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.

OTTO Enoteca e Pizzera
Pizza · Greenwich Village · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

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.
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.
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.