Google Plus Business   Pinterest


7.0 out of 10

Avenue A, East Village

Ranked 10th best street in East Village
40.7263759448725 -73.9832995739411
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • No ratings yet
Who lives here?
  • Tourists



"Just ok...nothing special"


"a is for alphabet"

Avenue A begins Alphabet City and offers an array of restaurants/cafes/shops to choose from. There is activity throughout the day and its hard to turn your cheek once you get there. You will likely muse over vintage shops while watching bikers wheel by.

"Its not called A for nothing"

So cool that Ryan Adams once sang about it in a song, Avenue A still remains one of the places to be seen in as it is the home for so many of the hipsters and cool cats. If you want to see what you should be wearing or perhaps just fancy a great slice of pizza, Avenue A is always going to be one of the most fashionable stop off points in the city.

"Some doubts about it"

I like to bike on Avenue A on Sunday, especially in summer when Tompkins Square Park is full of people and music. However, at night Avenue A is somehow disappointing. The nightlife is nothing particular and the closer you move to Houston Street, the more Avenue A turns into a complete mess of taxis and cars, particularly on weekend nights. You can hardly bike among them!
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5

"Great nightlife/restaurant scene"

Alphabet City is nothing like it looks on the movie version of Rent, thank you. It’s an extension of the East Village, and houses bars that are still holding on, even if they have been there for at least a generation. This is a nice street to live on – it’s not as trendy as it once was, though the neighborhood can attract a younger crowd when it wants to.

"A seedy attempt at hipster"

Seedy dive bars and so so restaurants are the name of the game on Avenue A. While some are drawn to the area for it's punkish rock roots there isn't much going on worth visiting. Some establishments have come in that have tried to turn the area into a hipster haven but other neighborhoods have invented and perfected that vibe long ago. It's a nice place to see, but the only real attraction is Tompkins Square Park and even that is simply mediocre in my opinion.

"Can't shake the grime."

Some say that Avenue A is an up and coming area, but I just don't see it. There is nothing really worth seeing around Tompkins Square Park; just some restaurants and convenience stores. Sushi Lounge is one i've tried and it was simply okay. The entire block appears to have a film of dirt over it that it can't shake. Even the buildings look dirty and the sidewalks appear more blackened than concrete. It's not one of my favorite areas and it just feels generally filthy.

"A typical downtown experience"

Cobblestone streets are the mood setter here, and they set it well. There are some of the best places to eat here, great pizza and vegan joints. There are tons of overly expensive old-style items, but that's expected downtown. This is a nice walk down the street and a quick bite to eat, but far from a must-see area in New York City.

"Crunchy East Village hipster hang out"

Avenue is great for overpriced vintage shopping. Theres cobblestones, fabulous fannies and others. Theres also a yummy vegan restaurant called Kate's joint that is popular with the young NYU types. In the neighborhood is Anthology film archives, Two Boots Pizza and video, and Heather's Bar. All are a must see in the east village.

"Hipster Hangouts, Yuppie Restos, and Tompkins Sqaure Park"

The Pyramid Club, home of Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Pepper's first NYC shows is now a dive bar that spices it up with late night 80's dance parties. The restaurants all look delightful from the outside and in. And Tompkins Square Park provides a nice venue for a break from the work day or an after school hangout.

Unranked Streets in East Village

Avenue C

"Edge of hip and gritty"
40.7247308408586 -73.9783859409887

Cooper Sq

"Seems corporate-oriented, but close-by to tourist attractions, art school"
40.7282420035489 -73.990883690222

East 1 St

"Lively street with great restaurants"
40.7234106787337 -73.9887663273093

East 11 St

"Cool street with a lot to do"
40.7291612737208 -73.9834850745395

East 12 St

"Every different kind of place to live"
40.72944033461 -73.9821679731008

East 13 St

"Not my pick of the litter"
40.7299415861108 -73.9813701055282
"Scary town"
40.7205978355295 -73.9759608383983
"Why come here . . . "
40.7212857522094 -73.975739505587

F D R Dr

"A freeway more than a drive"
40.7223454846461 -73.974208321623
"Housing Project Entrance Street"
40.7202583659186 -73.9773349819814

All data is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate by the RLS or Douglas Elliman. See Terms of Service for additional restrictions.

All information regarding a property for sale, rental, taxes or financing is from sources deemed reliable. No representation is made as to the accuracy thereof, and such information is subject to errors, omission, change of price, rental, commission, prior sale, lease or financing, or withdrawal without notice. All square footage and dimensions are approximate. Exact dimensions can be obtained by retaining the services of a professional architect or engineer.

The number of bedrooms listed above is not a legal conclusion. Each person should consult with his/her own attorney, architect or zoning expert to make a determination as to the number of rooms in the unit that may be legally used as a bedroom.

© 2014. Douglas Elliman Real Estate. All material presented herein is intended for information purposes only. While, this information is believed to be correct, it is represented subject to errors, omissions, changes or withdrawal without notice. All property information, including, but not limited to square footage, room count, number of bedrooms and the school district in property listings are deemed reliable, but should be verified by your own attorney, architect or zoning expert. Equal Housing Opportunity.