Best Greenwich Village restaurants
From tag-team chefs Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, Carbone is a Godfather hangout on steroids, more fantastical set piece than history-bound throwback. Under brass chandeliers, on navy walls, hangs brash modern art on old-school Italianate themes, curated, like the food here, by a downtown tastemaker. If the ambiance isn't reason enough, you're also in for an evening of great Italian classics and warm, attentive service.
In his first solo spot, chef Dan Kluger (formerly chef of ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina) maintains the same voice in everything leaving the kitchen that we've grown to love. Their lunch brunch and dinner services bring in troves of West Villagers, fighting for a table. On the menu you'll find bright and fresh dishes, featuring local vegetables from the market, while adding nostagic takes on classics.
A cool $135 prompts a parade of exceptionally made edomaezushi served in its purest form, each lightly lacquered with soy and nestled atop a slip of warm, loosely packed rice. Prepare yourself for an omakase extravangaza filled with luscious, marbled toro, sweet Spanish mackerel and other treasures of the sea.
For three decades Keith McNally’s New York restaurants have defined effortless cool, generating the sort of overnight buzz—and long-running exclusivity—institutions are made of. McNally’s Minetta Tavern, a West Village relic reborn, serves up food that is as much of a draw as the scene in which you eat it. Of course, you can't miss out on their burger: It's one of the best in the city.
More than a mere crusader for sustainability, Dan Barber is also one of the most talented cooks in town. He builds his oft-changing menu around whatever’s at its peak on his Westchester farm (home to a sibling restaurant). Once among the most sedate little restaurants in the Village, this cramped subterranean jewel box has become one of the most raucous.
A powerhouse trio—Rich Torrisi, Mario Carbone and Jeff "ZZ" Zalaznick—continues its neo-Italian-American hot streak (including Carbone and Parm) with a raw bar. The 12-seat spot highlights first-rate cocktails and crudo. At the marble bar, bartenders concoct eclectic drinks while diners explore raw fish in all forms, like East Coast oysters on the half-shell and composed crudos.
This is the third (and best), oyster-heavy location of Danny Abrams and Cindy Smith popular New-England seafood eatery, the Mermaid Inn. While the name suggests a mostly uncooked menu, the bill of fare is balanced between the curated raw bar and plated dishes that salute seafood favorites. Wash it all down with a pint of one of their local tap beers.
Chaste, conscious and carne-free—such are the holistic hallmarks of vegetarian dining. And while you can depend on a meatless meal at Nix—the first fully veg-only restaurant from John Fraser, this isn't exactly a haven for all that is healthy. The veg dishes here are defined more by decadence than discipline, having no qualms about drenching any bulb, leaf or stalk in sight in dairy or fryer oil.
This 90-seat Greenwich Village pizzeria, co-owned by Rosario Procino and chef Pasquale Cozzolino, specializes in traditional Neapolitan pies and composed Italian dishes. Casual vibes and friendly service make for a great transition from an uncomplicated lunch to a fun and intimate dinner.
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.