This cryptic facade on Sixth Avenue refuses to identify itself to the passing rabble. What restaurant is it?
Such a profusion of restaurants and small cafes the West Village offers! Though the opportunities for budget dining have dwindled the last few years, as pirates like Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren have gobbled up storefronts, and lunatic landlords have left restaurant spaces empty hoping for stratospheric rents, the smorgasbord is still formidable on all fronts. And if you’ve got a pocket full of cash to spend, there’s no limit to the gastronomic delights you can experience.
Mascot of Carmine Street’s Cabrito, this pink goat is the second to fill that position–after the first was swiped!
As in the East Village, Japanese is a strong point, and two places in our top ten (one in our top 5) peddle it. Don’t fear, there are a couple of extreme bargain spots in the top 10, and the Italian food that once dominated the entire nabe is still an important option, constituting a half-dozen spots if you include runners-up, which we do. Indeed, many of the runners-up might have been in the top 10 if we’d been in a different mood during the selection process, or perhaps just eaten there more recently.
But first we should define the neighborhood. For the purposes of this article, the West Village extends from Sixth Avenue to the Hudson River, and from 14th Street down to Houston Street. We’ve omitted the Meat Packing District, which will likely be fodder for a future 10 Best (or maybe, 5 Best), and wine bars like Gottino–though they’re worthy, we consider their first priority dispensing wine instead of food.
As usual, please tell us about the places we’ve overlooked, and we’ll add them to the Readers’ Suggestions list.
Next: Runners-up to Our 10 Best West Village Restaurants
Quinto Quarto (“The Fifth Quarter”) is only one of several excellent restaurants on Bedford Street.
Little Owl (American), 90 Bedford Street, 212-741-4695; Perry Street (French), 176 Perry Street, 212-352-1900; Surya (Indian), 302 Bleecker Street, 212-807-7770; Quinto Quarto (Italian), 14 Bedford Street, 212-675-9080; Joseph Leonard (American), 170 Waverly Place, 646-429-8383; Le Bonbonniere (Diner), 83 Eighth Avenue, 212-741-9266; Corsino (Italian), 637 Hudson Street, 212-242-3093; I Sodi (Italian), 105 Christopher Street, 212-414-5774; Wallse (Austrian), 344 West 11th Street, 212-352-2300; Pepe Verde (Italian), 559 Hudson Street, 212-255-2221; Cowgirl Hall of Fame (American), 519 Hudson Street, 212-633-1133; Cabrito (Mexican), 50 Carmine Street, 212-929-5050; Rockmeisha (Japanese), 11 Barrow Street, 212- 675-7775; Tartine (French), 253 West 11th Street, 212-229-2611
Next: Numbers 10 through 6
John’s is one of the city’s orginal coal oven pizza parlors and that’s the dome of Our Lady of Pompeii in the background–two monuments to Naples.
Numbers 6 through 10
10. August (Wood Oven European), 359 Bleecker Street, 212-929-4774
9. Soto (Sushi), 357 Sixth Avenue, 212-414-3088
8. [tie] Mary’s Fish Camp (seafood), 64 Charles Street, 646-486-2185; Pearl Oyster Bar (seafood), 18 Cornelia Street, 212-691-8211
7. John’s Pizzeria, 278 Bleecker Street, 212-243-1680
6. Spotted Pig (Italian/English), 314 West 11th Street, 212-620-0393
Next: The 5 best
Sushi is only one of several Japanese specialties at En Japanese Brasserie: sea urchin roll (top), yellowtail and scallion roll (bottom)
Numbers 1 through 5
5. ‘ino (Italian), 21 Bedford Street, 212-989-5769
4. Malatesta (Italian), 649 Washington Street, 212-741-1207
3. Fatty Crab (Malaysian), 643 Hudson Street, 212-352-3590
2. 10 Downing (American), 10 Downing Street, 212-255-0300
1. En Japanese Brasserie (Japanese), 435 Hudson Street, 212-647-9196
Next: Readers’ suggestions
The decor of Kingswood might be described as Goth Farmhouse.
Piccolo Angolo (Italian), 621 Hudson Street, 646-763-8379
Hakata Tonton (Japanese), 61 Grove Street, 212-242-3699
Moustache (Middle Eastern, Iraqi), 90 Bedford Street, 212-229-2220
Taim (Middle Eastern, Israeli), 222 Waverly Place, 212-691-1287