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Greenwich Village

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St. Frank Manhattan (Closed)
373 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village
With a dedication to holistically supporting individuals and communities in under-resourced, low- and middle-income countries, St. Frank is a luxury brand grounded in its ethics. The brand’s Greenwich Village location is full of beautifully handcrafted goods from around the globe, all sustainably sourced. Choose between pillows made from Mud cloth, colorful West African textiles, and Juju hats from Cameroon. A close second to its overall mission, is the fact that the store itself is, in a word: beautiful.
Hill House Home
395 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village
Occupying the ground floor of a West Village townhouse, Hill House Home packs a real punch: Prepare yourself for a lot of blue and white palm trees. Nell Diamond, the bedding line’s founder, collaborated with Martin Brûlé of Martin Brûlé Studio to do the entire room in an eccentric, nineteenth-century fabric that Brûlé found at a flea market in Paris. The 500-square-foot-space feels a little like stumbling upon a grand European hotel (or the set of a Wes Anderson movie), with white lacquered furnishings and Hill House Home’s crisp, white bedding as the focal point. Don’t miss the wall of mini pillows—which make great gifts—each one embroidered with a playful phrase, like “5 More Minutes.”
Alta
64 W. 10th St., Greenwich Village
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.
Brodo Broth Shop
496 Hudson St., Greenwich Village
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.
Springbone
90 W. 3rd St, Greenwich Village
Springbone brings the often-perceived-as-niche cult of bone broth into the mainstream with their clean, minimalistic hole-in-the-wall space in the West Village. The menu is a nice mix of "drinking broths" (literally mugs of broth that you drink like you would a hot tea), and actual meals incorporating the broth in some way (chicken and rice, meatballs). Don't knock it 'til you've tried it: drinking hot, savory broth is not only like a hug in a cup, it's also an incredible pick-me-up alternative to tea or coffee that you can enjoy on the go. (Although, Springbone's drinks menu is pretty solid with matcha, Chaga tea, smoothies, and a particularly delicious riff on healthy hot chocolate spiked with a little reishi and cinnamon on offer). Our favorite cup of broth is unquestionably the liquid gold—a turmeric spiked chicken and coconut milk soup—warming, healthy, and flavorsome.
Nix
72 University Pl., Greenwich Village
For Michelin-rated food that is vegetarian and vegan, flavorful and filling, Nix serves up an international-style menu in a clean, bright space. Food-wise, expect smooth, rich hummus and punchy za'atar, marinated cucumbers with creamy labneh, vegetable dumplings, and a particularly indulgent sweet potato and truffle dish. The white-washed space with comfortable booths for crowds and smaller tables for duos feels fresh with its red color accents and pops of greenery, but it's the beautifully plated flavorful food that keeps New Yorkers coming back. (One goop staffer was so enamored she filled-up on Nix's incredible veggies and cocktails two nights in a row—a crowd pleaser for sure.)
Ancolie
58 W. 8th St., Greenwich Village
Ancolie is a self-described "epicurean canteen"—serving healthy, ready-to-eat meals packed to-go in sustainable glass jars. Founder Chloe Vichot—like most us—grew frustrated not only with the overly salty, often processed ingredients in the ready-made meals she would pick up for lunch, but with the waste they generated. In building Ancolie, Vichot focused on the container first, creating custom-designed mason jars that are truly a joy to eat from—wider than the typical jar with curved edges (to make scooping that last bite of farro a little easier), stackable, and leakproof. For lunch think rainbow salads (cabbage, greens, cauli-rice) or the Ancolie jar (a little heartier with lentils, carrots, goat cheese, chicken, and walnuts), breakfast could be a creamy chia pud, and for those who like something warm, there are hot options daily.
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