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West Village

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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.
Savor Beauty
327 W. 11th St., West Village
Founder Angela Jia Kim incorporates the Korean beauty rituals she grew up with into every therapy, focusing on thorough cleansing and massage for “mul-gwang,” the Korean concept of luminous, dewy skin. The Skin Clinic facial is an over-the-top session of peels, LED lights, microcurrent, and ultrasound to firm and sculpt. During the Champagne Couture treatment, microdermabrasion removes dead cells, while antioxidants derived from champagne are applied to skin, along with a radiance-restoring fruit enzyme peel. You walk out with soothed, happy, noticeably improved skin. (Bonus: The spa hosts a Korean beauty master class.)
Take Care
41 Perry St., West Village
Sadie Adams’s unique therapeutic approach is designed to help clients tease energy and vitality out from within. Her technique stems from her studies in anatomy at the School for Body-Mind Centering and in Ayurveda and yoga therapy at the Ayurvedic Institute. She founded Take Care Face & Body in New York City and recently opened a second location, Take Care Center for Body Mind Regeneration, in Santa Monica. Adams combines science, ancient wisdom, and intuitive awareness to support physical and spiritual healing. Her therapies include microcurrent facials, a restorative therapy that stimulates marma points on your face, promoting deep relaxation and healing throughout your entire body.
Nourish Kitchen + Table
West Village residents missing their daily dose of health-oriented, flavor-packed food from nutritionist Marissa Lippert's now closed café, can breathe easy and access Lippert's incredible food via her catering and private events service. Dedicated to sustainability, seasonality, and of course taste, Nourish Kitchen + Table's menus are brimming with the familiar dishes—updated with international splashes of flavor (za'atar, orange-blossom tahini, garlic confit, rosewater—we could go on)—we all crave through the seasons. A catered office spread could include a bright vegetable frittata, satisfying sweet potato noodles, and herby carrot chickpea falafels, while a wedding or baby shower could feature delicious bites like fresh watermelon and whipped feta, tasty mini carnitas, and charred eggplant—all served up with Lippert's pretty, modern aesthetic at the forefront. Last, but not least, Nourish Kitchen + Table's sister company, Nourish Baby delivers homemade baby food and restorative, healing dishes in meal delivery service format—a godsend for the new mama.
Integral Yoga Institute NYC
227 W. 13th St., West Village
This beloved neighborhood center for spiritual nourishment is connected to one of the best health-food stores in the West Village. Varied yoga classes take place in sun-filled studios, all with gorgeous wood floors—the vibe of the place is more beautifully rustic than polished: Yoga and Qigong focuses on harnessing energy to your advantage, while Yoga for Arthritic and Chronic Pain teaches self-soothing techniques.There are also incredible workshops (topics range from eye health to the importance of eating seasonally to how to how to give a Thai massage), and the wellness spa offers cranial therapy, acupuncture, myofascial release, spiritual counseling, and more—and there’s an excellent book alcove-boutique that sells blankets, stones, mats, and grounding yoga paraphernalia.
Springbone
90 W 3rd St, West 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.
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.
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