One-Block Roundup: Bleecker Street
Anyone who’s been in New York longer than a day is undoubtedly familiar with Bleecker Street, the downtown thoroughfare that’s known for its cobblestone blocks, artsy history and (later) upscale leanings. In recent years, the street—specifically the West Village stretch between Sixth Avenue and Hudson Street—has seen a bit of a revival, with fresh new boutiques and restaurants intermingling with old-school spots. Here’s how to spend an entire summer day eating, shopping and exploring, all in one place.
Eat Your Way Across the West Village
The diagonal segment of Bleecker is essentially bookended by two famous eateries: the original Magnolia Bakery, which still draws crowds for its cakes and banana pudding, and Bleecker Street Pizza, a consistent contender for the best pizza in NYC (confirmed: It’s delicious). In between, enjoy an oat milk latte at the new Bonberi Bodega, a food and wellness market, or indulge in a scoop of gelato from Italian import Grom.
Want to enjoy lunch with atmosphere? Grab a seat in the backyard garden at A.O.C. L’aile ou la Cuisse to enjoy a host of Parisian fare and wine or take a seat at the open-air Mexican outpost of Tacombi. Stop into Murray’s Mac & Cheese, a new offering from the well-known cheese purveyor, for an upgrade to the super-savory classic. (Psst: You can—and should—get an entire ball of burrata as a topping.)
Shop Local (and Women-Owned)
Bleecker Street has undergone a massive retail transformation in the past decade, welcoming new storefronts that will make you want to spend money and snap a ’Gram in equal measure. You may have seen Lingua Franca go viral with its embroidered cashmere sweaters (bearing cheeky and/or socially conscious phrases like Every day I’m hustlin’ and Give a damn). Now you can visit the brand IRL to shop its rotation of designs, customize a sweater or stop in for one of the regularly scheduled in-store conversations. LoveShackFancy’
Pick Up Customizable Goods
The swell of new brands occupying Bleecker Street has also welcomed a new trend for customers: the opportunity to tailor unique products just for you (or for a friend, hint, hint). The Daily Edited features custom leather (and vegan leather) goods with your monogram or name—all done right on the spot. Check out the best-selling custom phone cases or print your bestie’s initials on a travel kit for a home-run birthday gift.
Next door, Margaux takes customization a step further—literally. Create a pair of ballet flats with the exact dimensions of your feet, either in-store or at home with a special made-to-measure kit. The cozy showroom also hosts artist events where customers can have their shoes handpainted with details or initials. Customized bridal pairs are especially popular, with thoughtful details like an engraved monogram plate on the sole or a “something blue” lining. The brand offers a well-designed variety of footwear, all with an emphasis on fit and classic design—comfortable enough for a day strolling around the West Village, perhaps.