West Village

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Armory Show and New Brunches on this Weekend's To-Do List

    Need a reprieve from an intense week? Or maybe you just need to get out more? This weekend's line-up includes plenty of art, music, endless drinks, and food, of course, too.

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Where to Brunch This Weekend: Harry's Italian Pizza Bar, Elephant & Castle, LI.C. Market, Broadway Comedy Club

    Need to get away for a few hours? No matter what the changing season brings, take solace in the fact great brunch places are there when you need them. Here's a round up of a few retreats we've scouted out for some temporary relief.

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Annisa Chef Anita Lo Considers Her Legacy: "What's the Story of Me As a Chef?"

    Anita Lo had a stellar restaurant upbringing -- she worked under David Bouley, Guy Savoy, Michel Rostang, and David Waltuck at Chanterelle before she took a turn running the burners at Mirezi. But in 2000, she was craving creative control, and so she and her then-partner Jennifer Scism decided to st ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 11, 2013


    Celebrate seven years of Trouble & Bass

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Five Spots to Celebrate the Royal Baby

    We'd like to pretend we're too cool to care about the new member of Britain's royal family, but did we click on the news alert that announced the Duchess of Cambridge had popped out a baby boy? Yes, yes we did, and we'll keep one eye on news on this subject, too, until the tiny prince has a name. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Empellón Taqueria's Skirt Steak Tacos, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    Later this year, we'll pen our Best of NYC issue, our annual love letter to what's great in this town. When that paper hits the streets, you'll find our picks for the very best this city has to offer when it comes to dozens of cuisines, restaurants, dishes, and drinks. Until then, you can get a tast ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 15, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Sietsema on Cole's Greenwich Village; Rao on Alder

    This week Robert Sietsema reviewed Cole's Greenwich Village, a West Village restaurant in a building "shaped like a wedge of brie," while Tejal Rao took a crack at Alder, Wylie Dufresne's new spot in the East Village. Sietsema begins with a history lesson:

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    The Unusual Japanese Cooking of Chez Sardine

    Maki Tempura -- a deep fried, nori-wrapped roll filled with shrimp and avocado -- is one of Chez Sardine's unusual izakaya offerings. Chez Sardine is the fifth link in the Little Wisco chain, radiating outward from the statue of General Sheridan in the West Village's Sheridan Square. The place pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Say Goodbye to The Bourgeois Pig and Veranda

    Veranda hasn't had the best luck with state politics. After being fined $200,000 for underpaying employees last year, and losing its liquor license, the West Village has closed its doors. The restaurant/ lounge was issued violations from the Department of Buildings for illegally running a nightclub. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Crab Spot Opens in Park Slope; Fairway in Kips Bay

    Crab Spot in Park Slope opened this week and is serving seafood pots and surf and turf. According to their Twitter, the grand opening special is Maryland Blue Crabs. Free drink with your entree, they promise. 33 Union St.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2012

    Bread: New Breakfast and Brunch Spot in the West Village

    This nicely turned out (and relatively inexpensive at $7) breakfast is Dish #10 in our countdown. Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team.

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    A Ham and Cheese Sandwich to Have with Champagne

    Dish #12 is pretty luxurious for a ham and cheese Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team.

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Ladies, the Wine Industry is Courting You!

    Considering women now buy more than half the wine that ends up on the American table, a few companies have devised marketing tricks to stand out. I submit the following: Exhibit A The wine purse. No, there aren't pockets for your cell phone, mirror and gloss. That might make the packaging useful as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    5 Best West Village Wine Bars

    In theory, I should love wine bars -- I drink a lot of wine, and I often trade evenings in my dinky, NYC apartment for nights out. But I often cringe when I hear the term, since every restaurant proprietor takes poetic license to call their beverages a "wine list" and their establishment a "wine bar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Say Hello To More 16 Handles, Ristorante Rafele

    16 Handles Frozen Yogurt is expanding across Manhattan with four additional stores. Already opened: Chelsea at 178 8th between 19th and 20th streets. Slated to open late August: Murray Hill at 428 Third Avenue between 29th and 30th streets. October opening: SoHo at 240 Lafayette between Spring and P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    The Demise of the 'Drunken Negro Face' Cookie: Lafayette French Pastry Seized by Marshals

    Some time in the last few days, the red Marshal's Notice appeared in the window of Lafayette French Pastry. West Village old-timer Lafayette French Pastry, 26 Greenwich Avenue, was seized by marshals pursuant to an eviction notice in the last few days, and the gates were up during what would have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Espresso To Stay, Surfboard To Go?

