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West Village Restaurants

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Almanac (Closed)
28 7th Ave. S., West Village
Galen Zamarra became the Chef de Cuisine at Bouley Bakery at the tender age of 24, and all eyes have been on him and his restaurants ever since. Almanac, his hyper-seasonal spot in the West Village, offers a tasting menu and a la carte options, depending on your preference. The menu changes daily to accommodate the freshest product, and although there's definitely a bend toward the experimental, you can't really go wrong with any dish here. The private dining room is decorated with pine and stone, with tufted red leather banquettes, which is kind of the perfect décor for a food-focused holiday party.
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Buvette
42 Grove St., West Village
Rooted in an appreciation for traditional French cuisine, Jody Williams's beloved neighborhood wine bar is a favorite for indulgent pastries and French toast at breakfast, and snack-size French Coq au Vin and the like at lunch and dinner. It's as good for a quick bite to eat as it is for a full meal, and the setting, with a tin ceiling, exposed bricks, and French-style cafe seating, is a perfect, romantic spot for a date or intimate dinner. Williams' food is so good, and the concept so well-received in the city, that she's taken it to Paris, where even the hard-to-please French have welcomed her style of French cooking.
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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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EN Japanese Brasserie
435 Hudson St., West Village
EN Japanese Brasserie flies a bit under the radar, which is a great thing because it means that it's generally quiet and hushed. While the tall ceilings make the space feel much bigger than it actually is, the vibe is still warm and inviting. The traditional Japanese cuisine goes way beyond sushi (though the sashimi hardly disappoints) and offers great options for picky and adventurous eaters alike. There are two private rooms set up in traditional Japanese style without chairs; the intimate spaces only hold eight or nine people.
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Fairfax
234 W. 4th St., West Village
Last month, restaurateur Gabriel Stulman (of Happy Cooking Hospitality) re-concepted his West Village Italian restaurant, Perla, into Fairfax, a Mediterranean restaurant with a straightforward menu and a great wine list. Part of the swap was changing out formal dining room tables for living room furniture and communal tables, making it super comfortable, but more of a drink-and-snacks 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.
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