holiday Lounge
Where to go to lose your soul.

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Other Washington Square / NYU / NoHo / SoHo Shopping

Alabaster Bookshop
Quintessential overstuffed used book shop.
Apple Store (SoHo)
Don't come looking for produce.
Astor Wines & Spirits
NFT fav. The king of all NYC liquor stores.
Bfold
Folding bikes.
Bicycle Habitat
Full-time mechanics and sales, too.
Black Hound New York
Killer desserts. NFT Favorite.
Blick Art Materials
Huge, super organized, recommended.
Bond Street Chocolate
The hippest chocolate this side of Belgium. Get the skulls.
Daily 235
A little tchotchke store; has great journals.
Dual Specialty Store
Indian grocery store stocked with every spice imaginable.
East Village Cheese
Super cheap cheeses, olives, and meats. No samples!
Forbidden Planet
Let your inner sci-fi/fantasy nerd run wild.
Gem Spa
Magazine stand that serves fantastic egg creams.
Global Table
Quietly elegant tableware.
Happy Bones Publications
Tiny book shop with an under-the-radar espresso shop.
INA
Upscale consignment chain for labels straight out of Vogue.
Joe's Dairy
Homemade mozzarella fresh daily.
John Derian
Whimsical découpage plates and curios for the home.
Kid Robot
Weirdly cute collectible toys.
Kiehl's
Great creams, lotions, and unguents; laughably good service.
Lighting by Gregory
Bowery lighting mecca. Good ceiling fans.
Metro Bicycles
Sales, service, repairs and rentals.
MoMA Design Store
Cutting-edge, minimalist, ergonomic, offbeat, and funky everything.
Moss Gallery
Awesome cool stuff you can't afford! Ever!
New Beer Distributors
Enormous beer selection.

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Other Washington Square / NYU / NoHo / SoHo Landmarks

376 Lafayette St
Henry Hardenbergh's NoHo masterpiece, circa 1888.
40 Bond
Uber-futuristic condo projects by Herzog & de Meuron et al.
Bayard-Condict Building
Louis Sullivan's only New York building.
Brown Building of Science
Site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.
Colonnade Row
Remains of a very different era.
Con Edison Building
Cool top.
Cooper Union
Great brownstone-covered building.
Cooper Union New Academic Building
Supercool, futuristic, and eco-friendly architecture.
DeVinne Press Building
Killer 1885 brick-and-glass masterpiece by Babb, Cook & Willard.
Former location of CBGB & OMFUG
Now houses high-end retail. Ew.
Great Jones Firehouse
The coolest firehouse in NYC.
Joey Ramone Place
It's Joey Ramone's place. Period.
Little Singer Building
A fine building by Ernest Flagg.
Mark Twain House
Mark Twain lived here. It's also NYC's most haunted portal.
Merchant's House Museum
The merchant is now dead.
New Museum
Brilliant white stacked cubes houses contemporary art and killer bookstore. Yah.
New York City Marble Cemetery
Cool, but generally closed. But you can still see in.
New York University
One of the city's largest private employers.
Salmagundi Club
Cool building.
Site of the Weathermen Explosion
Townhouse where the Weathermen's plans to destroy Columbia's library went awry.
St. Mark's Church In The Bowery
Old church with lots of community ties.
The Alamo (The Cube)
Give it a spin sometime.
The New School
Legendary progressive university located in and around Greenwich Village.
Union Square Clock/Metronome
Get lost in time while looking South in Union Square.
University Settlement
Providing a haven for lower east siders of all ages since 1886.

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