East Village Kids Neighborhood Guide

East VillageOnce NYC's gritty epicenter of counterculture and underground art, the East Village has undergone a drastic transformation over the past few decades. But you can still find traces of the area's past hidden amongst upscale boutiques and bars, and NYU dorms. Veteran restaurants like Veselka and Veniero's dish out delicious old-world eats, Theater for the New City and La MaMa mount avant-garde performances (including a few for families), community gardens blossom with flowers and entertainment, and eye-catching street art like graffiti murals and mosaics abound. Plus there are newer attractions worth checking out like robot shop Tinkersphere, kid-friendly pool hall Amsterdam Billiards and Davey's artisanal ice cream parlor. Whether you're hitting the commercial St. Mark's Place strip or wandering the colorful streets of Alphabet City, our guide to the East Village has the scoop on the best places to eat, play, shop and experience with kids. Enjoy getting to know this storied neighborhood with your family.