Whether it’s your first or last day visiting New York City, you should not miss the avenues of Alphabet City in the East Village.
The story of the East Village is history and a mixing of cultures. (RIP, CBGB.) The legacy of the riots in Tompkins Square Park the 1980s gave way to the peaceful protests against racism and xenophobia of late. And the neighborhood’s vast multicultural influences make it the place for good food and drinks. Here’s all the must-see East Village spots to eat, drink, and shop like a local.
Mr. Throwback. You can spend hours in the popular 1990s-era retro store that sells sports apparel, sneakers, video games, and toys. Need a gift? Start here.
Crif Dogs. An East Village original, the hot dog shop serves custom mouth watering dogs that you will not find anywhere else.
Tokio 7. One of New York’s larger upscale consignment shops, you can find second-hand designer and vintage clothing, shoes & accessories. It’s the perfect spot to find that one-of-a-kind vintage Ramones tee.
Minca. Hands down the best Ramen in New York City. Take our word for it.
Death and Company. This is not a funeral home. It is one of the Village’s most iconic speakeasys. The bartenders, dressed in bow ties and suspenders, mix a variety of specialty cocktails. Get there early — there’s always a line.
National Ukrainian Home. Also called Ukrainian East Village, this tucked away restaurant doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside you’ll find the most delicious pierogi and the coldest vodka in town. It’s been in the neighborhood for over 50 years.
Sunny and Annie’s Deli. Want the best sandwich ever? Don’t judge this deli by its cover. Inside, it has the most creative twists on banh mi and the classic egg sandwich in the city. (You won’t know you like pineapple and spicy red pepper pesto together until you eat here.)
If you explore the spots on our list, don’t forget to store your luggage at our safe and secure Lower East Side location! City CoPilot is a super-short walk to the East Village and all of these amazing spots. Enjoy your last day luggage-free so you can walk, shop, drink and take in one of our favorite NYC neighborhoods.