New York Area Guide
Metropolitan College of New York's main downtown campus is
walking distance to hundreds of New York City hotspots. Whether
you want to explore some of the cities most venerable neighborhoods,
browse through art museums and galleries, or eat in a different
restaurant every night, you don't have to walk far. We've
scouted the area and listed some of our recommendations for
cheap eats and leisure activities. Of course, we invite you
to send us your own picks so we can add them to the list.
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A little about the neighborhoods surrounding
the downtown campus:
Boasting over 200 galleries and restaurants, this trendy art
community lined with cast- iron buildings and converted warehouse
lofts extends south of Houston and north of Canal Streets.
From shops to street vendors to movie sets, SoHo is a unique
spot to people watch, stroll, grab a coffee and croissant
and take in some of the most creative energy of New York City.
A notch below Canal is TRIBECA, noted for its restaurants,
crooked streets, lofty open spaces and a host of film and
television production companies.
Nestled between Worth and Hester streets, East and West Broadway
(Canal Street is a good place to begin your tour), is Chinatown
- also home to North America's largest Asian population. Whether
you want to fill your stomach with Chinese gastronomy or shop
for fresh fish, herbs, silk robes and knockoff handbags, this
is the place to go. Everything is in Chinese from the bank
signs to the McDonalds menu, so you'll get a truly authentic
If you continue your walk north of Chinatown, you'll notice
a language change somewhere around Mulberrry Street. All of
a sudden it's as if you've been taken out of one country and
landed in another. Everything from the language, the bakeries,
the restaurants, the colors, -- even the signs are in Italian.
While the Italian population is no longer as plentiful as
it once was, the area still exudes a rich aroma and flavor
of Italy. Plenty of festivals (Don't miss the San Gennero
festival held every September) and street fairs bring in the
tourists, but locals still stick around to join in on the
Lower East Side
Once home to the waves of Eastern and Western European immigrants
at the turn of the century, the Lower East Side of New York
(East of Lafayette and South of Houston) still captures the
flavor of ethnic diversity preserving their own unique cultures.
Bustling with street vendors and fabric shops, you can get
an authentic immigrant experience by visiting the Tenement
House Museum, located on 90 Orchard Street. Be sure to stop
by Gus' pickles afterwards. A quick bite at Katz's deli (yes,
it's where they shot the famous scene in When Harry Met Sally)
is sure to make your experience even more memorable.
Area Museums and Entertainment
Museum for African Art
(between Houston and Prince Streets)
New Museum of Contemporary Art
583 Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets in SoHo)
New York, NY 10012
The Alternative Museum
594 Broadway (SoHo)
Guggenheim Museum SoHo
4575 Broadway (at Prince Street)
The Screening Room (Films and eatery)
54 Varick Street
New York, New York 10013-2114
The Angelika Film Center (Independent Films)
18 W Houston Street
The Knitting Factory (Films and Concerts)
74 Leonard St
Film Forum (Films)
209 W Houston St
Food and Dining
Some recommended neighborhood eats that won't break the bank:
(listed in alphabetical order)
17 Prince St. (Elizabeth St.) (212) 625-2001
Appetizing Cuban-Mexican fare that's become quite the SoHo
1 E. Broadway (bet. Catherine & Oliver Sts.) (212) 577-2922
Always reliable, always cheap, Chinatown chow. Just don't
expect too much in the way of décor.
Great NY Noodle Town
281/2 Bowery (Bayard St.) (212) 349-0923
Late night hours make this Chinese noodle house a great option
for helping you pull an all-nighter.
80 W. Broadway (Warren St.) (212) 267-6740
Comfort food galore served up heartily at great prices.
110 Liberty St. (Church St.) (212) 962-1370
A reputable chain of Thai favorites.
Little Italy Pizza
182A Varick St. (bet. Charlton & King Sts.) (212) 366-5566
Cheap and tasty pizza in a no frills crowded shop - a great
place to grab a slice for lunch.
SoHo - Little Italy
32 Spring St. (bet. Mott & Mulberry Sts.) (212) 941-7994
Some herald this to be the best pizza in Manhattan - why not
see for yourself?
157 Mott St. (bet. Broome & Grand Sts.) (212) 966-3797
3 Pike St. (bet. Canal & Division Sts.) (212) 233-3947
Famous for its plentiful bowls of noodle soups, this Vietnamese
chain serves it up fast and inexpensive.
317 Greenwich St. 212-226-9400.
Enthusiasts not only love the delectable Indian food, but
come to enjoy the live Sitar music every weekend as well.
33-35 Mott St. (Canal St.) (212) 406-6988
For those who want a vegetarian Chinatown experience, this
is the place to go!
110 Liberty St. (Church St.) (212) 962-1370
A favorite downtown tavern with tasty pub fare that won't
leave you in the poor house.
*Close enough to go between classes*
walk one block north on Varick and you'll see the burgundy
sign on your right. Cheap and tasty diner fare.
375 Canal Street. Stop in for some delicious falafel and
other Mediterranean treats.