A Perfect Indie Day in NYC’s West Village
New York is freaking awesome. If you don’t like it, seriously try it again. There is something for everyone. You don’t even have to leave Manhattan to find quiet corners and pretty views — seriously. I did the whole “Statue of Liberty – Rockefeller – Times Square,” deal for a few years and it was great because it made me really comfortable with navigating the city, but now that I’ve branched out and started to explore less-touristy areas, I’ve found a whole new love for the Big Apple.
The best day in NYC is the day where you go and explore – but here are some guidelines for your trip if you’re still on the fence about wandering city streets with no plan.
10 AM – Grand Central Station – The High Line
Lets assume you got up nice and early, hopped on a train, and made the journey to Grand Central. Instead of following the masses out to the city streets, meander down to the subway station in Grand Central. Take the shuttle to times square and then hop on the 1,2, or 3 train to West 14th Street and 7th Avenue. Follow the signs down to the High Line start and spend a quiet morning walking along the path – its really worth the time.
Enjoy walking along the Hudson and viewing the art that lines the way. Don’t forget to stop at the markets in Chelsea and peruse for antiques that you can’t afford. The surroundings of the High Line have a shabby-chic quality to the that is so “New York.” Try to go on a day when the weather is nice and you can take in the scenery.
11:30 – Walk through East Village to Greenwich
The High Line drops you off right here at Washington Street — smack in the oxymoron of designer shops and gritty streets that is the East Village. Take the 15 or so minute walk through to Greenwich Village — and most importantly, Jeffery’s Grocery.
12:00 Lunch at Jeffery’s Grocery – 172 Waverly Place
I have yet to find a place that I adore more than Jeffery’s. It’s worth dropping $30-40 bucks on — trust me.
Go on a weekend and order off the brunch menu – you will become an immediate egg snob. But thats totally ok. I’ve spent hours sitting in the restaurant just enjoying the atmosphere – and every friend I’ve dragged along has fallen in love with it too.
Lets just assume that you’re spending 2 hours there.
2:00 – Bleecker Street
A trip to the Village is incomplete without wandering the shops of Bleecker Street. Stop in my beloved Rebel Rebel Records or browse for books in the gem that is Book Book. Grab a coffee in McNally Jackson and pretend to read a book while you judge the hipsters.
Don’t forget to wander the side streets a little – you’re always in for surprises. (Like whatever the heck this is in the picture below.)
4:00 – Washington Square Park
Take a break from the city streets and stroll Washington Square Park – admire the ornate archway and listen to music being played in the center by local musicians.
4:30 – Whitney Museum of American Art
Head back up to where the High Line dropped you off and take in the art in The Whitney Museum of American Art – It’s open until 6:00, so you have plenty of time to look at the work.
6:30 – Dinner at The Market Table
This isn’t a cheap restaurant by any means – but you should definitely try it at least once anyways. You can opt for a $2 slice of pizza, but I promise this food is delicious, colorful, and fresh. Totally worth the $30-40.
8:00 – The Comedy Cellar
Before heading back to catch your train, catch a few laughs at The Comedy Cellar – known to feature the big names in comedy, as well as the up and coming.
No matter where you end up on your adventure in The West Village, if you keep your eyes out for the hidden details, you won’t be disappointed.