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West Village Restaurants

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Red Farm
529 Hudson St., West Village
Red Farm’s menu focuses on fresh greenmarket product, artfully prepared fish, and delicious dim sum (including less familiar creations like Katz’s pastrami egg roll). From the dim sum selection, the Pac Man shrimp dumplings are as delicious as they are Instagram-worthy and the duck spring rolls are not at all greasy and taste surprisingly refreshing. We’re more than willing to endure the substantial wait (no reservations here) for a bowl of the Lobster Long Life noodles and the veggie fried rice. They put together prix-fixe menus for large groups in private spaces at both this and the Upper West Side location.
West-Bourne
137 Sullivan St., West Village
West-Bourne brings a bit of the West Coast to New York with its Cali-inspired, veg-based menu and zero-waste philosophy. LA native Camilla Marcus delivers dishes centered around seasonal, local produce elevated with some of her favorite artisanal products from her home state. Everything is healthy and hearty (try the farm grains with almond butter)–and the wine list is solid, focusing on a large selection of varieties from California. Furthering the Cali influence is the sustainable design that includes reclaimed wood, custom furniture, and nostalgic, throwback-y art highlighting 1960's LA. A portion of all meal proceeds goes toward The Door, a New York non-profit dedicated to youth empowerment. Photos: Nicole Franzen.
Fairfax
234 W. 4th St., West Village
Restaurateur Gabriel Stulman (of Happy Cooking Hospitality) recently re-concepted his West Village Italian restaurant, Perla, into Fairfax, a Mediterranean eatery with a straightforward menu of inventive dishes you'll want order over and over, oh and a great wine list. Part of the swap was changing out formal dining room tables for more casual living room furniture and communal tables (many of the pieces taken from the Stulman's own home), making it super comfortable, but more of a personality-filled drinks-and-small plates place than a full dinner destination. If you come before 6:30, you can get a glass of wine and a plate for $20. It's also a great place to host a party.
Emily
35 Downing St., West Village
Matt and Emily Hyland now have three pizza shops in New York–the original in Clinton Hill; Emmy Squared, their Williamsburg homage to square-cut, Detroit-style pizza; and now, a second version of Emily in the West Village. Here, they serve New York-style pizza (heavily influenced by Matt's upbringing in New York and with a little New Haven apizza thrown in) alongside their famous "Emmy burger," which hardly needs an introduction at this point. There will be lines, but it's so worth the wait.
I Sodi
105 Christopher St., West Village
The simple cooking style here is an ode to Chef Rita's Florentine mother and the dishes she made with ingredients from their farm. The menu highlights are all of the classics, like insalata di pomodori, spaghetti alla pomarola, and a beautifully cheesy lasagna (which has several variations, depending on the season). Everything is made with olive oil imported directly from the restaurant's namesake farm in Tuscany. In the bar, you'll find a selection of straightforward negronis. It's the kind of place that's just as appropriate for a cozy date night as for sunny patio drinks after work.
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