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created by | Nora
transit | walkable
distance | 0.4 miles
est. transit time | 8 minute walk end to end

There are some things that are so quintessential New York it's hard to know which one came first. Bagels . . . the smell that hits you in the nose when you step out onto the street in mid summer heat . . . you get the idea. This little guide combines all of my favorite classic New York elements in one amazing evening. Greenwich Village is one of those neighborhoods that has defined the City over the years as much as New York has defined it. Comedy clubs are also well entrenched in New York culture and particularly damp, crusty, old school downtown old school comedy clubs. Lastly, what's more New York than Pizza? I'll tell you, traditional Neapolitan style pizza served by Italians in a tiny two table restaurant on Houston. To the guide!


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Song' E Napule NYC

$$ Neapolitan style pizza | Intimate casual restaurant
146 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012 (near Macdougal)
(646) 904-8339


Kick off the evening by heading to Song E Napule on Houston. This tiny restaurant really specializes in Neapolitan style pizza so, make a reservation, arrive early and pull up a chair around the wood burning oven so you're in prime position to scoop up your pie when it comes out perfectly bubbling and hot. This place is tiny with just a few tables so take that into account when making your plans, but know that the food will not disappoint. 

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Comedy Cellar

$$ | Comedy club
 117 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012 (near Minetta)
(212) 254-3480


After dinner, walk west on Houston and then take a right on Macdougal and just two blocks north is the Comedy Cellar. The Comedy Cellar, is literally a cellar. It's a basement that's physically unimpressive if not a little gross and dingy but the line up of comedy acts that have performed here is very very impressive. From Robin Williams to Jerry Seinfeld, the Comedy Cellar is one of the best places to see a comedy show in New York City and classic Greenwich Village. Down a couple of drinks or order a desert to meet your minimum spend (standard for NYC comedy clubs) and sit back and enjoy the show. If you're in the front row prepare to be invovled in the act, good, bad or ugly.

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Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar

$$ | Wine Bar
34 Downing St, New York, NY 10014 (near Bedford)


When the comedy show lets out, you will no doubt be in a good mood and ready to continue to night. Head south on Macdougal and across 6th Avenue to the Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar. Great little wine bar tucked unassumingly under a dark awning along Downing Street just past Bedford. Classic way to end your classic New York City night.

Looking for a hotel near this guide? Book a stay at The Marlton Hotel

The Marlton Hotel

4 star hotel | rooms $250-$300/night
5 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011
(212) 321-0100

The Marlton Hotel opened less than five years ago. Set in a 1900 building that once housed bohemian icons like Jack Kerouac, this swanky hotel in storied Greenwich Village is 3 minutes' walk from Washington Square Park and its famous arch, and a 5-minute walk from a subway station.

“Service was first class, and all the staff were very helpful. The room was immaculate and the location second to none...."


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