If you live for brunch, incredible nightlife, and anything Leonardo DiCaprio would enjoy, then the West Village might be your new home. Coveted for its picturesque townhouses and windy streets, this quaint neighborhood is lined with jazz clubs, famed eateries, bookstores, and wine bars. The West Village is reminiscent of European streets and ignores the high-rise bustling vibe the rest of Manhattan strives for.
The West Village serves up a hefty roster of mouth-watering eateries. From a classic Italian plate at Olio E Piu, to Little Owl offering a menu made of comfort food and deserts. The Butcher’s Daughter offers delicious vegan fare, with outdoor seating and a trendy inside covered in plants and insta-worthy decor. If you’re more in the mood for bottomless brunch and Southwestern plates, head to Agave. To top it off The Clam offers a range of seafood items, fairly priced and served in a cozy, brick-walled space with large windows.
If you’re looking to avoid the packed gyms, but still want to work off the delicious food from the village, head to 305 Fitness for a fast-paced dance cardio workout with a live DJ. After, you can settle down for a movie at one of the indie cinemas like the Film Forum or the IFC Center, for something a little less mainstream. As the home of the LGBT movement, the West Village also homes multiple landmarks for this movement such as The Stonewall Inn.
With such a trendy and historic air, comes a steep price of living. Studios average around $2600-$3300 at the lower end, while one-bedrooms start around $3,300. Two-bedroom units start at the lowest around $3800 and range far above $6000 in newer buildings. Three-bedrooms offer the most affordable option for co-living, with units averaging around $4800-$6500. While the rent might be on the higher end, the picturesque street views and true New York charm are worth the bill.
The area also boasts numerous transportation options, with access to the Path, making it an easy commute for any working in New Jersey or flying out of Newark often. Multiple train lines go through the village, including the 1, 2, 3, he A, B, C, D, E, F, M and L trains. The West Village is also a short walk from the other downtown neighborhoods or an easy bike ride.