The East Village: The Center of NYC’s Arts Scene
The East Village is constantly considered as one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the entire city. In addition to being the home of our community 194 East Second Street, it has also been home to celebrities such as Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise. The East Village features plenty of places to dine and enjoy a night out on the town, and is easy to get to from many points in Manhattan and Brooklyn. One unique aspect of the neighborhood is performing arts, with many unique theaters and off-broadway plays. We’ve outlined some of our favorite places below.
Explore The East Village
Live Theater & Comedy
The East Village has loads of independent theaters that are great for seeing off-broadway shows and stand-up comedy. The Orpheum Theatre on Second Ave. and St. Marks Place has been the home of STOMP since 1994. If you like stand-up comedy show, visit the UCB Theatre on East Third St. to see comedians from Comedy Central, or visit on an open mic night to try stand-up comedy for the very first time. The New York Theatre Workshop is located on Second Ave. & Fourth St. and offers various productions of live plays, as well as cinema premieres.
The Metrograph is one of New York’s hottest independent cinemas and opened in March of 2016. Located on Ludlow St. between Hester and Canal St., The cinema houses a variety of films ranging from well-known productions to documentaries, including film premieres and viewings with cast members, directors and other staff. On Second Ave., Anthology Film Archives offers screenings from a variety of genres. The Anthology also hosts an archive dedicated to housing, protecting, and preserving various film stills, audio recordings, and video from Super-8mm film to 35mm film.
The East Village features plenty of vintage shops featuring clothing, vinyl records, and more. If you’re looking for apartment décor, Racked New York has a list of the best home décor stores. Included on this list is John Derian, which features unique antiques, rugs, candles, and other art objects. You can visit their retail location on Second St. between Bowery and Second Ave. Still House offers unique, homemade ceramics including tabletops, cups, bowls, and vases. For clothing and accessories, Cloak and Dagger is a popular boutique located on East Ninth St. between First and Second Ave. that sells women’s clothing, jewelry, stationary and more.
Before or after you explore the arts offerings of the East Village, a visit to the eclectic St. Marks Place for a bite to eat is a must. Otto’s Tacos and Mamoun offer diverse food offerings. St. Mark’s Place offers various Asian restaurants including Kenka, Ramen Setagaya and Yakitori Taisho. For an after dinner drink, McSorley’s Ale House is located on adjacent Seventh Street, and is the oldest Irish tavern in the entire city. The area around Avenue A also features some of the best eats in NYC. Try grabbing either noodles from Raku, French cuisine from Le Village, or brunch from The Eddy.