One of the most popular streets in the village, it was named after the Bleecker family, because the road ran straight through their family farm in the late 18th century. Today the chickens and horses have been replaced by perfume shops and shoe stores and pastry shops.
Amy’s Bread (#250) A fantastic bakery with a small cafe serving sandwiches and noshes. The black olive twists are to die for.
Diptyque (#377) is the first U.S. foray for this French parfumer. Check out the variety of eaux de toilette, candles, colognes and body-care products.
John’s of Bleecker Street (#278) has been dishing out yummy, brick oven pizza since 1929. On the website it’s recommended by none other than Jack Black (Tenacious D!). Black says that the pizza is so good, “I get it plain.” High praise, indeed.
Rocco’s Pastry Shop and Espresso Cafe (#243) Cannoli’s, my friends. Cannolis. That is all.
(Word to the wise: You can skip Magnolia Bakery at #401, made famous by the ladies of Sex & the City. There’s a reason those ladies were so skinny–the cupcakes aren’t very good.)
Bleecker Street Records (#239): Yes, you can still buy vinyl, CDs and posters on Bleecker just like back in the day.
Murray’s Cheese (# 254): The best, best, best cheese shop in the city.
(Le) Poisson Rouge (#158) The new incarnation of the famed Village Gate features reasonably priced music of all genres. Classical, gospel, hip-hop, R&B, funk…everything from electronic to Americana to a string quartet.
Plus some fancy clothes:
Jimmy Choo (#407): Shoes!
Jack Spade (#409): Men’s store by Kate’s hubby.
Ralph Lauren has several outposts on Bleecker. RRL (#381) for jeans, boots and vests. Across the street, Rugby (#390) sells more traditional, preppy Lauren gear.
And that’s a little taste of Bleecker…