7.3 out of 10

East 2 St, East Village

Ranked 7th best street in East Village
40.7224927359296 -73.9845475710382
Great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Families with kids

Reviews

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

"Quiet authentic space in the heart of gentrification"

While much of the East Village nowadays is dominated by the spectre of NYU - a hoarde of pieced, spiky-haired, androgynous artsy types looking to spend money in dives reformulated to handle a wealthier, more commercial crowd, there are a few enclaves within the gentrified streets where an authentic, family-friendly feeling takes hold. Here, the cafes are real cafes, rather than glorified NYU cafeterias, the bars are real bars, and - perhaps most importantly - the community gardens are real community gardens. East 2nd Street is within a stone's throw of the Peace Garden, Kenkleba House Garden, Peach Tree Garden, and charming Peretz square - four welcome patches of greenery in an otherwise bleak cityscape. Also nearby is the famous Nuyorican Poets' Cafe, which - while its lacks some of its "unknown" cache, is still alternative and authentic enough to have avoided ever going mainstream. Culinary options near here include laid-back joints such as Cafe Hade Bade and Wally's Pacific Catch. Or leave the East Village behind altogether and check out bona fide Lower East Side vibes south of nearby Houston Street (including a pastrami sandwich at the famous Katz's Deli).
Pros
  • laid-back
  • authentic
  • family-friendly
Cons
  • quieter than the rest of the East Village
  • less trendy
  • far from public transport
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"Lively Street"

There's a really cool apartment building at the corner of 2nd and 1st Ave. It looks older than it actually is and you can see the outline of the former Church rectory that the building used to be. A few steps down, on the corner of 2nd and A there is a really cool, little bar with no name. Most of the bars in this area are pretty cool but I really like this one. One of my favorite restaurants is on 2nd on the east side of A. It's called Supper. It is small and cozy and the food is pretty incredible. It's owned by the same guy that owns Frank and he is pretty good at what he does. The crowd is a total cross - section of New York life and the ambience is pretty stellar. I highly recommend the place. Next door to Supper is where Allen Ginsberg lived when he wrote Naked Lunch. And, next door to that is a wine bar called Il Posto Accanto -- which is very revered for it's food and wine both. I think it's pretty good, and I like the space. But, I prefer Supper.

East of Avenue B is where all the heroin activity was in the 80's. There are a couple of music venues on 2nd and B that are still around but not as prolific as they were when Alphabet City was full of grit and drug addicts. The buildings still kinda look like the heroin days, but for the most part, this part of town is pretty cleaned up and very trendy with the young, hipster set. It's a fun street with great restaurants and a lively vibe. I just still wouldn't venture too far past B late at night.
Pros
  • Great restaurants
  • Bar scene
Cons
  • Still gritty looking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
3/5
2yrs+

"A nice street where to live"

E 2nd St runs from The Bowery to Avenue C. It is a residential and quiet street in the East Village. I think it is a good place where to live: It is close to the vibrant nightlife and restaurants of the Lower East Side and the Greenwich Village. One of my favorite places on E 2nd is the Russian restaurant at the corner with 2nd Ave.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"More Nightlife, Lots of places to eat"

The lower part of the East Village tends to be packed with bars and restaurants and like places to spend your money. I lived close by, but this street was a bit quieter than mine. The East Village has been pretty much completely commercialized, so don’t expect to find a treasure trove of starving artists and their crafts.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"East 2nd Street"

Go have supper at Supper. It houses some great Italian wine and great food. This clock has some interesting choices for food between Waiki Wally's with it s Hawaiian fare and Nicki's Vietnamese Sandwiches (I know, what is a Vietnamese sandwich exactly... you'll have to go there for yourself and check it out!) The street itself has a lot in the way of fun and is lively with cheaper housing options, yet a lot of character.

East 2nd is close to the following metro and is accessible to many buses. Foot traffic is moderate, and it is a good neighborhood for young people!!

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