At a Glance
Known and loved for being the birthplace of punk rock, the East Village once was decidedly grungy. Long-time residents fondly remember when the neighborhood was cheap and seedy, but over the past couple of decades increasing numbers of NYU students and newcomers to the city have settled there, bringing with them a more mainstream vibe. Nevertheless you can always count on finding a glorious dive bar or a late-night slice. During the day, however, the neighborhood slows down and has a tranquil feel. Meander down a leafy side street and you'll happen upon plenty of prewar buildings and rusting fire escapes, which lend the East Village its old-fashioned charm.
At any point during the day, things are happening in the East Village. Streets are busy and shops are full around the clock.
Heart of the Neighborhood
Throngs of students and revelers head to St. Mark's Place where vendors sell falafel, punk rock clothing, incense and much more.
Vestiges of the once large East European community can still be found at places like Veselka's and the Russian & Turkish Baths.
Living in the East Village gives you automatic local cred. It's loud, busy, unpredictable and 100% New York City.
The housing stock tends to be old and dingy. Many apartments are in walk-up buildings and are small and in need of updates.
By the Numbers
Older, walk-up buildings dominate the housing stock in the East Village for both sales and rentals and new condos are few and far between. Despite needing renovation, apartments can command high prices.
Food & Drink
Restaurants and bars in the East Village tend to be fun, lively and in general, much kinder on the bank account.
A rotating selection of craft beers and a daily selection of fresh oysters and clams makes this a neighborhood favorite.
Root & BoneSouthern, Comfort Food, Desserts
Southern soul food with to-die-for buttermilk fried chicken and a popular happy hour.
The EddyAmerican (New)
With exciting New American fare and creative cocktails, The Eddy is worth the slightly steeper prices. There is a very reasonable tasting menu for $58.