Downtown Festival NYC: Where to Eat and Drink

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on October 01, 2014

New York City -- What began as a one-city celebration of a record label's 5th anniversary has transformed into a full-fledged festival touring 5 cities with curated lineups and multiple days in each. Downtown Festival has already stopped in Cleveland and Minneapolis and will take its New York City residence this October 3-4 before heading west to Los Angeles and Houston. 

DTNYC will see Kiesza, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Autre Ne Veut, Atlas Sound, Tobacco, Jungle, Vacationer, IAMSU!, Zebra Katz, Mas Ysa, Tink, Saint Pepsi, and Computer Magic in Webster Hall and Irving Plaza, located in the East Village and Union Square, respectively. Due to their close proximity to each other (we clock the walk at 7 minutes), we put together a little guide to the neighborhood so you can eat beforehand and continue the party afterwards without ever having to hail a cab, pay a surge charge for an Uber, or hop on a subway. 

... Speaking of subways, the closest stations to Webster Hall are the 3rd Avenue L, Astor Place 6, or the N,Q,R and 4,5 at Union Square. Irving Plaza is a block from said square, so your best bet is to take the L, N, Q, R, or the 4, 5, 6 to Union Square. Once off the subway from your point of origin, follow our recommendations below so you can spend the rest of your night in walking distance from the festival - we have everything from 24 hour cafés to $1 pizza stands and dive bars to swanky cocktail joints. 


Webster Hall

125 East 11th Street

Webster Hall is the largest nightclub in NYC, with 4 floors and 6 environments including a 1,500 capacity performance hall, a basement venue, and an adjoining Sports Bar.

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place

This 1,000+ cap venue is part of the Live Nation family of venues in NYC. Fans enjoy live music on the main floor, balcony, and separate viewing platform.


The Smith 
(55 3rd Avenue) An American brasserie with an upbeat atmosphere. In the day, The Smith is ideal for brunch and lunch with big groups. At night, The Smith is a go-to destination. Open Weekends til 1am.

Dos Toros (137 4th Avenue) A tiny taqueria where 'artisans' prepare your meal right in front of you. The menu is short and sweet, but do you really want anything other than a taco or burrito from a taqueria? Open til 11pm.

Han Dynasty (90 3rd Avenue) Han Dynasty may be part of a chain of restaurants, but that doesn't diminish the quality of this Chinese restaurant's Sichuan dishes. The menu is stacked with appetizers, entrées, and noodles with plenty of vegetarian options. Open til 11pm.

2 Bros Pizza (32 St. Marks Place) There's no meal more native to a New Yorker than a $1 slice of pizza. Grab a slice, fold it in half, then continue on to your next party destination. Open at least til 3am.

Mamoun's (22 St. Marks Place) St. Marks is the land of late-night, cheap eats and Mamoun's Falafel Restaurant is no exception. Step down into this tiny eatery for a $3.50 falafel sandwich at 3am. Open til 5am.

The Coffee Shop (154 Ludlow Street) An all-night eatery on Union Square where you can order from 5 lengthy yet distinct menus - breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night, dessert, and brunch. Open 23 Hours.


Black & White 
(86 East 10th Street) A darkly lit bar that draws a hip crowd below street level. Its proximity to Webster Hall makes it a frequent after party choice for many of the venue's performers and DJs. Open til 4am.

Kingston Hall (149 2nd Avenue) Located above the frat-filled 13th Step, this Jamaican-themed bar features a pool table, balcony, and fruity drinks served in coconuts. The Jamaican theme is apparent, but the bar is far from garish. Open til 4am.

Dear Irving (55 Irving Place) A swanky cocktail parlor where reservations are encouraged. Along with your expertly-crafted drink, take note of the parlor's 'time travel' theme, each room is designed after a different era. Open til 3am.

SideBAR (120 East 15th Street) Located directly next to Irving Plaza, SideBAR is more a choice of convenience than anything else. Expect a sports bar with lounge décor and craft cocktails. Open til 3am.

The Winslow (243 East 14th Street) A British-style public house and eatery with a seasonal food menu, 20 different old/ new world and British beers on tap, and unique cocktails with a heavy gin focus. Open til 2am.

Grassroots Tavern (20 St. Marks Place) An unassuming, East Village staple where you can enjoy a game of darts over cheap pitchers of their draft beers. Bring $1 bills to make use of the stacked juke box.  Open til 4am.

For more area hotspots, including places to shop and explore in addition to more eat and party options, head to our Downtown NYC Google Map. If you haven't bought your festival ticket yet, it's not too late. Tickets can be bought per day or for the festival as a whole.

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See Also:

Downtown Festival Announces Dates in 5 Cities for 2014
NYC Fall Festival Forecast
Look Ahead: October 2014 Music Festivals