The soulful Italian plates served at Via Carota, the first joint effort from chef power couple Jody Williams and Rita Sodi—at once rustic, sophisticated and heart-swelling—proves simple food can be anything but basic. The glass-fronted Grove Street gastroteca (named after the Tuscan thoroughfare where Sodi once lived) is a chestnut’s throw from West Village charmers Buvette and I Sodi, where, respectively, Williams and Sodi took the reins as downtown’s doyennes of comfort food done excellently.
The bohemian roots of the West Village have long since branched into one of the buzziest, busiest Manhattan neighborhoods. The dining scene, though, maintains many of the nabe’s intimate charms—lean over a small table while dining outdoors or dish about last night’s date at a weekend brunch with friends. Currently, indoor dining requires proof of vaccination, so be sure to bring your vaccine card or download a vaccine passport app. Whether you’re stumbling out of a bar to grab some cheap eats or nabbing a reservation at one of the best Manhattan restaurants, the West Village restaurant scene has it all.
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