West Village in New York
West Village is a neighbourhood in Manhattan, New York. It’s a residential area, but one full of nice shops and restaurants – and lots of celebrities as well! To give you an idea: the neighbourhood is south of Chelsea, north of Hudson Square and South Village, east of the Hudson River and west of Greenwich Village.
West Village and Little Bohemia
West Village was founded in 1916 and was quickly nicknamed “Little Bohemia”, due to the bohemian lifestyle of its residents. You’ll see artists’ houses, adding to the neighbourhood’s charm. Another unique neighbourhood specialty is the fact that its streets don’t follow New York’s grid system. This is not only confusing for you as a tourist – even for New Yorkers it can be quite a challenge. You really do need a map here. Or not, because West Village is actually the perfect area to wander around aimlessly. You will come across great places doing so! Visit for example the beautiful Jefferson Market Courthouse or that famous cupcake bakery: Magnolia Bakery. High Line Park connects West Village to Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen and Hudson Yards. In northern West Village you’ll find the popular Meatpacking District.
A Dynamic and European Neighbourhood
Broad, quiet, tree-lined streets – like Commerce Street – go hand in hand with cute cobblestone streets. This specific streetscape gives West Village its ‘European’ appearance. Looking beyond this cutesy impression, you’ll find a huge dynamic district though, trendsetting and stylish. It’s busy, without the rushed feeling. People enjoy their drinks in fancy restaurants and there’s a typical, village-like atmosphere. In addition to the celebrities who live here, loads of bachelors populate West Village as well. People living in the area are young and highly educated creatives, and you won’t find many children or elderly.
Restaurants in West Village
If you’re in the ‘wild’ west, it’s great to eat accordingly. Cowgirl is a restaurant at 519 Hudson Street. The food isn’t anything spectacular, just some good Tex Mex/South American food. The kitschy appearance adds to the experience and the ‘baked potato’ dessert is worth a try! The Spotted Pig is a nice place as well! Their kitchen is open until two o’clock. This place has a typical ‘West Village’ feeling to it, trendy but nothing pretentious. On their website they give the following clue for dress code: ‘absolutely none’. The Spotted Pig is proud to be located in West Village and it shows. The staff will give you a map to leisurely explore the area, if you have to wait for a table. They’ll call you whenever your table is ready. Oh, by the way, the food is English/Italian and is delicious! If you’d like to sample local bites of several family businesses in the neighbourhood, you can do the West Village Food Tour.