The West Village is the perfect neighborhood for people who like the finer things in life - think lovely window boxes, well-curated bookshops and sophisticated company - but without the fuss or ostentation.
At a Glance
Picture a romantic comedy set in New York City: The heroine invariably will live in a cozy walk-up on a cobblestone street in a neighborhood with cute boutiques and trendy cafes on every corner. This movie is set in the West Village. In reality, the West Village is just as picturesque. The neighborhood is tucked between Greenwich Village and the Hudson River and is one of the quietest and most sophisticated pockets of Downtown Manhattan. Primarily residential with a distinct lack of office buildings, the leafy, off-the-grid streets are peaceful during the day, but get livelier at night. That's when well-heeled residents, fashionistas and literati can all be found mingling over oysters at the area's many low-lit cocktail bars.
There's a quiet beauty to the West Village and the people who frequent it. There's nothing forced or artificial about it and its loveliness is perfectly natural.
Heart of the Neighborhood
West 4th Street curves through the heart of the West Village and is home to many local joints like the Corner Bistro as well as some of its loveliest houses.
The West Village is one of the few Manhattan neighborhoods that completely defies the grid street system. The blocks are incredibly curvy and difficult to navigate!
From the cobblestone streets in the morning to the Hudson River Greenway at sunset, lovely scenery surrounds the neighborhood.
The housing stock in the West Village is primarily historic townhouses and walk-ups. While the exteriors have charm, the interiors are often old and outdated.
By the Numbers
The West Village is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the city, which makes it a very expensive and very competitive market. Mint-condition townhouses and condos easily command several million. Rentals are also pricey, but often are small and older.
Food & Drink
It’s no exaggeration to say there is a great restaurant or bar on almost every street in the West Village.
Extra VirginSeafood, Greek, Italian
Extra Virgin's outdoor tables are always filled with good looking diners sipping wine and enjoying the Mediterranean restaurant's fresh fare.
BuvetteFrench, Italian, Breakfast & Brunch
French-inspired gastropub where people can meet for casual food and drink any time of day.
Modern Italian fare and an impressive wine list make L'Artusi an excellent date spot.