Greenwich Village Restaurants
33 Carmine St., Greenwich Village
Nami Nori get the takeout experience right. Each handroll is wrapped carefully for maximum crispiness when you finally dive in at home. (The website even has a how-to-unwrap-your-temaki animation.) And it’s affordable. Temaki runs $6 or $7 a roll, while a signature meal will set you back $28 (the spicy sea bass is incredible, as is the thoughtful vegan set). This is definitely the spot to indulge in a few apps—the clam and miso soup, crispy calamari, and Japanese potato salad are all stellar.
232 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village
232 Bleecker isn’t married to any particular cuisine. Instead, the menu is a mashup of all the flavors and dishes that taste just as good at home. The pork meatball sandwich, squash hummus with crunchy veggies, and chopped kale salad are easy, portable winners for lunch. When it comes to dinner, shrimp tempura, gnocchi with smoked ricotta, and a glass (or bottle to share) from the impressive list never disappoints.
64 W. 10th St., Greenwich Village
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup and delivery. Pan-Mediterranean food reinterpreted is one way of summing up Alta. To start, expect boquerones on caramelized tomato toast, crowd-pleasing bacon-wrapped dates, and fried goat cheese paired with fragrant lavender honey. Main dishes include a mix of the raw plates found on every menu, but listed alongside some more exciting options, like venison carpaccio and smoked sunchoke risotto with lemon and pecorino. The post-dinner drinks list is extensive—grappa, amari, Madeira, we could go on. The vibe is warm and inviting, with two fireplaces and all the burnt terra-cotta shades we associate with the Mediterranean woven into the décor. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.
Brodo Broth Shop
496 Hudson St., Greenwich Village
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup and delivery. Broth really is one of the great culinary elixirs—how can something so simple and pure be so incredibly flavorful and essential? While bone broth is nothing new—many cultures from the Japanese to the Irish have been consuming it for centuries—the best broth is simmered for a good eighteen hours to release the collagen, glutamine, and minerals from the bones. Brodo (Italian for broth) offers the full spectrum of broths from spicy to almost sweet—try chicken, beef, or vegetable-based (seaweed and mushroom) broth and then spike the soup with add-ins like roasted-garlic purée, chili, turmeric, pickles, even butter. We're especially partial to the Tom Yum (chicken, chili oil, lime, curry, and coconut milk) when feeling under the weather. For even the laziest home cooks, a pro-tip is to buy a jar, throw in some shredded chicken, and some vegetables for a hearty soup, or add a ladle or three to pasta or grains for a delicious and truly nourishing meal. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature…
372 Lafayette, Greenwich Village
In addition to his famous Mexico City restaurant, Pujol, Enrique Olvera is known for (finally) bringing good Mexican food to New York City, in the form of his much-acclaimed Cosme in Flatiron. Atla is his take on light, casual Mexican, with a menu of healthy-ish dishes like flax seed chilaquiles, café con leche with coconut milk, and an arctic-char-stuffed avocado. It's an airy place for breakfast or lunch with a friend, but it's also nice for drinks and snacks in the evening (try the Michelada or the Overproof Margarita).
89 Macdougal St., Greenwich Village
There's a pretty large group of people who contest that J.G. Melon has the best burgers in the city. They first set up shop on the corner of 3rd Avenue and 74th Street back in 1972, and it retains its original charm thanks to the persevering green-checked tablecloths and well-worn wooden bar. The newer Greenwich Village location is, of course, a popular haunt for NYU kids—just keep in mind that it's under different ownership than the original.
430 Lafayette St., Greenwich Village
Indochine's opening back in 1984 was actually a dinner in honor of Juilan Schnabel—and the entire art crowd showed up to celebrate. Blessedly, the place hasn't changed much since then; the wallpaper is iconic, and the Chilean sea bass has garnered a cult-like following. They know what they're doing, so you can trust them to handle private events of any size.
ZZ’s Clam Bar
169 Thompson St., Greenwich Village
COVID-19 update: Temporarily closed. This teensy 12-seat jewel box serves top-notch raw fish and small seafood plates best washed down with some pretty out-of-this-world cocktails by Thomas Waugh, of Death & Co fame. In other words, definitely sample a few cocktails, which come in playful presentations from a tea cup to a ceramic buddha with a straw through its belly. As in all restaurants by the Major Food Group, it's hard to get a reservation—same goes for their private room, which needs to be locked down well in advance.
31 Great Jones St., Greenwich Village
This is the sort of kid and group-friendly spot that every neighborhood needs. Helmed by chef Hillary Sterling, the focus is on hearty pizzas, pastas, and veggie-driven sides. No big surprise since these are the people behind Five Points (RIP), Cookshop, and Hundred Acres.
359 Sixth Ave., Greenwich Village
Chef Seamus Mullen does amazing things with Spanish cuisine at one of our favorite spots in the city. The focus here is on ingredients, which are fresh, exquisite and presented in ways that honor Spanish tradition while giving it all a fresh twist at the same time.