World famous New York University is one of the largest private universities in the U.S. with over 40,000 students. University buildings are scattered throughout the city, but the main campus of the school is 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.
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. South of the campus check in to The Mercer Hotel, in the heart of Soho. Heading a few blocks east are three choices: The Standard, East Village 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 popular student go to. Heading towards Union Square, The Bean on Broadway and West 4th is another meeting place for students, many whose dorms are scattered between 12th and 14th Streets.
Breakfast: For popular student favorites 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, while the menu does features common diner fare try the borscht and pierogi’s. 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.
Lunch: We asked a few NYU students, and they said…”There are so many different and unique lunch options around NYU! Saigon Shack serves great Vietnamese food right near campus. Dos Toros or Five Tacos are two of my favorites for when I’m craving Mexican food, and Num Pang is an absolutely incredible Cambodian sandwich shop. Gaia Italian Cafe on Houston has the cheapest and most incredible panini’s that I have ever had! “ DT365 loves The Smile and Melvin’s Juice Box for healthy salads, 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 buzzing wine bar for pizzas, salads, antipasti and pastas.
Casual: Tiny Motorino ranks high on New Yorkers lists for the best brick oven pizza in the city, go with someone so you can share both the margarita and brussels sprout pies. David Chang started his empire at Momofuku Noodle Bar; get the spicy miso ramen with smoked chicken. If there’s too long a wait Rai Rai Ken, Ippudo, and Minca are other good options for ramen. Students rave about the Juicy Lucy Burger at Whitman's, Barbeque at Mighty Quinns and subs at the Meatball Shop. Rosie’s has excellent tacos, killer drinks and a buzzy atmosphere. For something more unique, book a grill table at Korean Do Hwa, and you can do the cooking. Sit outside at Italian Bar Pitti and watch the world, or at least the West Village, go by. Everyone will be happy at Lil Frankie’s feasting on fire roasted eggplant, pizza, handmade pastas or wood roasted chicken.
A Step Up: 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 cool. Just a few months old and a hard reservation to come by, book well in advance (or try for a walk in seat at the bar) at Loring Place from chef Dan Kluger of ABC Kitchen fame. The mint love letters at Babbo may just be one of our desert island dishes, but everything at Mario Batali’s fine dining Italian shines. This NY favorite is still an impossible reservation to get even after 19 years. Make sure to order the trout in a curry broth, one of the best dishes on their excellent menu. For a lively atmosphere and delicious Italian inspired food book a table at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria. Your lucky if you get a reservation at Estela, considered one of NY’s best restaurants for the inventive small plate menu from chef Ignacio Mattos. 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. Over in the West Village a new favorite is Via Carota, with a no reservation policy, we suggest you go early or expect a wait.
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 nice 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. As one student says: “Hmm there are so many things, I don’t really know where to start, but 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, get a cheap yet incredible massage (also cheap but incredible) dumplings from Chinatown, and go for a bike ride along the Hudson River Greenway on the West Side! “ Check our Daytripper365 Homegrown NY page for itineraries around New York City!
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NYU FAST FACTS
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+ NYU CHEAT SHEET +
Oren's Daily Roast
Russ & Daughters Cafe
Gaia Italian Cafe
Melvin's Juice Box
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Rai Rai Ken
Korean Do Hwa
Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria
Big Gay Ice Cream
+ LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
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