West Village Specialty
250 Bleecker St., West Village
Amy’s started out in Hell’s Kitchen back in 1992 and in the intervening years, her business has gone gangbusters, supplying many of the city’s gourmet shops with their wonderful bread and pastries. Head to any of the stores—our favorite is still the largely unchanged original—to pick up a French baguette, olive twist, or one of their delicious pastries to go. As a huge bonus, they offer breadmaking classes at their Chelsea Market location where you can learn how to make everything from foccacia to thin-crust pizza.
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.
259 6th Ave, New York
This newly-opened market marries two of our favorite sensibilities: chic design and clean eating, a duo that is an extension of its sister restaurant, Café Clover (located on the same block). We love it for grabbing a kombucha or organic almond milk on-the-go–or, perhaps even better, parsing the refrigerator for ready-made selections from the café, including its sprouted rye berry bowl and fresh gazpacho. With several well-stocked shelves offering pantry staples like soaps to sea salt to gluten-free flours from familiar names like Sun Potion and Moon Juice, this is like your favorite neighborhood market, only better.
272 Bleecker St., West Village
This Argentinian ice-cream and sorbet shop offers a vast array of flavors—both traditional and less so. They have all the standards, plus flavors like corn and yerba mate. There's limited seating, so grab a cone and walk around the neighborhood.
Dominique Ansel Kitchen
137 Seventh Ave., West Village
Dominique Ansel Kitchen (sorry, no cronuts here) lends the same magic that makes open kitchens so appealing in a restaurant environment to a bakery, meaning you can watch pastry chefs construct the elaborate, brownies, Pavlovas, tarts, and a handful of savory dishes (the croque monsieur is the epitome of decadence), from scratch, right as you order them. The soft-serve window is where you’ll find Ansel’s interpretation of the ice cream sundae: A heaping pile of whole-milk soft serve in very Ansel-like flavors, like fresh burrata and salt-and-pepper caramel, sprinkled with toppings and served in a fresh, buttery cone. As of now, the window is operating Friday through Sunday only.
496 6th Ave., Meatpacking District
Latin American chef Fernando Aciar makes crazy delicious things out of superfoods—sprouted lentil and brown rice wraps, bee pollen water, raw pistachio biscotti, and more. They also sell unpasteurized cold-pressed juices that are made in house daily, making this a great option for a healthy breakfast or lunch.
Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee
138 W. 10th St. | 10 Downing St., West Village
We’re Jack’s Coffee loyalists in Amagansett, and you can find all the same magic—perfectly roasted beans, egg breakfast sandwiches, simple salads, a smattering of good juices—at their slightly-above-street-level space in the Seaport. There are also two locations here in the West Village.
Marlton Hotel Espresso Bar
5 W. 8th St., West Village
The gorgeous Marlton Hotel lobby happens to be home to a great espresso bar. Here, you'll find a simple but perfectly executed offering of coffee drinks, teas, and snacks (get the beet chips and one of their rotating salads). While tables tend to go fast, you can usually grab a couch or armchair.
130 W. Houston St., Greenwich Village
We were Melvin Major acolytes back when he started making fresh, organic, juices at LifeThyme, a favorite Greenwich Village health food shop. He’s since picked up and started his own spot. Today, the city is flooded with juice bars, but when we can, we like to hit Melvin’s, as he’s a total original.
500 6th Ave., West Village
There are few weekend morning activities quite as essential as picking up coffee and bagels at a local neighborhood shop. In the West Village, the place to go is definitely Murray’s, a long-time neighborhood favorite. While they don’t toast bagels, they do offer every conceivable type of schmear, including a great egg salad. There are tables for eating in, though these travel well, making them pretty perfect picnic fare in warmer weather.
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