One of the many things that make Greenwich Village a special place is the sensation of slipping away from bustling city life into a smaller, tight-knit community—a place where metropolis becomes village, where strangers become neighbors.
The Village, with its tree-lined streets and corner cafes, is one of New York Cities most historic neighborhoods, and with that comes deep roots. This year, more than 30 businesses in our district can say they have been around for the last 25 years, and this excludes the many that lay right outside of our districts borders!
These small businesses, run by the “moms and pops” of the Village, are what give Greenwich Village the soul that we all admire so much. They are the familiar faces, and the friendly hellos. This week, make sure to let your local business owner know how much you appreciate their service to the community, and be sure to support them in their pursuits! Their investment in the community is immeasurable, and we are happy to give them a special shout out this week.
Below are just a handful of the many small businesses that we admire so much!
Analogue is a cocktail bar located in the heart of Greenwich Village that features a cocktail-driven menu, along with an extensive lineup of scotches and bourbons, craft beers, and a concise list of great wines.
This eco-conscious eatery offers layered salads, grain-based combos & desserts, all in returnable jars. They serve breakfast, lunch, and snacks, prepared in their kitchen daily and powered by their vivacious and innovative owner, Chloe Vichot.
Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor is the antithesis of a sports bar; rather, it is an extension of your living room, a place to entertain guests with quality conversation in a warm atmosphere over a pint of great American Craft Beer or a glass of fine wine. This bar attracts tons of local regulars, due to the casual atmosphere and friendly staff.
Founded in 1947, Astor Place Hairstylists has provided customers throughout New York and the boroughs with affordable, stylish haircuts and ‘dos that can’t be duplicated anywhere else. Once just a 5-chair barbershop, we now have grown to over 70 chairs and into New York’s largest barbershop and salon.
A neighborhood staple since 1963, this tiny hardware business supplies tools, paints & other hardware goods. With knowledgable employees, you are sure to find the friendly help that you need.
B & S Zeeman is a family owned and operated business proudly serving Greenwich Village and lower Manhattan for over 80 years. From everyday wines to truly unique discoveries, there are ample selections of all major wine varieties from countries and regions from around the globe, at all price points.
Bull McCabes is Saint Mark’s, low-key Irish watering hole featuring billiards, darts & a simple outdoor seating area. This neighborhood favorite has been around for over 50 years.
As the oldest apothecary in America, C.O. Bigelow Chemists has been able to keep their apothecary traditions alive. Since 1838, they’ve remained true to their traditions, transporting customers back to a time and place of personalized attention, customized formulas and healing, and therapeutic preparations.
Culture reflects the best practices in yogurt-making passed on from generation to generation. Their yogurt is cultivated on site using live yogurt cultures from the best milk from Hudson Valley Fresh (Skim and Lowfat Milks) and Organic Valley (Organic Whole Milk).
Since 1984, Devonshire Optical has been fitting customers with beautiful, stylish frames at our Greenwich Village store in the heart of Manhattan. From the vividly colored frames of Anne et Valentin and Theo and Michel Henau to the classic American styles of Oliver Peoples and Paul Smith, Devonshire has it all.
This lively Village cantina with simple Mexican fare, music and margaritas, plus a popular happy hour has been a local favorite for over 25 years!
Since the spring of 1978, Eva’s has been serving delicious and nutritious food. Now considered an 8th Street landmark, they have become a regular stop for all kinds of health-conscious New Yorkers, including professional athletes, musicians and artists
Gem Spa, which has been around since 1957, has become the iconic East Village convenience shop on the corner of Saint Marks Place and 2nd Avenue.
NYU students and locals frequent this East Village Afghan eatery that also supplies hookah pipes since 1981.
Knickerbocker Bar & Grill, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, is a neighborhood favorite. Established in 1977, its popularity has grown over the years. This warm, clubby spot, known for its great Jazz and its 28 oz. T- Bone Steaks, is a favorite among many celebrities and locals alike.
La Panineria is a snug, casual eatery featuring gourmet Italian panini made with imported meats and cheeses. Its friendly staff, and delicious sandwiches make this place special.
