The Best Restaurants Near Washington Square Park

Where to eat near downtown's most beloved outdoor space
November 15, 2017
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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
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.”
OTTO Enoteca e Pizzera
Pizza · Greenwich Village · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · 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 4.6 · 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.”
Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca
Italian · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

“Still a bastion of fine Italian dining” , this Village “star” 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 4.5 · 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.”
Via Carota
Italian · West Village · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · 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.
Fairfax
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 3.7

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.”