7.1 out of 10

Minetta Ln, Greenwich Village

Ranked 9th best street in Greenwich Village
40.7302713538818 -74.0010681114998
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists


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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5

"Cool street but very small"

Minetta Lane is a tiny street in Greenwich that is one of the quieter ones in the Village. There's a little park and a playground across the street at 6th Avenue. There are a series of apartment buildings all built in the mid eighteenth century by the same guy on this street. The Minetta Lane theatre is one of the few off-Broadway theatres left in the village area and it is still a really cool theatre.
On the corner of Minetta and Macdougal are two noteworthy places: Cafe Wha and Minetta Tavern. Cafe Wha has been around forever and the Boss, Bob Dylan, Richard Pryor and Jimi Hendrix have all performed there. Minetta Tavern has been around since 1937 and a ton of writers like e.e. Cummings, Hemingway, and Ezra Pound all used to meet up here. Keith McNally turned it into what it is now which is a majorly trendy but very good restaurant. There's a lot of money in this joint, and, at times, a lot of attitude. But, I enjoy it. I like the decor -- it's very cozy and the food is hearty. It's more of a winter place to me, though.
Minetta Lane is one of the less traffic'd streets in the village and it wouldn't be half bad to live on it.
  • Really cute
  • Restaurants
  • Historical
  • Crowded
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5

"Cool theatre and restaurants near NYU"

Minetta Lane is a pleasant little side street near NYU’s campus. It is a convenient short cut connecting Carmine St to MacDougal St. There is a great little authentic Italian restaurant, Bellavitae, tucked away on this small street that is worth seeking out if you are in the West Village, I went there at least twice for great pasta and wine while in the area visiting a friend of mine, an NYU student who lives nearby. There is also an off broadway theatre, aptly called Minetta Lane Theatre, on this street. It is a short street but there is a lot packed into a short distance.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

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