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West Village Specialty

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Bonberi Mart
321 W 11th St., West Village
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup and delivery. When it comes to work lunches on the fly, our requirements are simple: hearty salads, tasty smoothies packed with goodness, and low-on-sugar snacks we can feel good nibbling on while whizzing through emails. Bonberi Mart’s grain bowls, noodle salads, and soups are flavorsome and inventive yet healthy—the curried red lentil stew, seaweed salad, and coconut pho bowl are instant lunchtime winners. Also on tap: kombucha. Images courtesy of Ana Gambuto. 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.
Van Leeuwen
152 W. 10th St., West Village
Whether you’ve had Van Leeuwen on the streets of Brooklyn or parked up on Abbot Kinney, it’s instantly recognizable by its sunny yellow truck. They’re particularly famous for their vegan ice cream, a combination of cashew milk, coconut milk, cocoa butter, and carob beans that’s incredibly creamy and indulgent (and a major victory for the dairy-sensitive). They’ve got a few locations now: Greenpoint, Boerum Hill, and Williamsburg in Brooklyn; the East and West Villages in Manhattan; and the Arts District and Culver City in LA. You can always track their many food trucks on their website.
O Cafe
482 6th Ave., West Village
Good Brazilian pão de queijo is weirdly hard to come by in the city, but anyone who's had a taste of these gluten-free cheesy puffs will tell you that sniffing them out is a worthwhile cause. Not only does this Greenwich Village café churn out really good Brazilian pastries; it also sources coffee almost exclusively from Brazil, South America, and Africa. What’s more, the space itself is comfortable and welcoming, so you never feel like you and your laptop are unwanted.
Partners Coffee
44 Charles St., West Village
This is one of few places around that roasts their own beans, which are responsibly sourced from all over the globe. Meanwhile all five Partners locations (the other four are spread out between Williamsburg, Flatiron, and Midtown) are consistently simple and comfortable in design—think communal tables, couches, and excellent lighting. Yes, it's a great set-up for work, but also worth stopping by on your day off for a simple and hearty lunch. (They also offer a random assortment of classes in everything from art to cupping.)
Murray’s Cheese Shop
254 Bleecker St., West Village
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup, delivery and in-store shopping. Check out their awesome virtual wine and cheese pairing classes. Murray's seems to import every conceivable cheese in production for public consumption, and has a staff that can happily walk you through (and sample) all of them. There are cheese cave tours offered for those who want to learn even more and delicious sandwiches—or melts—for anyone who wants more than just a few hunks of the good stuff. While they supply most of Manhattan with their cheese plate offerings, they also ship across the states. There's also an outpost at the Grand Central Market. 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.
Murray’s Cheese Shop
254 Bleecker St., West Village
Murray's seems to import every conceivable cheese in production for public consumption, and has a staff that can happily walk you through (and sample) all of them. There are cheese cave tours offered for those who want to learn even more and delicious sandwiches—or melts—for anyone who wants more than just a few hunks of the good stuff. While they supply most of Manhattan with their cheese plate offerings, they also ship across the states. There's also an outpost at the Grand Central Market.
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