Greenwich Village Restaurants
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.
47 E. 12th St., Greenwich Village
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup, delivery, and outdoor dining. We frequently dream of a slow, savor-every-minute dinner at Shuko, but the steep price tag relegated the experience to special occasions only. A COVID-era pivot from omakase to à la carte means Shuko’s incredible hand rolls and sushi sets, to be eaten outdoors or taken to go, are more accessible price-wise yet still every bit as impressive. 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.
170 Thompson St., Greenwich Village
Lupa is Mario Batali's most accessible spot, full of ambiance and offering all sorts of affordable pastas served family style. Our favorite: Spaghetti Aglio e Olio. It's simple but the quality of the ingredients makes it luxurious. You'd never know it, but they actually have a private room in the back. Or, for a larger group, you can reserve the entire restaurant.
Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery
380 Lafayette St., Greenwich Village
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup, delivery, and incredibly thoughtful, outdoor "ski chalet" dining. Lafayette serves all three meals in a beautiful brasserie space: Copper pots hang in the kitchen, horseshoe-shaped booths are spacious and inviting, while the clean, fresh look of the bakery—with blue-and-white patterned floor tiles and lots of white marble—offsets the rusticity of the dining room. We like the shellfish platter and the oysters, along with the rotisserie chicken for two and an order of the fries. It's also a great place to meet for breakfast, with simple, quality dishes that all have a French twist (two farm eggs any style with pommes de rôtisserie or smoked salmon benedict on brioche). The private wine cave has its own bar, which makes it ideal for office holiday parties. 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…
24 Fifth Ave., Greenwich Village
Incorporating North African and Middle Eastern flavors makes this a bit more than your average Provencal-centric restaurant. There is always Bouillabaisse on the menu, but you can have that, Tunisan flatbreads, and a Chicken Tagine, too. Just like the food, the decor—tiled floors and accent walls, rattan seating, and old wooden tables—fully captures that bright, airy Provencal sensibility.
110 Waverly Pl., Greenwich Village
This is one of the Joe Bastianich group's best restaurants, serving up his perfectly executed, regional Italian dishes in a dressed-up, white tableclothed setting. Unlike many other upscale NYC restaurants, Babbo has a fun (and never stuffy) vibe. It's hard to get a table but we like to go to the bar for an incredible plate of pasta and a glass of wine. The private room is a great place to host a fancy lunch.
22 E. 13th St., Greenwich Village
Chef Chris Jaeckle teamed up with restaurateur Chris Cannon (Michael White’s former business partner) to open this well-dressed restaurant in the village. The first floor—occupied solely by the bar—is generally packed, thanks in no small part to the fact they are currently not taking reservations for two. The menu is Venetian with touches of Japan—evidenced by the crudos (a la Marea). Everyone these days has their version of the uni bucatini, but Jaeckle has one of the best we’ve tried.