You’ll start your New York Times city tour straight away with exclusive #localsknow access. After you meet your local guide, we’ll get a curator-led tour at the Morrison Hotel Gallery, as you check out the current show, complete with insider details about the photographers, musicians and settings.
From there, we’ll dive into the history of Greenwich Village. Your guide will share with you the story of how the neighborhood went from pastoral estates to bohemian enclave to one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in NYC. Walk past sites of historical significance, like old speakeasies and clubs, and learn where wealth became poverty and then became wealth again.
After working up an appetite, we’ll stop at a Brazilian bakery for special Brazilian delights, and see fresh pasta hand-made and cut to order in a 100+ year old pasta shop.
Walking along, we’ll then enter the world of NYU, where students live the bohemian lifestyle while paying a fortune to attend one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Slip back into your college days and enjoy a bottle of beer and some board games with friends at Uncommons.
The Village is home to New York’s most famous venue for comedy, The Comedy Cellar, and you’ll be treated to special VIP access through the Cellar’s restaurant, the Olive Tree, which functions like a workspace for off-duty comedians. See the stage where great comedians like Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer and many more got their start. Have a drink and keep your eyes peeled for comedians enjoying brunch or giving interviews.
Right in time for the half-way mark, we'll refuel with some caffeine. And where better than the historic, second-generation, family-owned Porto Rico Importing. They import and brew their own coffee on site and in Brooklyn. Have a little sample, and maybe buy some decadent chocolate-covered espresso beans for your loved one who didn’t come on the tour (or to enjoy yourself right there). They have a curated selection of coffee beans from around the world and whimsical gifts that make lovely souvenirs.
And what goes better with a coffee than a cannoli? A cannoli you made yourself! Pasticceria Rocco’s is another second-generation family business and makes cannoli to order — only this time you get to make it to your own order with a hands-on pastry experience.
After all that, you’ll no doubt have something to write home about, so take a trip to Greenwich Letterpress, a small, local, family-owned press that prints their own greeting cards, bespoke invitations and thank you cards, and sells a delightful selection of gift items. When they aren’t helping other customers, they’ll welcome us personally and show us around the shop. They work hard to source their selections from ethical suppliers and regularly rotate stock around ever-changing themes.
Finally, we’re ready for some home cooking. We'll ettle in to the finest neighborhood bar at the Blind Tiger. And in this neighborhood, that means upmarket everything! Artisanal grilled cheese made with five cheeses, dipped in a homemade tomato soup and served with a beer (a craft beer, of course). With open windows in the summer and a fireplace in the winter, you might just decide to make this your own neighborhood bar!