Best Restaurants in the West Village

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants in the West Village. 

Upholstery Store: Food and Wine
Seafood · West Village · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.8

There’s “nothing stuffy about” Kurt Gutenbrunner’s “wonderfully warm” West Village wine bar, where the “excellent” American bites, “stellar cocktails” and “well-chosen” vinos are hailed as “the perfect mix” ; a “super” staff and “relaxed” vibes round out “a rare find.”
Chinese · West Village · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

The Peking duck “soars” at this underground West Village Chinese beneath RedFarm, where the “succulent” specialty is the star of “awe-inspiring” prix fixes enhanced by “craveable” sides and “crafty cocktails” ; the “cramped space” has just a single “long” communal table, but there’s also a bar for à la carte eating.
Sushi Nakazawa
Sushi · West Village · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.7

The “ultimate showstopper” from “sushi master” Daisuke Nakazawa, this “extraordinary” West Village Japanese specializes in “breathtaking” omakase meals served like “a well-oiled machine” at the bar and in a “serene” dining room; scoring reservations remains a “difficult task” and the cost is “off the charts” , but an attached lounge should help on both fronts.
L' Artusi
Italian · West Village · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

“Incredible” pastas and other “creative” Italian dishes are “done with great care” at this “happening” West Village “standout” where the “polished” staffers also curate an “impeccable wine list” ; the “intimate” bi-level digs “bustle” with a “youngish crowd” , so “bring ear plugs” – and good luck getting a reservation.
Pearl Oyster Bar
Seafood · West Village · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.1

“Just get the lobster roll” say fans of this “nothing-fancy” West Village “landmark” and its “luscious” signature sandwich – though pretty much “everything’s delicious” on the classic New England seafood menu here; it doesn’t take rezzies, and the “cute” space can get “cramped” , so just “go early or expect to wait.”