Since 1979 La Petite Coquette has been New York City ’s premier destination for sexy, fine lingerie. Founder and owner Rebecca Apsan, AKA The Lingerie Evangelist, spent the better half of her life behind the dressing room curtain. During this time she has provided all of the intimate apparel for Sex and the City, and continues to serve many celebrities. The shop is also fabulous for soon-to-brides!
Basque macarons, chocolate and apricot-walnut brownies and an espresso blend you won't find anywhere else in the city are the hallmarks of Léna, run by French husband and wife team, Pierre and Jenny.
Madman Espresso, created by the colorful, effervescent forever happy Marco Vacci, offers a friendlier barista, a bigger smile and a better coffee. The interior is rustic-chic, the light is perfect, the music cool and the pastries to die for.
In 1989, Mayer Ebbo created Mind Boggler shoes, seven years after moving to New York City from Cairo. Almost thirty years later his store remains one of Manhattans finest footwear and leather goods stores.
Arriving in the U.S. from Egypt in 1981, Mayer found himself fascinated by the western footwear styles and high platforms. In his words, they boggled his eyes and messed his mind, so it was how came to name his new shoe store, Mind Boggler.
Their amazing selection of bagels are hand-rolled and made fresh every day from just a few simple ingredients. However, through a time-honored process that's been passed down through generations those simple things become something a bit magical. What’s the story behind this Village success?
While putting in long hours at Merrill Lynch, Adam Pomerantz had a dream to create a business, close to his heart, and stomach. As a child his father would bring home traditional NYC Jewish bagels, lox, sable, whitefish, cream cheese and other salads, it became his soul food!
Adam's first step toward realizing his dream was to work for a traditional wholesale bagel bakery in New Jersey, learning every step of the bagel making process. Once perfected he tried different recipes until he found the precise proportions and quantities of each ingredient. He then found his small Greenwich Village storefront, renovating it on a shoestring budget, opening in November 1996.
Adam named Murray's Bagels for his father, from whom he learned his love of bagels. The store on 6th Avenue near 13th Street has since become an integral part of the community, with its reputation for delicious, fresh, traditional NYC bagels! The rest as they say, is history.
Rasa is a small village one hour north of Kuala Lumpur where siblings Tommy Lai and Camie Lai grew up in an impoverished environment. Showered with love and affection by their parents, they learned their mother’s legendary Malaysian street food, or “choo-char” recipes.
Today in a different Village many thousands of miles from Rasa, culturally and in distance, Tommy and Camie continue to create some of the best Malaysian food in New York City, staying true to the “choo-char” techniques their mother taught them in Rasa. Visit them at Rasa on West 8th Street in their adopted village, Greenwich Village.
St. Mark’s Comics is a landmark for comic book aficionados from near and far. This store is filled with books, toys, and collectibles. The knowledgeable staff helps customers locate obscure comics. New releases make up a sizable chunk of the selection, but most of the store’s space is devoted to nostalgia items. Graphic novels, art-house publications, and manga all have their own sections. St. Mark’s Comics buys as well as sells.
Led by the “Mayor of 8th Street”, Richard Geist, Uncle Sam’s Army Navy Outfitters has become a Greenwich Village icon, specializing in military surplus, in military inspired fashions, work wear, and accessories. Today, they purchase directly from military branches all over the world to provide authentic military apparel and products from over 26 countries. While you’re in the store you might just rub shoulders with some of the stars who frequent the store including Madonna, Calvin Klein, Diddy, 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, Blink 182, Kelly Osbourne, Bono, and many others.
University Floral Design have been family owned and operated since 1928 serving the New York area. Committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, and backed by service that is friendly and prompt, University Floral treats each customer with personalized attention as they have done for the last 85 years.
William Wayne & Co is the Village’s original gift shop. They boast designer goods that are perfect for every occasion, from baby showers and anniversaries, to birthday, holidays, and business gifts. They’ve been serving the community since 1988, and are sure to help you find the most unique and original gift.