8.0 out of 10

Bowery, Bowery

Ranked 2nd best street in Bowery
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Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Shopping Options
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Childcare
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Students

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Lively for 20-somethings"

Dominated by the campus of NYU, which is dotted all around this area, the small, little-known Great Jones Street is an ideal destination for artistically-inclined 20-somethings, whether NYU students or no, looking to get involved in the city's hipster-lite nightlife. With a massive NYU development at one end of the street, Great Jones Street is not the place to go to if you want to avoid noise or fake-IDs, but there's plenty of options if you're willing to join in the fun: check out the oddly named Chinatown Brasserie, or go low-key with the West 3rd Common. Le Basket is also popular for its French delicacies. One of the city's most popular brunches is at nearby Five Points, so gear up for an afternoon of mimosas and lox. There's also an enormously high number of art galleries, craftsmen, and vintage boutiques on the block, including Michael Andrews Bespoke and retro-types' dream Screaming Mimies, delivering high-class vintage gear. A lovely, lively street.
Pros
  • lots to do
  • bars
  • cobblestone streets
Cons
  • NYU scene
  • noisy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"Packs a lot into 2 blocks"

Great Jones is a two-block street that physically interrupts 3rd Street. I don't know if 3rd used to actually be Great Jones and they saved this little piece or what, exactly, the story is here, but Great Jones is different, aesthetically, from 3rd. While East 3rd is very much a Bowery street in aesthetic, Great Jones has more of a Nolita feel architecturally and business-wise. It's interesting because it's very old world looking and a little bit dirty but not Bowery dirty. And, there are a lot of really cool things on this tiny street.
Five Points restaurant on Great Jones is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. It has an incredible menu and is always packed. We used to go there for brunch every Sunday. Their egg dishes are pretty unbeatable. It's kind of funny because it's a somewhat high-end food spot named for the biggest slum in New York that it is nowhere near (Five Points was in the LES). But, I still adore this place.
Great Jones Cafe is at Great Jones and Bowery. This is pretty much the opposite of Five Points in aesthetic and food quality. But, they have some pretty decent diner food and it's much cheaper. So, it's still a pretty good breakfast shop. Directly across the street is a Japanese restaurant that has great oysters. It used to be a carriage house that both Warhol and Basquiat lived in -- at different times, naturally.
Also, theres a great spa on the street (Great Jones Spa) that is directly across the street from Five Points which makes the street a great spot for a ladies who lunch day. Facial and Heuvos Rancheros with mimosas without even having to walk a block!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5
2yrs+

"Short but interesting"

Great Jones Street is a short street between several neighborhoods in New York City, in what a real estate agent would call NoLiTa. It has a great atmosphere of change, with an auto shop and a firehouse right next door to boutique shops and a fantastic cafe (try the chili, and the sweet potato fries). It is short, but is in a great area and full of great little finds!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"In an artful flux"

It's hard to tell how this area will change in the future, whether it will go the gaudy, Disney-development route or maintain a more artful, high-end elegance. Let's just say that for this week, for this particular New York minute, Great Jones Street is a delight of tasteful and quirky shops, on a little strip between the Bowery and Lafayette. Partners & Spade is a gallery that has not only unusual pieces of art, but also assorted other stuff—antique globes, wooden chests filled with I-don't-know-what, vintage police illustrations of guns—and is very browser-friendly. Japan Premium Beef is the most aesthetically sophisticated butcher shop I've ever seen, though the prices are also rather sophisticated for your average beef needs. A new home design shop, The Future Perfect, with all kinds of pieces I want, want, want, looks to be the newest addition to the specialty shops on the street. You get the impression these kinds of unique stores might not be around a year or two from now, but that's no tragedy, because a new batch of quirky and delightful shops might come along soon enough to replace them. One certainly hopes that will be the future fate of Great Jones Street, but who knows how development will go. Great Jones Cafe is reliable, and a very decent place indeed to have some simple fare.
Pros
  • parking garage nearby
  • cobblestone streets
  • great lofts
Cons
  • noisy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5
2yrs+

"Bring your childhood dreams to life."

Blame it on a childhood watching Roadrunner cartoons but the name ACME has always caught the eye and Great Jones Street has a couple of star attractions that will please anyone who grew up going meep meep. The Acme Bar & Grill is a fantastic venue for a few beers and something to eat but below the eatery is the Acme Underground, a music venue open to 4am in the morning making it ideal if you want to carry on drinking through the night.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
2yrs+

"Two blocks worth visiting in the East Village"

Don't bypass Great Jones St on your visit to the East Village; it is only two blocks long, bordered by Broadway to the west and Bowery to the east. It is relatively easy to find, as it is continuous with both W 3rd St and E 3rd St, forming a bridge between the two. Though short, there are a few gems worth visiting on this wide, quiet street. On the eastern end of the street, Great Jones Cafe serves up southern New Orleans-style charm, a cheap selection of beers, and stick to your rubs comfort food in a bright orange building - just look for the bust of Elvis in the window! For something a little more upscale, Five Points is across the street, providing sleek, stylish Mediterranean-American food in a white tablecloth setting. Don't miss the spectacular and cavernous Beaux Arts firehouse at 44 Great Jones, home to NYFD's Engine 33 (who lost 10 of 14 of there firefighters on 9/11).
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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