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Downtown Essentials

Manhattan-West Village

Amir shares all the life essentials. Start the day at a bright corner coffee shop in Soho. Grab a book and head to do some reading in Washington Square Park and then enjoy dinner in the West Village at one of the best Neapolitan pizza spots in the city.

Amir Y.Amir Y.

Amir is a developer, dad and Pizza connoisseur. He knows where to get the best slices downtown and where to relax and enjoy some reading.

Chobani SoHoRestaurants & Cafes
Light-filled corner shop featuring creative Greek-yogurt-based cafe fare & topping options.
(212) 364-3970website
152 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

Chobani is a big brand at this point but this store in Soho is still fresh and serves up very good casual breakfast items. I go for the Bagel & Salmon but they of course have a wide selection of yogurts, juices and coffees.

© photos courtesy of Chobani
Washington Square ParkParks
Public Park
(212) 639-9675website
Entrance on Washington Square and 5th Ave

Acting as the hearth of Greenwich Village, this downtown public park is one where people-watching, eating, drinking, and public performance occur every day. Marked by the tall Archway, you can't miss this destination as you venture downtown into the artsy neighborhoods of New York's downtown. Sit by the fountain, enjoy the live music played by street performers and soak in the energy. Observe NYU students passing through the park on their way to class. On your way out, make sure to throw a coin into the center fountain, wishing you'll make your way back to this lively and relaxing place once again.

KestéRestaurants & Cafes
Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas with vegan & gluten-free options doled out in a shoebox-sized space.
(212) 243-1500website
271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Keste is one of the classic Neapolitan style pizza shops in the city. It's a tiny and un-imaginative space but the pizza is well worth the trip. If you have a delicious Neapolitan style pizza somewhere else in the United States, it's likely they know about Keste in New York. Even better it's pretty kid friendly, which doesn't apply everywhere in the village.

© photos courtesy of Keste

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