The East Village has long been a destination for American Bohemia known for its diverse community, vibrant nightlife and artistic sensibility. It lays east of Greenwich Village, south of Gramercy and Stuyvesant Town, and north of the Lower East Side. Within the East Village are several smaller neighborhoods, including Alphabet City and the Bowery. Every New York subculture–from yuppie to punk and hipster to hip hop–is celebrated in this inexhaustible grid of drinking, dining, and shops.

DINING

Prune A phenomenal brunch spot that may have you waiting for hours. But the line is well worth it to try Chef Gabrielle Hamilton’s American menu every weekend. Momofuku Ko David Chang’s Momofuku empire, ranging from noodles to a bakery, are all neighborhood gems in their own right. But, Momofuku Ko is the shining star. Back Forty They may call themselves a “burger joint”, but this seasonally changing restaurant is so much more. With organic and responsibly sourced meat and fresh in-season veggie dishes, Back Forty offers greenmarket ideals in a trendy, yet casual dining room.

RECREATION AND LANDMARKS

East River Park Just completed in 2010 is a new promenade that extends to Grand Street, offering views of the river where the sea-faring city first took root. Tomkins Square Park The recreational and geographic heart of the East Village. Cooper Union A privately funded college where you can catch speeches, presentations, public lectures and readings. Bowery Ballroom The structure, at 6 Delancey Street, was built just before the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and then converted into a music venue in 1997.

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