Best Restaurants in Greenwich Village

April 4, 2017
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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.
Carbone
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.”
Shuko
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 $135 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” , and the $38 greenmarket lunch “truly is a steal.”
Neta
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.”
Jane
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.
Nix
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 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.”