This West Village New American serves affordable fare in a warm and charming space, but if you want in, you have to find it first (expect to see equally confused patrons on the corner). Diners have to go around the corner on Morton Street and look for an unmarked steel door that will lead them into a courtyard - if you write down the address and try to enter on Hudson Street, you'll just find a door that doesn't open. Once you're inside the courtyard, the restaurant is up a small set of metal stairs - the best place to chill out is at the chef's counter, which takes up the left side of the cozy room. Though reservations are recommended for this popular haunt, we've been able to score a seat at the bar pretty much every time we've decided to stop by.
The Details: 447 Hudson St.; 212-989-3255