World famous New York University is one of the largest private universities in the U.S. with over 40,000 students. University buildings are located throughout the city, with the main campus centered at Washington Square in the heart of Greenwich Village. As it states on the school’s website, NYU is “in and of the city,” making for a unique and dynamic college experience.
Transportation: Students and visiting families fly in and out of La Guardia, Kennedy, or Newark Airports. All Greyhound and New Jersey Transit buses go into the Port Authority Terminal. Amtrak trains operate out of Pennsylvania Station. For subway, bus and driving directions click here.
Stay: This is New York, where there are endless choices of great hotels throughout the city. We suggest you stay downtown, within walking distance of Washington Square. At the boutique Marlton Hotel, on West 8th, you can roll out of bed and catch your tour, it’s that close. Heading a few blocks east check in to The Standard or The Bowery Hotel. Over by Union Square, students say their parents have been very pleased with the Hyatt Union Square. It’s not easy to find affordable lodging near campus, so we were excited to learn of the Washington Square Hotel from an alum. The location on Waverly Place is ideal; the rooms are small but clean and comfortable with a B&B feel.
Coffee: The unofficial NYU hangout is Think Coffee on Mercer Street just across from Washington Square Park. Oren’s Daily Roast on Waverly is another student go to. Heading towards Union Square, The Bean on Broadway and West 4th is another meeting place for students, many whose dorms are between 12th and 14th Streets.
Breakfast: For student picks leave some time to venture to MudSpot, Westville East, and Veselka, all in the East Village home to many NYU students. Veselka is open 24/7 specializing in Ukrainian food, the menu does feature typical diner fare, but we suggest you try the borscht and pierogi’s—you can have pancakes at home! Over in the West Village, just a short walk from Washington Square, feel like a local at Café Cluny, Jeffrey's Grocery, Tartine or at tiny Joseph Leonard. Closer to campus, Café Angelique is a good morning spot. On the weekends the wait for a table at brunch can be hours, but weekday mornings are more civilized at upscale Lafayette Grand Café and Bakery, worth a peek just to see the beautiful space.
Lunch: We asked a few NYU students, and here’s what they said: ” Dos Toros is one of my favorites for when I’m craving Mexican food, and Num Pang is a delicious Cambodian sandwich shop. “There’s always a line at Saigon Shack serving seriously good Vietnamese food right near campus, try the pho, especially on a cold winter day.”“Gaia Italian Cafe on Houston has the most incredible panini’s that I have ever had and The Grey Dog Café over on University is another go to spot, you’ll see NYU students at most tables eating their addictive sweet potato fries” Daytripper approved haunts include The Smile and Vic’s, both a short walk from Washington Square. Otto Enoteca Pizzeria at One Fifth Avenue (the entrance is on 8th Street) from chef Mario Batali is a buzzy wine bar serving pizzas, salads, antipasti, and pasta.
Casual: Tiny Motorino ranks high on New Yorkers lists for the best brick oven pizza in the city, go hungry, so you can try both the margarita and brussel sprout pies. David Chang started his empire at Momofuku Noodle Bar; we love the spicy miso ramen with smoked chicken. If there’s too long a wait Rai Rai Ken, Ippudo, and Minca are other good options, all nearby, for ramen. Students rave about the Juicy Lucy Burger at Whitman's, Barbeque at Mighty Quinns and subs at the Meatball Shop. For something more unique, book a grill table at Korean BBQ, Do Hwa, and you can do the cooking. Over on Bowery, Bar Primi is good for a group, especially a group that loves pasta. Everyone will be happy at Lil Frankie’s in the East Village, feasting on fire roasted eggplant, pizza, handmade pasta or wood roasted chicken.
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For a grown up night out, make a reservation at Casa Apicci in an elegant townhouse on West 9th. Don’t miss having a drink, either before or after dinner, in their “secret” bar upstairs—a candle lit, book lined nook that’s cozy and oh so cool. Babbo is a favorite, still an impossible reservation to get even after 19 years. The mint love letters may just be one of our desert island dishes, but everything at Mario Batali’s fine dining Italian shines. Gato, from celebrity chef Bobby Flay, is fun with a group, graze on excellent tapas before moving on to the larger dishes including a standout mushroom and kale paella. Make your reservation in advance at tiny Estela, considered one of NY’s best restaurants for the inventive small plate menu from chef Ignacio Mattos. Over in Union Square, ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina remain steadfast New York favorites, both located in ABC Carpet and Home, go early and get some shopping in before dinner. The newest addition ABCv is strictly vegetarian, but that doesn’t mean it sacrifices flavor, we’ve had great meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner with our omnivore spouses. Over in the West Village one of our favorite NY spots is Via Carota, with a no reservation policy, we suggest you go early or expect a wait for small plate Italian inspired fare from Chef Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, of nearby I Sodi and Buvette fame.
Late Night Snack: Joe’s Pizza on Carmine Street is a Greenwich Village institution; you can get your “Vitamin P” fix till 4 am. Looking for something sweet, join the crowds at Big Gay Ice Cream for Sundaes and Cones or Oddfellows for ice cream sandwiches. Many say Mamoun’s serves the best falafel in NYC, with two locations near NYU, one on colorful St. Marks Street and one on Macdougal you can try and see for yourself. The Macdougal location is open until 5 a.m., just in case you decide to enjoy everything the “city that never sleeps” offers.
See Students: Washington Square Park serves as NYU’s unofficial “quad,” with students sharing this historic landmark with street performers, chess players, and local New Yorkers. On a beautiful day, the fountains are flowing, and students are lounging, sunbathing and studying on the lawn.
Local Attractions: Visiting NYU is unlike other college visits as the list is endless of things to do in NYC. One student states: “Hmm, there are so many things, I don’t know where to start. Some of my favorite things to do are to go on a run along the East River Park, visit the New Museum for Contemporary Art on the Bowery or the new Whitney in Meatpacking, and go for a bike ride along the Hudson River Greenway on the West Side! “ Check our Daytripper365 Homegrown NY for guided itineraries around New York City.
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