W E S T V I L L A G E is full of fun shops, bookstores, bars, restaurants, cozy cafes and unusual interior decorating stores and über cool hotel; The Standard, Gansevoort, The Jane and Soho House. Here are a colorful street system that lacks logic compared to the rest of Manhattan, with its straight streets. Beautiful facades and narrow shady streets make the West Village into a very cozy area to wander around in.
To the south lies Meatpacking, also known as Gansevoort Market, where it not too long ago was over 250 butchers and butcher shops. Nowadays, some of the world’s most famous designers have their showrooms in fancy renovated slaughterhouse premises. There are also many trendy bars, nightclubs and luxury restaurants.
The West Village begins at 6th and extends to Washington Street. Meatpacking begins at 9th Avenue and 14th Street while the West Village is more to the east at 14th Street and extends down toward 7th Avenue and Bleeker Street. Bleecker Street is the main road through the West Village so you can make detours from it.
Here are a small selection of places that we recommend:
Do not miss their legendary party brunch which they have on Sundays. Until at. 15:00 it’s just an ordinary quiet brunch, then they pulled down the black curtains, the dj starts pumping up the volume, champagne flows and soon everybody is dancing on the tables until 18.00 when they close their brunch.
409 West 13th Street
Boom Boom Room -a popular and very cool rooftop bar at the top of The Standard Hotel. From here you have a magical view of the Hudson River through windows that goes from floor to ceiling and wall to wall.
13 St vid Washington Street
Shoes to die for….. Sexy, high heels with the signature red sole.
59 Horatio Street
Cafe Gitane @ the Jane Hotel
Large and airy place with Moroccan inspired menu and with a charming and relaxing atmosphere. We like their stuffed crocodile on the wall.
Jane Hotel has tiny rooms that resemble ship cabins and is one of the better budget hotels on Manhattan.
113 Jane Street
The shop for all aviation enthusiasts and travel gurus. You will find lots of fun travel accessories, guide books, briefcases and useful stuff for your travels.
96 Greenwhich Avenue
Fun decor with foxes on the walls and bookcases filled with books. Feels more like you are in England at a hunting dinner than in the middle of New York.
21 West 9th Street
Maison Martin Margiela
Dreamy and dangerously beautiful home furnishing, clothing and accessories.
803 Greenwich Street
Lifestyle products, travel gadgets and of course issues of the magazine Monocle’s in their little shop on Hudson Street.
535 Hudson Street
A true New Yorker with a nice ambiance and for sure some celebrity spotting.
9 9th Avenue
Exciting Asian and Thai food served in a fantastic oriental harem like setting. Try the tasting menu.
403 West 13th Street
One of New York’s best steak house – big, dripping roasts and with an interior that is done in bordello shades of red and gold, with old burlesque photos on the wall
14 East 12th Street
The High Line
Do not miss the raised train tracks that has become a wonderful promenade path.
Milk, meat, and other goods were shipped in wartime to and from the Meatpacking District on the rail track. 1980 did the last train go, and now it is a promenade paradise that begins at the Standard hotel, Gansevoort Street and goes up to 30th Street.
The Spotted Pig
New Yorks first gastro and pub with a laid-back casual atmosphere. The fish mains are great, but that artery-clogging burger is so delicious and it comes served with chrunchy shoestring potatoes. The Spotted Pig looks more like an English pub and you will recognize it by the happy pig that hangs outside.
314 West 11th Street
South Manhattan’s funniest eatery – on Monday and Tuesdays is bingo that rules and on Wednesday night, the Hula – hula hoop tournament. Sunday is the question time and slumber party. Dangerous good margaritas and lots of good tacos, burritos, enchiladas to choose from.
766 Washington Street
The Standard Grill
Located at the very cool The Standard Hotel and here you get good food that is really affordable with a great atmosphere. The Deal -Closer it´s a must for dessert – a bowl of bittersweet chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream.
848 Washington Street