There are over 25,000 food establishments in New York City, with hundreds of them located in the lively neighborhood of Greenwich Village. Here is a list of great restaurants to help you narrow down your choices.
It’s likely during your visit you will want to spend some time in this part of town. What’s great about the Village is that you can find cuisine for every type of eater – from fussy kids to carb-lovers, gluten-haters, haute cuisine to food trucks. But the choices can be overwhelming. To save you some time, we’ve compiled a list by category of restaurants to meet your needs and palates.
N.Y. Dosas 50 Washington Square South at Sullivan St. Follow your nose and the trail smells of fragrant Indian spices at the south end of Washington Square Park and you will find this vegan food cart that has been serving inexpensive street food way before food trucks became the trend. Try the vegan drumsticks, masala dosa with coconut chutney. $
Maoz 59 E. 8th St. at Mercer St. One of a chain of middle eastern fast-food found all over the city. Free toppings from their mini-salad bar to top off your falafel sandwich, Fast, tasty and cheap. A winning combo! $
Red Bamboo 140 W. 4th St. bet. 6th Ave & MacDougal St. Cozy, peaceful Sit-down restaurant that will win over those who are afraid of vegan food. It also satisfies any ‘meat’ cravings any non-meat eaters have. The Buffalo Wings appetizer alone will have you fooled. $$
Sacred Chow 227 Sullivan St. at W. 3rd St. Vegan, vegetarian and it happens to be kosher. Not-to-be-missed dishes: root vegetable ‘latkes’, Sunflower Lentil Pate and gluten-free Triple Chocolate Brownie. Nice ambience and creative food. $$
byChloe 185 Bleecker St bet. Sullivan St & Mac Dougal St. Their famous Guac Burger lives up to the hype. Other standouts are the quinoa taco, Air baked sweet potato fries with either chipotle aioli or beet ketchup. Note: it can be crowded with a wait for food and tables. But it’s worth it. $$
Sticky Finger Joint 31 W.8th St. bet. 5th Ave & Mac Dougal St.
The name says it all. Finger food focused on chicken with high quality ingredients and dishes that kids will love, like the Bada Bing, chicken wrapped around a mozzarella stick, the General Tso’s chicken with delectable sauce and sides like truffle fries for the foodie in everyone. Fun colorful environment. $$
Bareburger 535 Laguardia Place bet. Bleecker & 3rd Sts. A kid-menu, milk shakes and even Boomerang channel on the TVs will make the young ones happy. For grown-ups, be daring and try an ostrich burger. Or stick with tried and true chicken fingers. Side portions are huge and good to share. $$
Cowgirl 519 Hudson St. bet. 10th & Charles Sts. This rodeo-themed restaurant is a feast for kids eyes and stomachs. Frito Pie, sort of like nachos but with Fritos instead is served in a Fritos bag. There’s a kids menu and adults will enjoy the frozen margaritas served in mason jars with old-school tiki umbrellas and plastic figurines hanging off the rim of the glass. $$
Bleecker Street Pizza 69 7th Avenue at Bleecker St. Food Network has called this “The Best Pizza slice in New York” for three years in a row. The Nonna Maria slice is simply sublime, with a thin, crispy crust, a savory sauce of crushed tomatoes, topped with fresh mozzarella cheese and garnished with slivers of fresh basil. Inside there are a few tables in the back and in good weather there is outdoor seating. $
Artichoke Pizza 111 MacDougal Street bet. Minetta Lane and Bleecker St. Try their signature slice – thick crusted, with a creamy white sauce mixed with bits of artichoke covered with plenty of mozzarella cheese. Slices are large, filling enough to be a meal unto itself. A few stools are at the counter, so be ready to stand or take your slices to go. $
Joe’s Pizza 7 Carmine St bet. 6th Avenue & Minetta Lane. The quintessential New York slice. A perfectly symphony red sauce and mozzarella cheese on a not-too-thin, not-too-thick crust. It can be crowded but there is a cute park right across the street with plenty of bench seating. $
John’s of Bleecker Street278 Bleecker Street bet. 6th & 7th Avenues. John’s has been open since 1929 and is a New York pizza legend. It’s perfect for groups since they don’t’ serve by the slice only by the pie. Come with a bunch of people and share a few pies, straight from their coal-oven. $$
Jane 100 W. Houston St. bet. Thompson St. & Broadway. The menu at this casual restaurant with a modern diner feel has enough choices that everyone in your group will find something to eat. There’s plenty of seating but you should make a reservation if you will be a very large group. Brunch is one of the most popular in Greenwich Village area. $$
Toloache 205 Thompson St. bet. 3rd & Bleecker Sts. Opened by Iron Chef Julian Medina, this comfy, chic restaurant has a flavorful Mexican menu with items perfect for sharing. The upstairs level is ideal for large groups. Sometimes you can find a Groupon or other online discount offer with big savings. $$
Tomoe Sushi 172 Thompson St bet. Houston & Bleecker Sts. Large portions of fresh fish, served up sushi or sashimi style in a very casual space focusing on food not pretense. There is often a line, but worth the wait. $$$
Blue Hill 75 Washington Place bet. Washington Square West and 6th Avenue. Located in a former speakeasy, this farm-fresh foo dynamo doesn’t serve a la cart, but their tasting menus change seasonally and daily. Creative, comfort food with impeccable service. Reservations a must and cellphones are a no-no. $$$$
Babbo 110 Waverly Place bet. Washington Square North and MacDougal St.
World-famous chef Mario Batali is responsible for such stellar dishes as Warm Lamb’s Tongue Vinaigrette with Brown Beech Mushrooms and a 3-Minute Egg or Whole Grilled Branzino with Radicchio in Pancetta and Lemon Oregano Jam. Reservations (and a big budget) a must. $$$$
Written by Courtney Shapiro