    Where do you intend to use that thing? Kips Bay? New York real estate makes for some mighty screwy bedfellows. No sooner had coffee-bar-turned-restaurant Doma been unceremoniously ejected from its West Village digs at the corner of Perry Street and Waverly Place than the brown paper went up in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Frozen Kefir (Frokefir?): New Summer Treat Busts Out

    The serving size known as "Skinny" and the frozen kefir flavor called "Classic" Kefir is a fermented milk beverage that was invented in the Caucasus Mountains between the Black and Caspian seas millennia ago. It was originally the soured camel's milk carried in leather saddle bags, which often gen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2012

    Perry-phernalia Block Party: Best & Worst Finds

    WORST: A seemingly homemade clock featuring a chocolate donut, Hershey bar, and three semi-wrapped kisses. [click to enlarge] Every year, the West Village's Perry Street Block Association throws an open-air block party, which is more of a down-at-the-heels flea market that a peddler of tube socks ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 4, 2012


    Run through 'Little Bohemia'

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Offered Without Comment

    Handbag store, Bleecker Street, West Village, Sunday, 8:45pm

  • Dining

    November 30, 2011

    Mas (la grillade): The Will to Grill

    Galen Zamarra plays with fire in the West Village

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Former West Village Restaurant Properties Being Converted to Retail Stores

    ​Once a pie shop and cafe Routinely, monthly round-ups of restaurant openings and closings show twice as many openings as closings, as we mentioned in our recent pessimistic assessment of the challenges facing restaurateurs today. We're apparently in a huge hospitality bubble, wherein any p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Mark Strausman 'In' at Hotel Griffou; Micah Phillips 'Out' at Atera

    ​Hotel Griffou already has a replacement for David Santos, who left recently, citing creating differences with management. Mark Strausman, of Fred's at Barneys New York, is reportedly taking over. [Grub Street] Atera, the soon-to-open new incarnation of Compose, has lost its pastry chef. Mica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    New York City to Get Vibrator Trucks

    ​Food trucks are soooo passé. You can barely walk down the street without hitting one with your fancy new handbag! Since we as a city do not sit and stagnate (unless it's today) but instead ebb and flow like the sewage-filled tides, there is a new entry in the truck camp. There are vibrator t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Pharrell Williams Peddles Qream Liqueur; Cupcake Vodka Wins Best in Show

    ​Aube, once an area that simply supplied grapes to the more important production regions in Champagne, is coming to be known for its own independent winemakers. [NY Times] Hip-hop artist Pharrell Williams is launching a new dessert liqueur with Diageo called Qream, which will target "women wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    New Yorkers Who Think They Have Found the Secret to Dating Have Actually Not

    ​Today the New York Post has the heart-warming story of single New Yorkers who have uncovered the secret to romantic happiness in the city. Confident that people who live in Brooklyn will never travel to the West Village, nor vice versa, these lovely representatives of healthy relationships ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Drunk Puppy-Buying Crackdown in the West Village

    ​Le Petite Puppy, that adorable Christopher Street store that you can't help gazing into the newspaper-shaving-coated puppy-housing windows of for hours and hours, and maybe even going inside even though you have no intention of buying a puppy nor do you believe in pet stores, really, has issu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Our 10 Best Places to Eat in NYC on Gay Pride Weekend

    ​Stucco-covered Julius' may be the city's very first gaystropub. Why is the weather always hot as hell during Pride Weekend? Your best refuge -- before, during, or after the march -- is in a well-air-conditioned restaurant for a meal or snack (with a frozen cocktail or two, if you prefer). ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Places to Eat in NYC on Gay Pride Weekend

    ​Hmmm, Bone Lick B-B-Q -- the name and location are right, but will it score high on the other criteria? This being the week of Fork in the Road's Big Gay Food Blog, there was really no other choice for Our 10 Best than ferreting out the optimum places near the parade march route to eat brunc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    The City's Strangest Pizza? The 900 Degrees at 900 Degrees

    ​Guess what's on it! (Click on image to enlarge.) 900 Degrees is the city's latest newfangled pizza parlor, descended from Tony's Pizza Napolitana, one of the first establishments to bring Neapolitan-style pies to San Francisco two years ago. Now you can taste that ur-pie and a couple dozen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Monument Lane's Fluke Fingers and Fish Bellies Ain't No Gordon's Fish Sticks

    Lauren ShockeyHave some fish on Friday, or every day!​Monument Lane (103 Greenwich Avenue, 212-255-0155), the relatively new West Village restaurant that took over the old Day-O digs, has been quietly establishing itself as a spot for tasty, slightly upscaled comfort foods. And a recent visit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Crab Boil, Colorado Pop-Up and Spanish Wines

