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NYC Guides, Village/West Village

Below, you will find restaurants/specialty shops that have been categorized by their respective cuisines.  I have only included venues where I have personally either dined-in or ordered-out.  

*For listings without links, please refer to Menupages or New York Magazine for further information.



Asian fusion

  • Spice Market: Unbelievably impressive atmosphere with fantastic cocktails~better to go here for drinks and skip the ho-hum food
  • Wong


  • Wallse  Austrian influenced fare served in a romantic, cozy & sexy environment~chef/owner is frequently visible and interacts with customers





  • Corner Bistro  Come during "off hours" for one of the city's best burgers served in a true "old New York" atmosphere~inexpensive, great bar scene, cash only




  • Cuba  Teeny tiny Cuban with amazing ropa vieja~order a pitcher of mojitos and sit back and enjoy the live music




  • Murray's Cheese  The city's most famous cheese shop with fantastic specialty items, cheese education courses and great take-away food~awesome catering department


  • Elephant & Castle
  • The Spotted Pig  Infamous gastropub serving one of the city's best burgers, in addition to eclectic plates such as beef tongue and pig's ear




  • Babbo  Mario Batali's foodie's Italian serving delicious meals in a beautiful atmosphere
  • Barbuto
  • Corsino  hands down, the city's best meatballs
  • Crispo  Casual Italian that's a favorite among locals~rustic & warm atmosphere with a great outdoor space
  • Da Andrea
  • Dell'Anima
  • Extra Virgin
  • Gaetana's
  • Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
  • L'Artusi
  • La Lanterna Caffe  Cheese plates, panini's & great pizza best enjoyed on the uber romantic back patio~decent wine list
  • Malatesta Trattoria  Traditional and rustic Italian trattoria serving hearty fare including homemade pastas and daily specials~cash only
  • Morandi  Charming West Village Italian; great brunch
  • Otto  Mario Batali's casual Italian with wonderful cheeses, vegetables, pizzas, pastas, and quite possibly the best gelato in town
  • Palma
  • Piccolo Angolo  Northern Italian (a.k.a. red-sauce Italian) served in casual and charmingly cramped quarters~great garlic bread, decent pastas & the city's best osso bucco
  • Ristorante Rafele
  • Vapiano



Latin fusion



  • Agave  Tex-Mex cuisine served in an atmosphere reminiscent of Santa Fe~gorgeous space that transports one to the Southwest~appetizers win over entrees~the margaritas here are the best in town
  • Diablo Royale
  • Dos Caminos
  • El Cantinero  If it's cheese enchiladas you're craving, look no farther than this Mexican restaurant which serves up some of the city's best~if it's fantastic service, strong margaritas and serenity you're craving, look elsewhere
  • Florencia 13
  • La Camelia
  • Mercadito Grove
  • Ofrenda
  • Tortilla Flats



  • Grey Dog Coffee  Soups, salads, sandwiches & indulgent treats perfect for a quick bite~best sandwiches in the city made on homemade bread
  • 'wichcraft  Sandwiches, soups & salads served in a casual order-at-the-counter environment~The Lunch Belle recommends the eggplant salad, Grilled Cheddar sandwich, BBQ Flank Steak sandwich & the peanut butter cream wich's

Small plates

Spanish / tapas




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