Restaurants in Greenwich Village: Where to eat in the Village

Discover the best restaurants and cafés in Greenwich Village in New York City, including critics' picks and affordable options.

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Bar Pitti

  • Price band: 1/4

While appetizers of creamy burrata cheese and antipasto of cured Italian meats are tasty and refreshingly simple, less effort is put into entrées. Seafood could use more seasoning, and breading for veal the Milanese is little more than dry bread crumbs. Even the special veal meatballs could use a kick. Guests relish the ambience of this comfortable, classy tangerine-colored dining room, however, and it is not uncommon to see a celebrity or two at a neighboring table. Stick to the panini and wine list and you can’t go wrong.

  1. 268 Sixth Ave, between Bleecker and W Houston Sts, 10014
  2. Average main course: $14.95. Cash only
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Artichoke Basille's

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This ultra-popular slice joint has some serious competition in the West Village—a hood saturated with pizza both excellent (Keste) and iconic (John's). The simple shop, with stool seating and no tables, offers the same brief menu as the East Village original: Come late-night to gorge on Margherita, Sicilian and the creamy artichoke-and-spinach pies, along with cups of Budweiser to wash it down.

  1. 111 MacDougal St, between Bleecker St and Minetta Ln, 10012
  2. Average pizza slice: $4. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Sullivan Bistro

  • Price band: 1/4

Formerly Sullivan Diner, this eatery serves diner fare with a European flair (think Dutch crepes). The space is filled with plush magenta banquettes, and for the most part the food doesn’t tread any foreign territory—you’ll find matzo-ball soup, mac and cheese. But it’s all good, and prices are ridiculously low for the neighborhood. The best meal is breakfast, served all day.

  1. 169 Sullivan St, at W Houston St
  2. Average main course: $12. Cash only
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Mamoun’s Falafel

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

It’s 4am, and you have three dollars and the munchies. Take heart: Mamoun’s Falafel is there for you, day or night. Serving quality Middle Eastern food since 1971, the place charges an extra 50 cents for to-go orders (which seems like a premium on top of a $2 order), so it’s an even better deal to show up late at night, when you might get a seat. The tabouli sandwich is tasty, but it will give you dry-mouth (if you don’t already have it), so pair it with lentil soup or order it as a platter (which includes veggies, dressing and pita). The falafel is served in a pita with lettuce, tomato and tahini, and you’d be well advised to add hummus or baba ganoush. Sweet pastries such as baklava and knafe—shredded phyllo dough with pistachios—leave you satisfied and ready for bed.

  1. 119 MacDougal St, between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts, 10012
  2. Average falafel: $2. Cash only.
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Cuba

  • Price band: 1/4

Cuba lives up to its namesake with exuberant salsa, charming waiters and a guy rolling cigars in the window on weekends. David Martinez, former chef at Havana’s celebrated Hotel Nacional, has created a menu that’s full-on tropical: snapper en guayabera de platano (“a Cuban shirt of crusty plantains”) and halibut al estilo Hemingway. On a warm summer evening, with people and music spilling out through the sidewalk greenery, the place is transporting.

  1. 222 Thompson St, between Bleecker and W 4th St
  2. Average main course $15. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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FPB

  • Price band: 1/4

Pastry pro François Payard makes his first foray into the downtown restaurant scene with this casual bakery and café. The menu includes sandwiches made with the chef’s signature breads, simple salads and, of course, pastries. A glass wall lets customers watch as bakers prepare items like croissants, beignets and seasonal fruit tarts in the spacious open kitchen; stay and eat in the airy, industrial dining room, or grab items to go.

  1. 116 W Houston St, between Sullivan and Thompson Sts
  2. Average menu item: $7. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Tea Spot

  • Price band: 1/4

This cozy Greenwich Village café has exposed-brick walls and an assortment of comfy chairs, where you can relax while you sip a selection of loose-leaf teas and inventive "tea lattes." Pair your cuppa with a snack from the extensive menu of sandwiches and pastries. Takeout is also available, although if you stay you can take advantage of free Wi-Fi.

  1. 127 MacDougal St, between 3rd and 4th Sts
  2. Average cup of tea: $4. AmEx, MC, V
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The Bean

  • Price band: 1/4

Freelancers can hole up at this 25-seat Greenwich Village coffeeshop, an outpost of a popular East Village java joint. The cafe offers free Wi-Fi and morning-to-evening sustenance, including Ceci-Cela pastries, sandwiches and Red Mango frozen yogurt.

  1. 824 Broadway, at 12th St, 10003
  2. Average coffee: $2. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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OatMeals

  • Price band: 1/4

Oatmeal is the focus of this ten-seat café, where vintage canisters and crates line the walls. Top a bowl of the hot cereal with your choice of fresh fruit, nuts and sauces, or opt for a ready-made combo, such as the Canadian (bacon, sharp cheddar and roasted apple) or the cheesecake (fresh blackberries, candied lemon and mascarpone). Croissants, cookies and scones starring the whole grain are also on offer, as are sandwiches built on house-baked oatmeal bread.

  1. 120 W 3rd St, between MacDougal St and Sixth Ave, 10012
  2. Average oatmeal: $5. DC, Disc, MC, V
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Argo Tea

  • Price band: 1/4

The fourth and largest location of the tea spot serves hot and iced drinks, plus panini and pastries.

