Best Restaurants in Greenwich Village

April 4, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Greenwich Village wins the prize for having the most NYU buildings of any New York neighborhood. Another thing you can find a lot of here: nice restaurants. Here are the best ones, along with few more casual spots, too.

Loring Place
American · Greenwich Village · $$$

Chef Dan Kluger, who previously led the charge of local, veggie-forward fare at ABC Kitchen, is behind this Greenwich Village American serving handmade pastas, wood-grilled dishes and pizzas made with house-milled flour and seasonal toppings. The setting has a serene feel with gray-stained oak, whitewashed brick walls and tables constructed from the 19th-century building’s original pine beams.
Dante NYC
Italian · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

A “revamp of a New York classic” , this update of a circa-1915 Greenwich Village cafe focuses on “sophisticated” Italian fare and “amazing” cocktails (including an entire Negroni menu); the original’s “old-school” charm has been updated with whitewashed brick walls and a restored tin ceiling.
Italian · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

“Amazing twists” on “old-school” Italian cooking (including “life-changing” rigatoni) make for a serious “feast” at this “clubby” Village “destination” , where the “classic” decor, “nattily dressed” servers and “throwback” soundtrack will take you back to “Little Italy of the ’50s” ; the bill might “set off the smoke alarm” (beware the specials), but reservations still remain “too hard to get.”
Casa Apicii
Italian · Greenwich Village · $$$

Inside a lofty Village townhouse, this Italian specializes in seasonal plates, pastas and fresh mozzarella, with tasting-menu options for both meat eaters and vegetarians. Starburst chandeliers, leather banquettes and sleek velvet chairs set the tone, while apéritifs encourage lingering at the marble bar.
Minetta Tavern
American · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Nostalgia trip” meets “trendiness” at Keith McNally’s “energetic” Village “standout” that revives a circa-1937 tavern with “vintage” knickknacks, “snappy” service and “excellent” French fare including a “mind-blowing” Black Label burger ( “holy cow!” ); the prospect of “famous” faces in the back room keeps it a “tough table” , despite digs “more crowded than the subway.”
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.”
Tokyo Record Bar
Sushi · Greenwich Village · $$$$

Downstairs from Air’s Champagne Parlor in the East Village, and run by the same team, this 16-seat izakaya offers a prix fixe Japanese menu (with a vegetarian option), leading into à la carte dining after 10:30 PM. There’s also sake, beer and cocktails, plus an all-vinyl playlist.
Babu Ji
Indian · Greenwich Village · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

“Full of excellent surprises” , this “hoppin’” Australian import in the Village features “transformative” modern takes on Indian staples – including an “incredible” tasting menu – chased with suds from the self-serve beer fridge; relocated to a new space, it’s a “popular” choice where frequent “waits” are the norm.
Blue Hill
American · Greenwich Village · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.6

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.”
Japanese · Greenwich Village · $$$$
Food 4.5 · 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 $155 mean “it ain’t cheap” , but the payoff is a real “wow experience.”
Il Mulino New York
Italian · Greenwich Village · $$$$
Food 4.5 · 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.”
Gotham Bar and Grill
American · Greenwich Village · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

“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.”
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.”
American · Greenwich Village · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

The “girl-next-door” of Village restaurants, this “reliable” American turns out “solid” cooking in “warm” surrounds watched over by a “low-key” staff; its “unassuming” vibe during the week changes completely during the “always packed” brunch – a “noisy” but “not-to-be-missed” affair.
Strip House
Steakhouse · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

“Sultry” , red-velvet decor provides the backdrop for “off-the-charts delicious” beef and “amazing” sides at these “sexy” steakhouses where “expertly mixed” cocktails help fuel an “animated crowd” ; you’ll need a “fat wallet” , but service is “attentive” , and it all makes for one “darn good” meal.
Vegan · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

Chef John Fraser (Dovetail, Narcissa) uses a “global palate of flavors and techniques” to craft “delicious, interesting” vegetarian cuisine at this “grown-up” Greenwich Villager; a “fresh” modern space and “conscientious” team boost the “class” factor – “too bad it's already an impossible reservation.”
Bar Pitti
Italian · Greenwich Village · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

Home to “many a celeb sighting” , this “jet-set” Village Italian is best known for its “excellent people-watching” from indoor/outdoor tables, even if the “easygoing” fare is pretty “delicious” as well; no reservations, no plastic, “no discernible decor” and “far-from-friendly” service don’t faze its “paparazzi” -ready patrons.
Lupa Osteria Romana
Italian · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

“They’re still doing it right” at this “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.”