Air’s Champagne Parlor
127 Macdougal St., Greenwich Village
It's hard to imagine a better place to do drinks with girlfriends than this feminine champagne parlor, which features a marble bar, deep green velvet banquettes, and gold stools. In addition to an extensive list of champagnes and sparkling wines by the glass, they have a great little snack menu featuring oysters, caviar, charcuterie, and a seriously good grilled cheese. Come during their "bubbly hour," when you can get three glasses of champagne by the glass plus a snack for $30 a person.
79-81 Macdougal St., Greenwich Village
Dante is an homage to the original Caffe Dante, which had been in Greenwich Village since 1915 and was once a preferred haunt for Italian immigrants—along with legends like Bob Dylan, Ernest Hemingway, Al Pacino, and Patti Smith. Since changing hands to new owner Linden Pride, it’s fortunately maintained a lot of its charm. The cocktails—all modern riffs on classic drinks—are made with fresh-pressed citrus or “fluffy” orange juice straight from the juicer. Every day from 4 to 7 in the evening, it hosts Negroni Sessions, where you can sample the twelve types of Negroni available on tap. Small plates to full-fledged Italian entrées are on offer at dinner time; there is a killer brunch, too.
185 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village
Chloe Coscarelli was fresh out of culinary school when she won an episode of Cupcake Wars with a vegan cupcake recipe: She was the first person to do so on that show or any other televised cooking competition. She’s since opened a casual restaurant in the West Village (followed by others), with an adorable interior (striped wooden floors, colorful tiles, hanging swing) and a little fridge with pre-packaged food. While the menu is focused on smoothies, juices, and great vegan burgers, you can still pick up her famous cupcakes.
414 6th Ave., Greenwich Village
We love their big old-fashioned sign and window displays which make it look like it’s still a mom and pop shop from the 1960’s. Inside, it’s the opposite, full of their own ever-growing and excellent line of body care products, and the best of what’s new from other brands like Diptyque, La Roche, and Boiron. They take great care to stock the best offerings in beauty and body care, so it’s always fun to go and pick up a special treat. They also fill prescriptions.
89 Macdougal St., Greenwich Village
There's a pretty large group of people who contest that J.G. Melon has the best burgers in the city. They first set up shop on the corner of 3rd Avenue and 74th Street back in 1972, and it retains its original charm thanks to the persevering green-checked tablecloths and well-worn wooden bar. The newer Greenwich Village location is, of course, a popular haunt for NYU kids—just keep in mind that it's under different ownership than the original.
430 Lafayette St., Greenwich Village
Indochine's opening back in 1984 was actually a dinner in honor of Juilan Schnabel—and the entire art crowd showed up to celebrate. Blessedly, the place hasn't changed much since then; the wallpaper is iconic, and the Chilean sea bass has garnered a cult-like following. They know what they're doing, so you can trust them to handle private events of any size.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
30 W. 8th St., Greenwich Village
There are Stumptown locations in most major coffee-obsessed cities and each one has its own character. This one is housed in a historic Greenwich Village space that formerly belonged to the storied 8th Street Bookshop. The space has been reworked to accommodate an impressive coffee bar and plenty of tables without stripping it of charm. Keep in mind that while the drink menu has all the favorites and more, there isn’t much on offer in terms of food. Visit the second location in the Ace Hotel in the Flatiron District.
Marlton Hotel Espresso Bar
5 W. 8th St., Greenwich Village
The gorgeous Marlton Hotel lobby happens to be home to a great espresso bar. Here, you'll find a simple but perfectly executed offering of coffee drinks, teas, and snacks (get the beet chips and one of the salads). While tables tend to go fast, you can usually grab a couch or armchair.
Great Jones Spa
29 Great Jones St., Greenwich Village
They've got every treatment under the sun here, at a range of prices. If you're not looking for a massage or facial, just book the water lounge and spend the day between the pool, the sauna, and the jacuzzi. It's fun to do with friends.
414 6th Ave., Greenwich Village
We love their big old-fashioned sign and window displays which make it look like it's still a mom and pop shop from the 1960's. Inside, it's the opposite, full of their own ever-growing and excellent line of body care products, and the best of what's new from other brands like Diptyque, La Roche, and Boiron. They take great care to stock the best offerings in beauty and body care, so it's always fun to go and pick up a special treat. They also fill prescriptions.