The Best Restaurants Near Washington Square Park

Where to eat near downtown's most beloved outdoor space
November 15, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Long one of downtown Manhattan's most beloved outdoor destinations, Washington Square Park is a tourist hub year-round, especially once the giant Christmas tree goes up during the holiday season. Here are the best places to eat nearby.

Minetta Tavern
French · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“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.”
OTTO Enoteca e Pizzera
Pizza · Greenwich Village · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.8 · Service 3.9

“Another winner” from the Batali-Bastianich team, this “reasonable” , “kid-friendly” Village enoteca/pizzeria delivers “excellent” pizzas and pastas matched with an “incredible” wine list; meanwhile, the “cavernous” space includes an “amazing” front bar, whose “vibrant scene” kicks up “lots of noise.”
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.”
Spanish · West Village · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.8

Inspired by cider houses in Northern Spain, this West Villager from chef Seamus Mullen is a “neighborhood standby” for “interesting” tapas, “delicious” paella and cured meats; the “cozy” , brick-walled space can host a “happening” scene, especially during its oyster happy hour.
Via Carota
Italian · West Village · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.3

Jody Williams (Buvette) and Rita Sodi (I Sodi) put out “distinctive” , “dream” -worthy dishes (including “super-creative” vegetables) at this West Village Italian, where the rustic setting will transport you “miles from the city” ; “excellent” cocktails add to the “magic” – just “go early” as it’s often “packed” and doesn’t take reservations.
Cafe · West Village · $$

This West Village spot by Gabe and Gina Stulman (Joseph Leonard, Fedora) is a cafe by day, serving pastries and other breakfast items, as well as a wine bar pairing glasses with Mediterranean-accented small plates (and a few large dishes) for lunch and dinner. Leather couches, rugs, coffee tables and other homey furnishings lend a leisurely touch.
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.
Chomp Chomp
Singaporean · West Village · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.8

Offering a “classy” riff on Singaporean street food, this “friendly” West Villager from Simpson Wong (of erstwhile Café Asean) turns out “solid” dishes with some “surprising” flavors; service can be “spotty” and the “small” , space can be “tightly packed” , but it works for a “quick, inexpensive meal.”