8.1 out of 10

Bedford St, West Village

Ranked 4th best street in West Village
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Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Pest Free
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
May 06, 2010

"Tons of history and great food!"

Bedford Street has to be one of the most well rounded streets in the West Village. It has the tree lined aesthetic that the West Village is famous (and extremely expensive) for; and, maintains some of the most desirable addresses as far as townhouses and brownstones go.

But, Bedford is also home to some of the coolest historical sites and best restaurants in all of New York which makes a bit more lively than some of the other village jaunts.

Blue Ribbon bakery (at the corner of Bedford and Downing) is a perpetually busy restaurant with a great New York vibe. They have great comfort food -- the fried chicken is nothing to complain about -- and stopping in at 2 am to get oysters and champagne is a pretty unbeatable way to end an evening.
Daddy-0 (at 44 Bedford) is one of my favorite bars in NYC. Although it's tiny and popular, it is somehow never crowded. It's dark and cozy and has the perfect amount of bustle to it. It is definitely a bar and they do have some pretty great if not completely inventive drinks. But, the great thing about this place is that the bar food is actually really good. The cheeseburger is outstanding, the wings are above standard bar fare and they serve tater tots for cryin out loud!

This place really is pretty awesome and a great haunt for a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Directly across the street from Daddy-o is the Village Tavern. It's a pretty standard, crowded sports pub but I remember it fondly: I watched my first football game at the Tavern when I had lived here only 6 days. The place is always packed with finance guys, the bartenders are quick and they let you order pizza. Basically, its a great place to go on a Saturday to watch a game and troll for men.

90 Bedford houses not only the exterior that was used for the apartment building in the sitcom Friends but my favorite brunch spot in the city: The Little Owl! The place is tiny and the wait on weekends is impossible. But, if it's nice out and you can stomach a sometimes 2 hour wait, the food is excellent and the place is ridiculously charming. People watching in and around The Little Owl is a pretty great pasttime in and of itself.

75 1/5 Bedford is the narrowest house in New York city. It is 3 stories tall but the house width is like 10 feet by 15 feet or something absurd like that. It's pretty hard to miss and a really cool thing to see. Edna St Vincent Millay lived in at 75 1 / 5 Bedford for many years (there is a plaque out front) as did a number of other famous artists. The tiny house was up for sale last summer for a whopping 2.7 million dollars.

Just a bit past Barrow on Bedford is the establishment formerly known as Chumleys. It was one of the oldest bars in the city and had this great Revolutionary War history to it. Alas, it caught fire about 2 years ago and whether or not it will ever be reopened remains to be seen.

Bedford St, to me, is a street that everyone should spend an afternoon; I always bring visitors to Bedford for at least one meal and a historical walk about. It's as cool as it is beautiful.
Pros
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Cute
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5
Jan 28, 2009

"Good food on a nice street."

Bedford Street winds up and allows walkers to enjoy the sights and sounds of Manhattan with leisure. A Saturday can be spent strolling the street and browsing the shops and businesses or stopping in at Blue Ribbon Bakery Market to check out the local cheeses, and specialty items housed at the store. A foodie or culinary wiz will adore the shelves of imported items and local favorites.
5/5
Dec 21, 2008

"Amazing Food Stops"

Bedford Street is a street that any foodie will fall in love with. Along the entire strip there are restaurants that are absolutely divine. Casa offers Brazilian cuisine which is good, if not a bit much at times. I hate leaving feeling really stuffed and Casa caused that, though that's not the fault of the restaurant. Ditch Plains offers great lunches and a delicious lobster roll. Ditch Plains also delivers which is an added bonus. Overall this is a great strip with amazing food.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
Jul 19, 2008

"Bedord Street LowDown"

This street is literally CHALKED FULL of great places to eat.

Here’s a list:
Blue Ribbon Bakery and Café- great food
Ino- Intimate, quiet
Ditch Plains- great fish!

I think this street could be a lot of fun for dinner and drinks before a night out on the town.

This village is best accessed by the followed Metro Stations: 1,2 Houston Street, A,C,E, Spring Street, Prince St N,R,W, Broadway-Lafayette, B,D,F,V, Bleeker St, 4,6 2nd Ave- Lower East Side F,V, Canal St 1, 2, Canal St, A,C,E, ...N, Q R,W,... 4, 6,... J, M, Z, Grand St, B, D Bowery, J, M, Franklin, 1, 2. It is also very well accessible by the bus system!
4/5
May 09, 2008

"Nice place for a coffee"

Bedford Street is u have a lot of restaurants lounges and cafe's. The street is mainly a residential area with a lot of residential buildings surrounding the place. The house of Isaac Hendricks which is the oldest in the city is also found on the street was really amused looking at the house. The cafe's here serve the best pastries i have ever eaten especially Patisserie Valerie.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5
May 09, 2008

"Bedford St, Nice place to hangout"

Along the Bedford Street you will find restaurants, lounges and café’s. The Bedford street crosses the Commerce street at one of its points. Residential buildings cover a major part of this street. At the corner of Bedford and Groove street there is a huge building in which is one of the favorite restaurants that I enjoyed at, The Little Owl restaurant. I also did enjoy a view of Isaac Hendricks house built on this street. I visited the Blue Ribbon Bakery and really loved the sweetness of the pastries as well as the lovely service that they had offered.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
May 09, 2008

"Lots of Cafe's And Restaurants"

Bedford Street is located in the borough of City of Westminster. I was amused by the number of Caffe's and Restaurants in the place. I was also thrilled to see the house of Isaac Hendricks built on this street which is the oldest in the city. The services in the restaurants and the Cafe's was excellent. I visited Caffe Nero liked the place alot because of its pleasant and relaxed environment.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5
Apr 28, 2008

"About Bedford Street"

Bedford Street offers different architecture as compared to the other buildings in New York. Named for a street in London's Covent Garden. That street is the address of St. Paul's Church, which may have something to do with why the name was appropriated.

Beautiful buildings, beautiful restaurants, and beautiful sights to see.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5
Jan 05, 2008

"Old classic architecture"

Another classic in the West Village, this street (around the area of Barrow st) offers up some of the best architecture in Manhattan.. Beautiful apartment blocks, leafy and green and restaurants tucked away on most corners.. Close to 7th Avenue and the metro too. Living here comes at a hefty price though, you pay through the nose for a decent studio here but it’s worth it – Bedford st offers you a semi private sanctuary in this manic city..
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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