Greenwich Village is known for its charming tree-lined streets and eclectic mix of residents. Here are five Greenwich Village restaurants that locals love, from intimate spots to world-renowned culinary destinations.
5 Greenwich Village Restaurants Locals Love
Blue Hill From renowned chef and James Beard Award winner Dan Barber, Blue Hill epitomizes the farm-to-table concept, serving a prix fixe American menu utilizing locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The restaurant’s minimalistic decor — complete with chic red chairs, warm wood accents and exposed brick walls — allows the spectacular dishes to shine. An extensive list of wines and cocktails are available to pair with the ultra-fresh cuisine.
Dante is a restaurant and cocktail bar that’s been charming Greenwich Village-goers since it opened over 40 years ago. Inspired by global ingredients, this neighborhood favorite delivers authentic Italian dishes, coffees, drinks and desserts in an old-school, cafe-style space complete with checkered floors and vintage photos. Negroni lovers will enjoy a special section of the drink menu entirely devoted to variations on this classic Italian cocktail.
ZZ's Clam Bar
From the same family of restaurants as Carbone and Dirty French comes ZZ’s Clam Bar, an intimate raw seafood and craft cocktail bar. Located in Greenwich Village, the restaurant boasts a selection of inventive starters and globally inspired fare. Hidden behind an unpretentious exterior entrance, the elegant dining room features marble-topped tables and black-and-turquoise tile floors.
Gotham Bar and Grill
Located on a tree-lined Greenwich Village street, Gotham Bar and Grill bears the energy and feel of a Parisian brasserie in a distinctly downtown setting. The lively, approachable and award-winning restaurant boasts a seasonal New American menu created by Partner/Chef Alfred Portale, who is also credited with being one of the leaders of the national New American Cuisine movement. In addition to the legendary fare, a vast and varied wine cellar — complete with hard-to-get vintages and small production wines — makes Gotham Bar and Grill an unmissable wine destination.
The product of a collaboration between Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalanick, Carbone is a Greenwich Village Italian-American restaurant. Although the partners take inspiration from the Italian-American restaurants of mid-20th century New York, traditional and familiar Italian dishes are updated with more modern twists. The retro-glam space is reminiscent of a classic Italian restaurant, with patterned floors, unique art and vintage photographs.