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East Village
The East Village is a culturally vibrant neighborhood with a reputation as the countercultural beacon of New York City. From its origins as an immigrant neighborhood and site of 1980s social activism to its current status as a foodie destination peppered with restaurants and cocktail bars, the East Village merges old school and trendy.

The Basics
The hip and sometimes grungy East Village is a prime destination for food and drinks. Culinary walking tours offer foodies the option of exploring the mainstays, including Japanese restaurants in Little Tokyo and old-school Italian eateries (often called "red-sauce" restaurants by locals). To get the most out of the Village's drinking establishments, try a guided tour through the burgeoning cocktail scene to taste top-notch libations and locally produced spirits. Beer drinkers can opt for brewery tours, which not only introduce travelers to the village's best ale houses and craft beer but also typically include transportation so you can explore without hopping on the subway. Other options include pub crawls, activist history walking tours, and ghost tours.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The East Village is a perfect destination for urban adventurers, foodies, and fashionistas.
  • Walking tours are an efficient way to see all the sights, since the neighborhood is best explored on foot.

How to Get There
Located east of Broadway between 14th and Houston streets, the East Village is best accessed by subway. Hop the 4/5 train to Union Square, the 6 to Bleeker Street, or the F to the 2 Avenue Station. Alternatively, the M14 bus runs crosstown on 14th street, and the M15 bus runs uptown on 1st Avenue and downtown on 2nd Avenue.

When to Get There
The East Village is a fantastic year-round destination, though spring and autumn bring perfect light-sweater weather and blue skies. Summer can be hot and humid, while winter is often windy, snowy, and cold. You’ll want to arrive early in the day for sightseeing and shopping. Plan a weekend evening visit for a night on the town, but show up early, as many restaurants don't take reservations. 

Where to Take a Break
Take a few minutes to rest in the centrally located Tompkins Square Park. An East Village icon situated in Alphabet City, Tompkins Square is central to the neighborhood's social activism and culture. The park’s benches, playgrounds, and chess tables are situated beneath leafy, American elm trees and offer a perfect place for relaxation.
Address: Between Houston Street, Bowery, & 14th Street, New York City, New York, USA, USA
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East Village Rock n' Punk Tour

East Village Rock n' Punk Tour

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Discover the three genres of music that helped form rock culture in New York City’s East Village on this guided rock walk tour. Rock, punk, and glam helped introduce new music, rock ’n’ roll fashion, and a way of life to the world. See where bands like the Ramones, the New York Dolls, the Velvet Underground, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, and others wrote music and played gigs. Soak up the rich musical history and get to know the East Village rock scene on the Original Rock ’n’ Roll Walking Tour.
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  • 2 hours
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Private East Village TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour

Private East Village TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour

If you love TV shows and movies, then you've likely seen the East Village—this New York City neighborhood serves as the backdrop for numerous famous scenes. Visit the actual filming locations for some of Hollywood's biggest movies during this entertainment tour. From the deli in ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ to the Puck Building from ‘American Psycho,’ you’ll get to step into sceneries from some of your favorite movies.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Vegan Eats in the East Village

Vegan Eats in the East Village

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This walking tour offers a great overview of the many vegan options in the East Village, one of NYC's prime locations for vegan food. The tour is suitable for vegans and non-vegans alike. We will sample at least five different foods, both savory and sweet.
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  • 3 hours
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1 Day Jewelry Making Class

1 Day Jewelry Making Class

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Create a one-of-a-kind ring with a 3-hour jewelry class in the East Village, and work with the tips and guidance of an experienced jeweler. Start from scratch or bring a favorite idea to life in silver or brass, with the option to upgrade to 14- or 18-carat gold. Enjoy the personal, hand-on experience of a small-group workshop with just four students per class. Engrave your creation with your initials, and take home an unforgettable, unique memento.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Historical NYC neighborhood tour with a soccer focus, followed by a live match

Historical NYC neighborhood tour with a soccer focus, followed by a live match

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Our tours allow you to see the sites as well as the match. Soccer Walks NYC is the only New York walking tour that will introduce you to the history of the city through the eyes of the many immigrant groups that have arrived in New York with a dream for a better life and a love of soccer. Neighborhoods covered include the Lower East Side, Little Italy, Greenwich Village and East Village. After exploring the immigrant history of various New York City neighborhoods, we’ll stop in to one of NYC’s many soccer bars to experience what it’s like to watch your favorite team or league with a bunch of rabid football fans in New York City.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours
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NYC 1-Day Customized Dining Itinerary

NYC 1-Day Customized Dining Itinerary

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Good food can make or break a vacation. Avoid disappointment with this entirely customized culinary itinerary, which includes restaurant recommendations for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in NYC—all tailored to your taste, itinerary, and budget. Get tips on what to order, where to sit, and food and drink pairings. Reservations will be made on your behalf, where possible.
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  • 1 day
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