East Village Commerce & Culture
Much of the East Village’s renown comes from its role in numerous countercultural movements, particularly in the arts. This tie is still reflected in the area’s acclaimed smaller music venues, celebrated Off-Off-Broadway theaters, and beloved independent movie houses. St. Mark’s Place — a stretch of East 8th between Third Avenue and Avenue A — has, in some ways, come to embody the East Village: loud and proud, chaotic but exciting, finite yet limitless. It’s not the only place to grab a bite or a libation, but it certainly does present a technicolor platter of food and drink. However, you can walk on any number of lower-key East Village streets and avenues and stumble across an endless stream of new favorite restaurants and bars. That’s part of the East Village’s beauty. From the Bowery over to Alphabet City, it’s a place where everyone can carve out a space for themselves and thrive.