Let’s Dough the Village: The west village has always been a cool place to visit but it has just gotten cooler. Dō a whimsical café that mixes up ice cream and safe-to-eat raw cookie dough just received it’s kosher certification last week and is now under the supervision of Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman. Although the line fluctuates from 5 minutes to 35 minutes long it is worth the wait. We waited on line across the street (no joke – the line is across the street to avoid blocking other store fronts) for 25 minutes and used the time catch up and talk. The shop itself is set up like an ice cream parlor with lots of charm. There are 16 flavors to choose from along with 2 vegan/ pareve options. I got confetti dough with vanilla ice cream but would defiantly go back to try other flavors. It is important to note that the serving sizes are large and one scoop would have been sufficient, however, I got 3 scoops which meant I had more than enough to bring some home and bake in the oven.
Just two doors down from Dō is the Center for Architecture that is open to the public free of charge. The exhibit is small but interesting. The most fascinating part is that you can watch a class in action from a balcony above. In an honest opinion unless you have a prior interest in architecture this is not a must see place.
Three blocks north is Washington Square park, a vibrant center to the village with many places to sit. If you’re on a day date, I recommend finding a place near the fountain so you can cool off in the mist. We had the good fortune of sitting near a group of brass musicians.
Other ideas of places in the Village:
The Chess Forum on Thompson Street: a chess parlor where you can pick up a game of chess for $5 an hour. The parlor also offers other board games like Backgammon, Checkers,Dominoes, Go, Chinese Chess, Chinese Checkers, Mahjong, Cribbage, Mancala, Poker and Playing Cards. This place is quieter and nicer than the more popular Uncommons game café across the street.
Stray Boots Scavenger Hunt: This super cool App (available on iphone and android) will transform Greenwich Village into a super fun hunt filled with challenges, trivia and photos. You’ll be able to experience the neighborhood like never before, at your own pace, taking as many breaks as you like. While I have used this app before, I have never done the hunt in this exact location.