Passed by on a weeknight, and there were Hare Krishnas, street musicians, lots of strange clothes, and strange hair colors. The streets full of young people.
Clearly for all of them, it was their place to be seen. It was crazy noisy and
Lots of shopping and restaurants in 3 directions from Union Square
(not as much on the way uptown, but along 14th Street and going down
to NYU...Many restaurants have reasonable prices and cater to young people and students. Also Panera, ABP, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe are all a block away.