East Village

Nachos de Tomas at Professor Thom's Bar and Restaurant

Season three of True Blood is… well, about as bloody, gory, sexy and fang-tastic as it gets. For die-hard fans, missing a new episode on Sunday night bites (no pun intended). So if you’re just dying to catch the latest episode during your visit to New York City, swing by Professor Thom’s Bar & Restaurant on 2nd Avenue and 14th Street to watch for free. Read More »

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Believe it or not, there's free yoga to be had in NYC

For you yoga lovers, flowing through poses is an important weekly (if not more) ritual. But, when you’re caught in the whirlwind that is “vacation,” visiting your yoga mat can be tricky. Fortunately, if you’re visiting New York City we’ve got good news for you. In the heart of the East Village on St. Marks Place, Yoga to the People makes keeping up your yoga, while traveling, easy. The studio offers several free, hour-long classes daily where you can stop in, stretch out, and take off to continue your NYC trip. Stay at the Bowery Hotel near Yoga to the People in the East Village.

About the Classes:

Classes cater to all levels of yoga (beginning, intermediate and difficult). Whether this is your first yoga class, or you’ve been practicing for years, you’ll be challenged, encouraged and reminded to attend to your body and your breath because it’s your practice. With a free-spirited, non-competitive atmosphere, this studio epitomizes the relationship between flow and breath, between body and earth. Yoga to the People’s experienced teachers will offer you a series of flows that explore your limitations.

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New Yorkers enjoying brunch at Virage Mediterranean Bar & Grill in the East Village

New Yorkers enjoying brunch at Virage Mediterranean Bar & Grill in the East Village

Every New Yorker has their very favorite weekend brunch spot that they swear by and attend religiously. Here are three classic brunch experiences, convenient if you’re staying in Soho or the East Village.

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Cheddar scones, clotted cream, jam cookies and scones at the Podunk Tearoom

Cheddar scones, clotted cream and jam cookies at the Podunk Tearoom

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The mention of cafes in New York’s East Village likely brings to mind images of very serious thinkers downing very serious cups of java, but downtown’s coffee shops have lately been supplemented by a newer breed of over-caffeinated hotspots. The East Village, home to hip hotels like The Cooper Square and Thompson LES, is ground zero for New York’s trendy tea movement, and these are three of the most popular stops.

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Bouchon Bakery

Bouchon Bakery

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Already starting to crave those Thanksgiving flavors? There’s no need to wait until turkey day because three of New York’s best sweets shops have dreamed up inventive Thanksgiving-themed desserts to tide you over until the holidays.

Bouchon Bakery: Thomas Keller’s Columbus Circle patisserie is taking those normally discarded pumpkin seeds and turning them into a sweet pumpkin seed brittle, one of a slew of gourd-infused items currently on offer there, from pumpkin cookies to pumpkin brioche. 10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor. Stay just upstairs at the Mandarin Oriental. Read More »

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Crif Dogs

Crif Dogs

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Whether you live in New York or you’re just visiting, you’re surely familiar with the lure of the classic New York Hot Dog. And you’re probably also aware that there’s no longer any reason to limit your NYC hot dog intake to those slimy wieners sold from carts in Central Park – or even to the recession special at omnipresent chain Gray’s Papaya. The City has seen a huge boom in specialty hot dog purveyors in recent years, and while some of the trendy spots have gone belly up as quickly as they came, a few of the tastier ones have caught on big-time. Here are four of the best, all helpfully clustered downtown. Read More »

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