Whether you want to line your stomach before hitting the bars in West Village (or soak up the damage afterwards) or grab an inexpensive bite while checking out the best shops in West Village, there are plenty of cheap eats in the neighborhood, from Corner Bistro’s lauded no-frills burgers to some of the city’s best burritos.
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The hookup was bound to happen eventually: Beloved baker Amy Scherber has set up shop downtown right near Murray’s Cheese. It’s a dynamic duo if there ever was one. Scherber will offer her famous loaves—including that addictive raisin semolina—along with a full spread of breakfast pastries; grilled sandwiches, salads and soups for the lunch crowd, plus giant cookies and old-fashioned layer cakes. It’s open until midnight on weekends for a late-night sugar fix.
Brothers Leo and Oliver Kremer bring their Food & Drink Award–winning take on Cal-Mex grub to the West Village with this spin-off of their East Side taqueria. You'll find the same short menu of simple bites made with primo ingredients, like local, antibiotic-free chicken and Cayuga Pure Organics pinto beans. Plug your protein of choice (carnitas, pollo asado, carne asada, or rice and beans) into a taco, quesadilla, "platos"or the joint's crown jewel: an overstuffed San Francisco–style burrito oozing pico de gallo. Kicking back with a Negro Modelo, Tecate or glass of sangria should be easier here: This location, outfitted with reclaimed-wood walls and a pressed-tin ceiling, is larger and will have outdoor seating.
This cupcake shop also sells savory cakes and sandwiches.
Falafel doesn’t usually come in different flavors—unless it’s made by an Israel-born chef who’s worked under Bobby Flay. At her falafel and smoothie bar, Taïm, Ludo chef Einat Admony seasons chickpea batter three ways: traditional (with parsley and cilantro), sweet (with roasted red pepper) and spicy (with Tunisian spices and garlic). She pairs the terrific falafel with tasty salads like marinated beets, spicy Moroccan carrot salad or baba ghanoush, and three dipping sauces. The smoothies are exotic too—date-lime-banana, pineapple–coconut milk and a refreshing cantaloupe-ginger—and can be made with whole, skim or soy milk.