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Bus Stop Café

Restaurants, American West Village
4 out of 5 stars
Photograph: Courtesy Bus Stop Cafe
Photograph: Courtesy Bus Stop Cafe

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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By name alone, Bus Stop Cafe evokes a no-frills neighborhood greasy spoon; a place that’s full of commuters hastily grabbing a quick bite that’s dependably just fine before hustling to catch a bus (or a train or a plane or a cab). That vignette does not capture the Parisian-bistro essence of Bus Stop Cafe, which likely gets its name from being located near a, you guessed it, bus stop in the heart of the West Village.

The hefty, wide-ranging menu—which includes an entire page of served-all-day breakfast options like warm banana-walnut pancakes ($12), a jalepeño-avocado omelette ($13.75) and a fully loaded bagel-and-lox sandwich ($13.75)—is where Bus Stop’s diner likeness starts and ends. The ample sidewalk seating hugs the perimeter of the quaint, dimly lit corner restaurant’s street-facing walls. The rustic wooden two-tops are each bedecked with a small vase and flower, and the waitstaff’s informed but not overbearing friendliness elicits the feeling of idling at a European bistro; it’s a perfect place to have an intimidate date, dine alone as you read or simple watch passersby while sipping a glass of vino ($9 to $10.75).

For dinner, appetizers run the gamut from savory beef nachos ($13.75) to a cocktail of fresh, succulent shrimp ($12.75 for four pieces), while homemade soups (4.75 to $5.75, or complimentary with an entrée) like chicken or French onion are simple and comforting. All regular-menu entrées, like a prime-cut sirloin steak with fresh vegetables and potatoes, and daily dinner specials, like salmon with sautéed spinach and sweet potato, are priced below $26. On a recent night, that salmon came cloaked in a Dijon sauce that enhanced its flavor without drowning it or weighing it down, leaving room for dessert in the form of standard cakes and pies ($6.95 per piece). 

So, sure, come to Bus Stop Cafe for pancakes and eggs at dinnertime, but come again for fresh seafood, soothing wine and incredible people-watching.


Address: 597 Hudson St
New York
Cross street: at Bethune St
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 14th St (Eighth Ave) or 1,2,3 to 14th & 7th Ave.
Price: Average entree: $18
Opening hours: Daily 6am-11pm
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