New York - Around Town : Greenwich Village (part 2) - Literary Landmarks, Restaurants

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A Village Stroll


Begin at Washington Square and the elegant townhouse row where Edith Wharton and Henry James once lived. Find the charming houses of Washington Mews and MacDougal Alley , then follow 6th Avenue, past the Jefferson Market Courthouse, to West 10th Street.

Stroll down the passageway at the front of the Alexander Onassis Center for Hellenic Studies. This walkway once led up to the Tile Club, a gathering place for the artists of the Tenth Street Studio, where Augustus Saint-Gaudens, John La Farge, and Winslow Homer lived and worked. Continue along Waverly Place, Grove Steet, and Bedford Street, each with its share of prize townhouse architecture. Have lunch at a typical Village bistro like Café Loup .


After lunch, why not while away a few hours browsing in the local shops? Vintage clothing can be admired at specialty shops such as Andy’s Chee-pees at

No. 18 West 8th Street
, while at
No. 840 Broadway
you’ll find Forbidden Planet, a nirvana for comic book fanatics.
West 8th Street
West 4th Street
are also crammed with shops, and several coffeehouses are great for people-watching. Try Caffe Reggio, 119 MacDougal Street, where the literary lights of the beat generation used to read their poetry.

Literary Landmarks

Washington Mews
  1. Washington Square

    Prominent figures who lived here include Edith Wharton, at No. 7 in 1882. Henry James was born at No. 21 in 1843.

  2. St. Luke’s Place

    Poet Marianne Moore lived here, and Theodore Dreiser wrote An American Tragedy at No. 16.

    • Between Hudson St & 7th Ave South

  3. Patchin Place

    A charming pocket of 19th-century houses that later attracted E. E. Cummings, John Masefield, and Eugene O’Neill, among others.

    • West 10th St

    Patchin Place
  4. Café Wha?

    Beat poet Allen Ginsburg was a regular here, a venue that also saw early appearances from Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix.

    • 115 Macdougal St, between Bleecker and West 3rd Sts

  5. White Horse Tavern

    Favorite hangout of Norman Mailer and Dylan Thomas, who announced one night in 1953, “I’ve had 18 straight whiskeys,” and passed out. He died the next day.

    • 567 Hudson St at 11th St

    White Horse Tavern
  6. Willa Cather Residence

    Willa Cather wrote six novels here and her Friday “at homes” were attended by the likes of D. H. Lawrence.

    • 5 Bank St, between West & Greenwich Sts

    • Closed to public

  7. Mark Twain Residence

    A plaque marks the home (1904–08) of Mark Twain, designed by James Renwick, Jr., architect of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Twain received guests while propped up in a huge carved bed.

    • 21 5th Ave at 9th St

    • Closed to public

  8. William Styron Residence

    This was Styron’s first “tiny but rather nice” apartment after writing Lie Down in Darknessat age 23.

    • 43 Greenwich Ave

    • Closed to public

  9. Edward Albee Residence

    Albee wrote The Zoo Story here. He first saw the words “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” written in soap on a saloon mirror nearby.

    • 238 West 4th St

    • Closed to public

  10. West 10th Street

    Mark Twain lived at No. 14 in 1900–1, Hart Crane at No. 54 in 1917, and Edward Albee lived in the carriage house at No. 50 during the 1960s.

    • Closed to public


  1. Babbo

    An attractive setting and the inventive Italian fare created by TV chef Mario Batali make this a very popular spot. Reserve in advance to ensure a table.

    • 110 Waverly Place

    • 212 777 0303

  2. Il Mulino

    Another top Italian. Quality is consistent, portions are large, and the brick-walled room is inviting. Try the homemade capellini with mushrooms, peas, and pancetta in a black truffle vodka cream sauce.

    • 86 West 3rd St, between Sullivan & Thompson Sts

    • 212 673 3783

  3. Blue Hill

    Highly praised New American fare that uses local, seasonal ingredients, served in intimate, elegant surroundings.

    • 75 Washington Place at MacDougal St

    • 212 539 1776

  4. Blue Ribbon Bakery

    A casual Village favorite with an enormous, eclectic menu that includes everything from croissants and caviar to the signature fried chicken.

    • 33 Downing St at Bedford St

    • 212 337 0404

    Blue Ribbon Bakery
  5. Café de Bruxelles

    Mussels and frites can’t be beat at this comfortable restaurant. Don’t miss the impressive selection of Belgian beers either.

    • 118 Greenwich Ave at West 13th St

    • 212 206 1830

  6. Café Loup

    An agreeable French bistro, where favorite dishes include tuna carpaccio, steak, and pan-roasted tarragon chicken. The setting is romantic, but there’s also a funky bar.

    • 105 West 13th St

    • 212 255 4746

  7. Da Silvano

    Watch the celebrities come and go from a table outside. The northern Italian fare here is consistent, and the buzz even better.

    • 260 6th Ave, between Bleecker & West Houston Sts

    • 212 982 2343

  8. Home

    Food like Mom used to make (provided she was a terrific cook) keeps this narrow café crowded. The patio provides a breath of fresh air.

    • 20 Cornelia St, between Bleeker St & 6th Ave

    • 212 243 9579

  9. Pastis

    Hot, hot, hot is this straight-out-of-Paris café; order steak frites or escargots, and get into the spirit.

    • 9 9th Ave at Little West 12th St

    • 212 929 4844

  10. Sushi Samba

    The Japanese/Brazilian fusion cuisine and cocktails are inspired, but the trendy crowd comes here for the rooftop deck and live music on sunny days.

    • 87 Seventh Ave South at Bleecker St

    • 212 691 7885

Unless otherwise stated, all restaurants accept credit cards and serve vegetarian meals

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