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Little Europe in the West Village

Manhattan-West Village

Welcome to the WestVillage, where you’ll get a break from skyscrapers and traffic. West Village consists of charming cobblestone streets, townhouses and small parks on every corner. The village is also decorated with endless cafes and boutiques, making it an amazing area to spend a nice day in. I love going there because visually I see hints of Europe... but I still feel this undeniable New York City vibe.

Mary M.Mary M.

Mary is a writer from Iceland and Greece working in the media industry. She is an avid traveler having lived in five countries and studied languages and arts in U.S.A., Iceland and Denmark. She is a lover of art, culture and languages. New York City is exactly that, which is why she decided to move here. She has loved every minute of it!

Boucherie West VillageRestaurants & Cafes
Two-floor bistro for dry-aged steaks & other French fare, with a bar that's strong on absinthe.
$$$
(212) 837-1616website
99 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

Boucherie is a cute French restaurant and one of the best brunch spots in the city. Boucherie has three locations in Manhattan but the one featured in this guide is in the beautiful West Village. Their menu is filled with French delights. Is it weird that I go there for their Eggs Norwegian? I could have them for every meal of the day, they’re absolutely phenomenal! And if they nail a Norwegian themed dish, just imagine what their French dishes taste like. Their Beef Tartare is divine as well, if you prefer meat over fish! And most importantly- since it’s brunch time after all- their mimosas are the freshest I’ve had in the city.

GromIce Cream
Italtian Gelato Shop
$$
(212) 206-1738website
4438, 233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

After the delicious brunch you can walk 4 minutes to Grom, an amazing gelato place that serves top-quality Italian gelato. This company mixes its ingredients at their headquarters in Italy, and then the gelato production itself happens in each individual store. I go for their stracciatella and coffee gelato. You can walk around the village and enjoy it or you can walk back and sit down in one of the smallest parks in Manhattan called Minetta Triangle.

Minetta TriangleParks
This tiny, shaded park with a garden-like feel features bluestone paths & several sitting areas.
Free
(212) 639-9675website
N/e Corner Ave. of Americas and, Minetta Ln, New York, NY 10012

The Minetta Triangle is one of the smallest parks in Manhattan. There’s lots of trees and flowers and a small circular bluestone path that has several images of trout engraved in it. The park is named after an old brook that was nearby in the 1600's and was full of trout- hence the images. In the middle you’ll find a tree with a bench around it, it’s very romantic and a perfect place to sit and enjoy each other (and the gelato).

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