349 W. 12th St., West Village
This light-filled furniture and interiors shop is the making of creative duo Michael and Caroline Ventura. Offering a mix of what the Venturas themselves would buy, from Mid-Century modern furniture, and collectible magazines to global antique rugs (for which they just launched an online store). The store is also a showroom for Caroline’s jewelry line, BRVTVS and furniture that they make after-hours. (And an interesting note: The store is located in the same West Village building that houses their apartment, Caroline’s jewelry studio, Michael’s creative agency, Sub Rosa, and a connected rental space called And & And.)
359 6th Ave., West Village
Seamus Mullen's New York restaurant (which now has two locations) is classically Spanish, celebrating the flavors and culture of the Asturias region—even the cozy, gastropub decór is reminiscent of Northern Spain. Tapas are really the star of the menu, but they also serve larger family-style meals perfect for sharing.
238 W. 10th St., West Village
CAP stands for “clean and pure,” which describes everything you’ll find at this tightly curated shop in the West Village. The gang’s all here as far as clean beauty brands go—they carry Kjaer Weis, Odacité, Tata Harper, and a great selection of dusts and potions from brands like Moon Juice, Four Sigmatic, and Urban Moonshine. They’re also known for excellent facials—for a holistic anti-aging package, look at the CAP Lift, a series of facial-rejuvenation acupuncture treatments that takes place over several weeks.
High Street on Hudson
637 Hudson St., West Village
This is Chef Eli Kulp’s NYC outpost, a corner-cafe-meets-restaurant in the West Village. (The original location, also well reviewed, is in Philadelphia.) The bakery here is a big draw, and you’ll find most of High Street’s pastries and breads incorporated into their breakfast menu, though we’re just as keen on dinner.
51 Grove St., West Village
Cauliflower in fontina gratin, wild boar ragu… the Italian small plates from chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi are ridiculously well done. Another major draw: The gorgeous outdoor patio. As Mario Batali put it, this place "is everything right about the West Village."
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.
228 W. 10th St., West Village
Despite its two-floor, 100-plus-seat space, tables are somewhat hard to come by at L'Artusi, which makes the spots at the white marble bar all the more valuable. The menu centers around several pleasing pasta dishes, with Italian-inspired seafood and meat mains, plus plates like L'Artusi's roasted mushrooms with pancetta, fried egg, chilies, and ricotta salata. There's also a serious wine list, and Sunday brunch to consider.
Larsson & Jennings (Closed)
335 Bleecker St., West Village
This contemporary watch brand only launched in 2012, but its Swiss-made timepieces—made with locally sourced leather wristbands from “Anglo-Swedish tanneries” and with hand-finished, premium metals—are already sort of legendary. Their Bleeker Street brick-and-mortar (there’s another on Prince Street in Nolita) constitutes an airy, whitewashed space with a gorgeously minimalist design, a.k.a. typical Scandinavia-chic, where you can try out their unisex collection of built-to-last timepieces.
Big Gay Ice Cream
61 Grove St., West Village
Big Gay Ice Cream hardly needs an introduction. This beloved soft-serve joint started off as a seasonal truck in 2009, quickly amassing a loyal fan base in NYC. Their first permanent shop was opened in the East Village in 2011, followed by a shop in the West Village the next year.
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.
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