Best Restaurants in Greenwich Village

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants in Greenwich Village.

Gotham Bar and Grill
New American · Greenwich Village · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.7

“Longevity tells it all” at this circa-1984 Village “treasure” where Alfred Portale’s “picture-perfect” New American plates plus “savvy service” and a “gothamy” setting add up to “superior dining with no corners cut” ; longtime fans are “glad to pay the tariff” for an experience that “refuses to disappoint” , and the $38 greenmarket lunch “truly is a steal.”
Blue Hill
American · Greenwich Village · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.7

A true “farm-to-table pioneer” , Dan Barber’s Village American “does a magnificent job” producing “unbelievably fresh and flavorful” American fare with “thoroughly satisfying” seasonal “integrity” ; set in a “lovely, calm” room run by an “especially caring” staff, it “isn’t cheap” but the performance is “worth repeat visits.”
Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca
Italian · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

“Still a bastion of fine Italian dining” , this Village “star” in the Batali-Bastianich firmament continues to “impress” with “phenomenal” pastas and other “exceptional” dishes delivered by a “polished” team in “warm” (if “boisterous” ) carriage house digs; yes, it’s “a pain to get a table” and tabs run “high” , but to most the “always-spot-on” experience is “well worth it.”
Lupa Osteria Romana
Italian · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

“They’re still doing it right” at Mario Batali’s “unpretentious” Village trattoria, an “all-time favorite” for “superior” Roman dishes, “terrific” Italian vinos and service that “never slacks” “at fairly reasonable prices” to boot; but even those who “love the warmth” warn it’s a “squeeze” with molto “bustle and noise.”
Japanese · Greenwich Village · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

This “tiny” , “special-occasion” Village Japanese limits itself to “phenomenal omakase” , providing either “top-tier” sushi or traditional kaiseki spreads at a “transporting” bar that takes diners “straight to Tokyo” ; options starting at $135 mean “it ain’t cheap” , but the payoff is a real “wow experience.”
Il Mulino New York
Italian · Greenwich Village · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

“As good as ever” , these “old-school” Italians “don’t miss” , offering “overabundant portions” , “loads of freebies” and all-around “luscious” fare; servers must “perform a ballet” to get around the “cramped” Village “landmark” (UES is roomier), and though it’s “memorable” for sure, your wallet may “hurt afterwards.”
Tomoe Sushi
Sushi · Greenwich Village · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 2.9 · Service 3.7

There’s “often a line” to get into this longtime Village Japanese touted for its “massive slabs” of “mouthwatering” sushi; “tiny” , “nothing-fancy” digs aside, they “do not skip on the quality.”
Japanese · Greenwich Village · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

“Exceptional” sushi and “innovative” small plates figure at this “intimate” Village Japanese standout, known for its “exquisite” omakase; the “minimalist” surrounds keep the focus on the “magic” at the sushi bar, and “solicitous” service enhances the “rewarding experience” – for which unsurprisingly you’ll spend “a lot.”