Located within the boundaries of the generally considered Lower East Side, the East Village surged as the trendy and effervescent neighborhood with the bohemian personality we know today when it became the hub for students, artists, musicians, writers, and hippies in the late 60s.
The East Village served as the setting for Rent, the musical, and it is also considered the birthplace of Off-Off Broadway and Punk music. It’s, also, the home of legendary establishments, such as The Nuyorican Poets Café and Webster Hall nightclubs, Mo Pitkins House of Satisfaction comedy club, and the long running Off Broadway show, Stomp.
Culinary boredom isn’t a condition likely to be suffered, just as culturally diverse and eccentric as the neighborhood is, so are the restaurants found in the area. Restaurant search engine, urbanspoon.com, lists over 900 restaurants found in the East Village. In addition, New York Magazine Real Estate has described the East Village as “the neighborhood with the highest concentration of bars in the city (if not the world).”
The East Village is easily accessible by train (6, B, D, F, L, M, N, R), and via bus (M1, M2, M3, M5, M8, M9, M14, M15, M21, M101, M102, M103).