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Crab Boil Back Forty Tuesday, June 14th, 7 p.m. Peter Hoffman's East Village spot Back Forty will kick off summer by throwing its first Crab Boil of the season. For ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Store Buyout: Artists Purchase Every Single Thing at Hercules Fancy Grocery in West Village

    The Fusion Arts Museum on Manhattan's Lower East Side has a new exhibit entitled "Store Buyout: The Art of Convenience," which started with artist Kyle MacDonald and his crew entering the West Village's Hercules Fancy Grocery with a briefcase full of cash. They inform the man behind the counter that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to Hospoda; Goodbye to Nicky's Pho

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Nicky's Pho in the East Village has closed just three months after it opened. Co-owner Billy Dang said there wasn't enough foot traffic. [Grub Street] Charlie Palmer's Métrazur restaurant in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: The Obie Awards 2011

    ​This week in the Voice, Michael Feingold muses on the current state of theater, cost-cutting and all. "The arts can find ways out of their straitened financial situation," he says, going on to talk about the folks in New York theater who help, and have helped, give it meaning. Related: Eric G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    West Village, Monday 10:15pm

    ​The White Horse on Hudson Street is one of the city's oldest bars, long associated with Dylan Thomas and other literary figures. The tables outside are incredibly uncomfortable. Monday is usually a slack night in the restaurant industry, which is why the timing of this perfect spring day -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Yes, It's Time for Spring Restaurant Previews

    riverdaze.blogspot.comCrocuses. Like restaurants, sort of.​Allegedly, spring is coming, and Time Out New York is celebrating this week with a preview of the "top restaurants and bars you need to know about" once it stops freezing. Among the rag's 11 choices are Danny Meyer's Untitled, the new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Drunk Guy Didn't Notice He'd Been Stabbed

    ​Certainly, we are bacchanalian sorts, at least, this half of Runnin' Scared is. And we've gotten into all sorts of scrapes while intoxicated that would have caused great pain had we been sober (Drunk Bike Accident of '09, you were a doozy). But this is a cautionary tale to EVEN US. Via the Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Lievito's Unique Northern Italian Pizzas

    ​The Wurstel is topped with German sausages that look and taste a lot like hot dogs. WTF? This week, Counter Culture examines Lievito, a new pizzeria in the West Village where the pies reflect Northern Italian flavor preferences. The handsome tiled oven produces a range of pies -- many with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Mercadito Cantina to Become an Event Space​East Village taqueria standby Mercadito Cantina (172 Avenue B, 212-388-1750) will be shuttering its doors at the end of the month and will turn into an event space. Per Mercadito's rep, the space will be utilized for "innovative cooking demonstrations by Chef Sandoval, be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Open & Closed: Say Hello (Again) to The Rum House; Goodbye to Cabo Rojo

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Chilean sandwich shop Barros Luco in Midtown has closed after a little more than a year in operation. [Grub Street] Galaxy Global Eatery, a restaurant specializing in hemp-based cuisine, has c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Crumbs to Go Public, Further Inflict Itself on Public

    Rebecca MarxCrumbs, dissected.​Not content to limit their detritus to the streets of the West Village, cupcakes, The New York Times reminds us today, are not going anywhere.

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: New Year's Eve in the City

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Boqueria Soho & Flatiron Welcome the new year with a nine-course tapas tasting menu. There are two seatings -- 6 and 9 p.m. -- priced at $65 and $95, respectively. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Where to Dine By the Fire; An Interview with Le Pain Quotidien Founder

    ​The CDC's Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases has found that one in six Americans gets sick, as opposed to one in four, which was previously reported. [WebMD] A 90-year-old Harlem man mugged after leaving a Key Food received $500 in cash and $500 in gift cards from t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Want to Dine like the Stars? Eat at these Restaurants

    zimbio.comFamous people get hungry too​ Because no trip to New York City is complete without a celebrity spotting, ABC News has compiled a list of places where the stars like to hang out and dine. You can be just like famous people! Except they won't have to endure long waits and reservatio ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 15, 2010

    Jeffrey's Grocery Serves Up Lamb Shank and Toilet Paper

    Gabriel Stulman offers you a seat at his high-end general store

  • Voice Choices

    November 17, 2010


    Free readings of 14 new plays

  • Dining

    February 3, 2004

    Mad Cow Strikes!

    French-kissing a duck tongue on West 13th, with a pizza chaser

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