The West Village is one of the most iconic New York City neighborhoods, and with good reason. The winding, tree-lined streets, the charming townhouses, the eclectic crowds, and the storied history of the area all combine to create something magical. And that’s not to mention the food — many of the city’s best restaurants have flocked to the West Village for years, bringing outstanding food in a variety of cuisines.
Whether you’re craving pasta or sushi, you’re vegan, you need to impress a date, throw a birthday party, or you want a seat in the sunshine, the West Village has you covered. Here’s where to eat and drink for all sorts of occasions when the West Village is the ultimate destination, with links for booking a table now on OpenTable.
When you’re craving something specific
For Greek: Snack Taverna, a cozy brick-walled restaurant with Mediterranean classics.
For Mexican: Empellon Taqueria, an energetic spot for tacos and margaritas from acclaimed chef Alex Stupak.
For pizza: Brunetti Pizza, a Neapolitan pizzeria with a charming backyard.
For pasta: LArtusi, a buzzing destination for pasta and elegant Italian fare.
For Indian: Rahi, a modern Indian restaurant with critical acclaim.
For Brazilian: Casa, a homey dive into Brazilian food.
For Japanese: EN Japanese Brasserie, a refined stop for housemade tofu and seasonal Japanese fare.
For sushi: Kosaka, a Michelin-starred sushi bar with omakase.
For a steakhouse: Quality Eats, a modern steakhouse with updated sides like cacio e pepe orzo and corn crème brûlée.
For barbecue: Mighty Quinn’s, an American barbecue counter with beer.
For French: Bobo, a chic, sunny bistro with French classics.
For upscale American: The Loyal, a well-reviewed American restaurant with white tablecloths.
For casual American: Westville, a relaxed hangout for vegetables and seasonal American fare.
For Thai: Pinto Garden, a stylish stop for ambitious Thai fare with an especially pretty enclosed garden.
For vegan food: Delice & Sarrasin, a completely vegan French cafe with a focus on crepes.
When mealtime matters
For brunch: The Little Owl, a petite, bright corner restaurant with American brunch classics.
For breakfast: High Street on Hudson, a bagel and pastry destination with table service.
For lunch: Morandi, a homey Italian trattoria from legendary restaurateur Keith McNally.
When drinks are in order
For cocktails: Bell Book & Candle, a dimly lit subterannean restaurant with a cozy bar for classic cocktails.
For a wine bar: L’Accolade, a French import with all-natural wines and a generous happy hour.
For happy hour: Flex Mussels, a place for seafood with daily happy hour that includes $9 cocktails, $8 wine, $6 beer, and $1.50 oysters.
When you need to impress
For date night: The Waverly Inn, a throwback American establishment with romantic vibes from fireplaces, dim lighting, and an enclosed garden.
For a client dinner: The Beatrice Inn, a high-end steakhouse with luxurious meat.
For your parents: Boucherie, a cavernous brasserie that doesn’t get too loud and has an expansive menu.
For kid-friendly fare: The Meatball Shop, a casual stop for customizable meatballs, pasta, and sides.
When you’re celebrating
For a birthday party: Ofrenda, a raucous Mexican restaurant with guac, tacos, and margaritas by the pitcher.
For group dining: Jack’s Wife Freda, a Mediterranean restaurant with something for everyone, from sandwiches and salads to fish and meat entrees — and it doesn’t require sharing.
For outdoor seating: Olio e Piu, an ivy-covered Italian restaurant with expansive sidewalk seating on a corner with good people-watching.
For where to watch the game: Barrow Street Alehouse, a bi-level pub with many TVs and seats, a large beer list, and snackable food.