  1. 75 University Pl, at 11th St
  2. Average tea: $4. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Sacred Chow

  • Price band: 1/4

This small, quiet vegan café and bistro offers most of its seitan, tofu and vegetable dishes as small plates—a good idea, as there are many options. There’s wholesome sunflower- and lentil-pâté on crostini; a shiitake mushroom salad with toasted sunflower seeds has a pleasantly chewy texture. If you’re willing to commit to a full-size entrée, the soy-meatball sub is a satisfying choice, slathered in a savory tomato-onion sauce and topped with melted vegan cheese. Organic wines and draft beers can be paired with all dishes.

  1. 227 Sullivan St, between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts, 10014
  2. Average main course: $9. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Sticky's Finger Joint

  • Price band: 1/4

This 12-seat chicken-finger spot uses all-natural, locally sourced poultry. Get yours baked, fried or grilled with one of 18 dipping sauces, including barbecue, honey mustard, wasabi aioli and marinara.

  1. 31 W 8th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10011
  2. Average main course: $8. Disc, MC, V
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La Lanterna di Vittorio

  • Price band: 1/4

Woo your darling by the fire or under the stars at a romantic village spot that has been helping to smooth the course of true love for 28 years. Owner Vittorio Antonini says his restaurant’s 200-year-old garden was once owned by Aaron Burr; its history may appeal to some, but the real draws are the wind rustling through the dense green canopy of apple and cherry trees and the worn walls strung with ivy. (In wintertime, four fireplaces will spark your courting.) Choose a bottle from the extensive wine list to go with light café eats like panini, crostini, smoked duck breast with salad or one of 15 types of thin-crust pizza.

  1. 129 MacDougal St, between 3rd and 4th Sts, 10012-10
  2. Average individual pizza: $9. AmEx, DC, Disc,...
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Arturo’s Pizzeria

  • Price band: 1/4

Since 1957, generations of guys have been pulling old-school pies from the coal-fired ovens at Arturo’s. The decor is homey and the tables, covered in red-checkered tablecloths, are almost always jammed.

  1. 106 W Houston St , at Thompson St, 10012
  2. Large plain pizza: $14. AmEx, DC, MC, V
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Cafetasia

  • Price band: 1/4

It sounds like an NYU student’s dream come true: a sleek eatery on 8th Street serving dishes for less than $10. Aptly named by combining the words cafeteria and Asia, this restaurant is filled with long, wooden communal tables and hundreds of candles—and serves a dizzying array of Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Malaysian dishes and Asian-inspired cocktails. As a neighborhood addition, Cafetasia is far more enticing than dorm food: “Crying tiger” sushi (tender slices of grilled flank steak laid over balls of chewy, multicolored sticky rice) beats mystery meat any day.

  1. 38 E 8th St, between Greene St and University Pl
  2. Average main course: $9. AmEx, MC, V
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Crumbs Bakeshop

  • Price band: 1/4

The ubiquitous city cupcakerie boasts larger-than-average cupcakes in over 50 varieties, from the classic (devil's food) to the more offbeat (green tea).

  1. 37 E 8th St, between University Pl and Broadway, 10003
  2. Average cupcake: $3.75. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Bar 6

  • Price band: 1/4

Settle in under the expansive skylight and ceiling fans at this breezy French afternoon of a place and watch the staff make it all look easy. The frisée salad balances the bitter crunch of frisée with the sweet, saltiness of lardons, while the steak frites au poivre offers absolutely faultless frites. And a pitch-perfect croque-madame, made with Canadian ham, Gruyère and two fried eggs, promises pure embarrassment for other grilled-cheese concoctions. The easiness of the place is infectious, so just embrace your champagne and relax.

  1. 502 Sixth Ave, between 12th and 13th Sts, 10014
  2. Average main course: $15. Prix fixe: $19.50....
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Galanga

  • Price band: 1/4

Chopsticks? Broccoli in the curry? These are red flags to purists—but it would be a mistake to write off sleek little Galanga. Ambient drum bass and menu oddities like lychee fried rice, merely veil the real deal. Tell your server that you want spice, and there’ll be no pandering. The seafood salad of mussels, shrimp and squid is dressed with just the right amount of sugar and lime, a perfect foil for the slow, creeping heat. Curries, too, are appropriately rich with coconut milk and properly topped with the shredded wild-lime leaves that are all too often omitted in Thai restaurants.

  1. 149 W 4th St, between Sixth Ave and MacDougal St, 10012
  2. Average main course: $10. Cash only
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Gene’s

  • Price band: 1/4

Since opening its doors in 1919, Gene’s has remained comfortingly unchanged. White linen tablecloths, waiters in red tuxedo jackets and the ancient oak bar maintain an atmosphere that Meyer Lansky might have loved. Generous portions of pasta in zesty sauces, well-prepared chicken piccata, and fresh lobster and catch-of-the-day specials keep the old-time Village crowd happy. Service is brusque in a familial way; expect a reprimand if you don’t clean your plate before ordering the rice pudding.

  1. 73 W 11th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10011
  2. Average main course: $15. AmEx, DC, MC, V.
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Joe’s

  • Price band: 1/4

Considering that coffee is the lifeblood of New York, and that New Yorkers tend to demand the best of everything, you’d think that street-cart sludge would be a drink of the past. Soon enough: Coffee devotee Jonathan Rubenstein, who has been turning us on to top-notch espresso drinks at his West Village shop Joe, has doubled his efforts with a second location. Expect the same robust roasts and attention to detail that won Joe your vote for best coffee in 2004’s TONY Eat Out Awards. Fans of the original spot will be happy to hear there’s a bit more room here, plus cupcakes by Amy Sedaris and free classes like Espresso 101.

  1. 9 E 13th St, between Fifth Ave and University Pl
  2. Coffee: $2. Cash only
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