Published on December 9, 2015

13 West Village Spots We're in Love With

An iconic Manhattan neighborhood with picture-perfect cobblestone streets, the West Village is one of the most charming, historic parts of New York City. This tree-lined pocket of Manhattan is a beloved destination for both visitors and locals alike. Here are 13 West Village spots that’ll keep you well fed for those strolls around the lovely blocks:

13 WEST VILLAGE SPOTS WE LOVE

1. EMPELLÓN TAQUERIA

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At Empellón Taqueria, Chef/Owner Alex Stupak dishes out innovative tacos and creative drinks. This West Village Mexican eatery also serves up unique margaritas, along with beer and wine options, and a brunch menu rounds out the selections. The chic, understated and white brick-walled dining room boasts artful decor and a long, sleek bar.

2. DELL'ANIMA

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A Joe Campanale restaurant, dell'anima dishes out upscale, rustic Italian cuisine. The intimate spot features a chef’s counter where you can watch the house-made pastas being prepared in a relaxed, lively setting. An excellent wine list, including plentiful selections by the glass, is available.

3. L'ARTUSI

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From restaurateur Joe Campanale, L’Artusi is an Italian hot spot serving delectable small plates and homemade pastas alongside an impressive wine list. The hip, date-worthy spot features a stunning steel open kitchen, dim lighting and a beautiful wine room for private events.

4. BAR BOLONAT

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Tucked away in a corner of the West Village, Bar Bolonat dishes out modern Israeli-Middle Eastern fare on a seasonally inspired menu, with creative cocktails and sangrias to match. Sharing is encouraged with small plates and main dishes that showcase the bold flavors and locally harvested ingredients favored by Chef Einat Admony.

5. RECETTE

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Recette — which translates to “recipe” in French — is an intimate New American restaurant that marries traditional and progressive techniques in dishes with fresh ingredients for maximum flavor.  A seasonal, approachable menu of whimsical snacks and small plates, as well as sophisticated tasting options are available, while the wine list includes a selection of biodynamic and organic options, along with international bottles.

6. FLEX MUSSELS, 13TH STREET

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The West Village outpost of Flex Mussels serves up the restaurant’s signature, globally inspired seafood, along with their famous desserts. Husband and wife team Bobby and Laura Shapiro, along with daughter Alexandra, opened the downtown location in September 2010. The understated and simple interior makes the laid-back space perfect for enjoying the classic coastal fare.

7. HIGH STREET ON HUDSON

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From co-owners Chef Eli Kulp and Ellen Yin, High Street on Hudson is a spinoff of the award-winning Philadelphia hot spot and serves a locally focused variation of the original American menu. Modern light fixtures and a stunning open kitchen create an urban vibe, but it’s the map of Manhattan — an abstract mural of The Big Apple on the dining room wall — that makes guests feel at right home.

8. PAGANI

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Pagani is a casual and elegant Italian restaurant with a menu featuring fresh and seasonal appetizers, homemade pastas and hearty entrees. The beverage program offers affordable high-quality wines, signature cocktails and a selection of craft beers. The cozy, elegant interior suits every occasion — from a romantic dinner for two to a lively outing with friends.

9. PERRY ST

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Jean-Georges Vongerichten brings relaxed elegance and top-notch creativity to the West Village with Perry St. Housed inside architect Richard Meier’s modernist tower, the restaurant offers contemporary American dishes and breathtaking views of the Hudson River. Chef Cedric Vongerichten leads the execution of a menu inspired by French, American and Asian flavors and textures. A sophisticated bar program features inventive cocktails.

10. PIORA

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Piora, which means “to blossom” in Korean, is the product of a culinary collaboration between proprietor Simon Kim and Chef Christopher Cipollone that pays homage to their Korean and Italian heritages. French and American bottles and glasses off of the extensive 300-label wine list pair well with the creative New American dishes. Nestled on elegant Hudson Street, Piora’s intimate, romantic dining room — featuring leather tables and unpolished marble — overlooks a serene private garden.

11. CAFE CLOVER

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Cafe Clover serves a vegetable-forward menu including delectable, health-conscious American dishes to pair with seasonal cocktails. The restaurant’s chic setting with vintage mirrors, antique lighting and soft blue accents create a lively, inviting atmosphere.

12. DITCH PLAINS

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Ditch Plains is a chic yet casual New York-style oyster bar and seafood shack. The restaurant features American classics — including simple salads, sandwiches and burgers — that honor Chef/Owner Marc Murphy’s love of Montauk. An aquatically inspired dining room evokes an oceanside eatery, with assorted wines, cocktails and beers on offer for lunch, dinner and a popular weekend brunch.

13. EL TORO BLANCO

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With Chef Josh Capon at the helm, lively El Toro Blanco delivers refined Mexican cuisine, made-to-order guacamole and plenty of tequilas. The restaurant’s orange and red accented decor, soft lighting and high, wood ceilings contribute to its lively, chic atmosphere. Inventive cocktails, wines and beers round out the menu

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