Easily one of the loveliest neighborhoods in New York City, the West Village features brownstones dating back to the 1840s to the 1880s. It boasts reclaimed industrial and port architecture-turned-lofts, galleries, and coffee shops. Nearly two centuries ago, the West Village was a remote farming village that was a refuge for city dwellers running from cholera. Now, it’s home to some of the best restaurants – here are seven.
64 Charles St.
Mary’s Fish Camp is a Florida-themed fish restaurant that serves up chowders, fried-fish sandwiches, lobster rolls, haystack friends, and a fresh-sardine banh mi. You’re immediately transported out of the bustling New York City to a seaside oasis. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick live just across the street.
519 Hudson St.
For a little bit of Texas in New York City, try the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Founded in 1989, this bar and restaurant is known for their hospitable service, extensive southern décor of country-western singers, and even a small toy store. Their menu features items like quesadillas, burgers, Po’ boys, salads, and even Frito Pie.
39 Grove St.
Looking for some German food in the Big Apple? Check out Lederhosen in the West Village. This authentic bierhaus serves authentic German food and beer – such as Kostritzer Schwarzbier and Warsteiner. Lederhosen refers to “a pair of leather pants that constitutes the male uniform of Oktoberfest.” Their food menu features items like hot pretzels, wursts, and wienerschnitzels. Lederhosen even boasts and indoor beer garden.
775 Washington St.
From California chef Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto is a neighborhood favorite and occupies the ground floor of a photo studio. Named after Waxman’s dog, the restaurant features menu items like roast chicken, risotto, hanger steak, and more.
34 8th Ave.
Named after the city vessels (Amphorae) that were used to store and transport wine in ancient Rome and Greece, Anfora is a favorite quirky wine bar among West Village dwellers. They also feature an extensive beer selection, full liquor bar as well as a food menu with bar snacks, sandwiches, salads, and cheese. They have seating at the bar, tables, and other nooks.
469 Avenue of the Americas
While the original Japanese name of the chain “lekei Ramen” – named after a blend of fatty pork-based tonkotsu broth and chicken and soy-based shoyu ramen – the U.S locations are named E.A.K. Ramen in an attempt to make it easier to pronounce. E.A.K’s style ramen is cleaner and less dense than tonkotsu but isn’t as thin as a Tokyo-style broth. It’s a favorite stop for West Villagers to scoop up some ramen.
314 W 11 St.
The first restaurant in America from British chef April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig is a cozy, two-floor spot adorned with potted plants. The dinner menu features bar snacks along with plates and entrees like burgers, skirt steak, and seared mackerel. The Spotted Pig also boasts an extensive wine list, beer, and cocktails.
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