The Alphabet City neighborhood gets its name from its location in Lower Manhattan: it begins south with 1st Street and is bounded by 1st Avenue to the west. As a result, all street names have only letters in their names.
I like Alphabet City, which is located between the East Village and the East River. It is a residential area with many bars and smaller restaurants and therefore offers you a glimpse of “normal” New York.
There are no big and famous sights here, but you can go out and have a good time in Alphabet City. Which bars and restaurants in Alphabet City should be on your itinerary for New York City, I show you here in my best list. Have fun!
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My TOP 5 Things To Do in Alphabet City NYC
- Walk along the East River Promenade
- Relax in Tompkins Square Park
- Enjoy the view of the Williamsburg Bridge from John V. Lindsay East River Park
- Visit the Karma Gallery for Contemporary Art
- Eat the best fried chicken in NYC at the Bobwhite Counter
Is Alphabet City NYC dangerous?
No – once upon a time there were drug problems here around Tompkins Square Park, but now it’s more like the adjacent East Village.
Where is Alphabet City located?
Alphabet City is located at the eastern part of Lower Manhattan directly on the East River River.
How to Get to Alphabet City
- Subway: You can take the train to 1 Av, or the train to 2nd Ave.
- Hop on Hop Off Bus: Stop 7 of the downtown loop of BIG BUS or stop 14 of the downtown loop of Gray Line Sightseeing. Here you find more about Hop on Hop off in NYC.
My tip: the tickets for the buses are included in many of the New York City passes – which one is the best for you, you can see in my Pass Comparison for New York!
- By boat: Take the NYC Ferry, which arrives and departs from Stuyvesant Cove.
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The 11 Best Things To Do in Alphabet City NYC
Here are some more things that you can explore in Alphabet City if you have more time.
Best Guided Tours in Alphabet City
There are no special walking tours just for this neighborhood. Instead, there is a huge selection of walking tours in the adjacent East Village and Lower East Side, which is very similar to Alphabet City.
These are the most popular walking tours that we can recommend to you:
01 A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour
The A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour is a combination of sightseeing tour, bus and walking tour. It starts not far from Union Square Park in Manhattan: with your New York guide you drive to Brooklyn to get to know one of the most important neighborhoods like Sunset Park, DUMBO, Bay Ridge and also Coney Island.
On this sightseeing tour you will learn where movies like Goodfellas, Once Upon in America or Annie Hall were filmed and you will stop at two of the best pizzerias in Brooklyn. Because pizza and New York simply belong together!
02 NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour
The Lower East Side is still an absolute insider tip among the neighborhoods of New York City and a part of Lower Manhattan that I love to visit. There are countless authentic bars and delis, some of which have been family-owned for more than 100 years and are thus an important part of the community.
The NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour deals exactly with these small spots and stores and is therefore a TOP Thing to do for foodies!
03 East Village Haunted Manhattan Walking Tour
On this haunted walking tour you’ll explore one of the oldest neighborhoods in Manhattan: the East Village. And at night! There are 13 haunted locations on the list – from historic pubs to the Public Theater to a subway stop known for its “ghost train”.
If guided tours interest you, be sure to check out the Best Walking Tours NYC!
Best Restaurants in Alphabet City NYC
Looking for more recommendations? We’ve got you covered! Here you find the Best Restaurants in Alphabet City NYC.
Best Bars in Alphabet City NYC
And these are my personal recommendations when it comes to bars in Alphabet City – you will love it!
Looking for more recommendations? We’ve got you covered! Here you find the Best Bars in Alphabet City NYC.
Hotels in Alphabet City
Staying in the Alphabet City has many advantages. You’ll always be surrounded by some of the best atmosphere, bars, restaurants, and cafes in NYC. If you decide to stay in the neighborhood please check out these amazing hotels:
Recommended article: The Best Hotels in Alphabet City NYC.
Alphabet City is right next to some of the most popular neighborhoods and definitely worth a visit. Read about each the neighborhoods right next to Alphabet City.
Neighborhoods that are Similar
If you enjoyed Alphabet City, then here are neighborhoods that have a similar feel: