We created this site because ever since we moved to the West Village, we’ve wished a site like this existed—somewhere we could easily find good local places to eat, whether it’s for a few beers with friends, a romantic spot to bring a date, some tasty pasta or cheap Chinese, whatever.
http://www.ofrendanyc.com/ 113 7th Ave South
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This cute little high-end Mexican restaurant has delicious food, awesome guacamole and great outdoor seating. People rave about their brunch and happy hours; I rave about their Tequila’s.
The margaritas were solid and the tequila menu is deep and plentiful.
I had the roasted jumbo shrimp with angel hair pasta, pulla pepper and mussel sauce which was really nice. And roasted rack of lamb, garlic mashed potatoes, grilled shiitake mushrooms and radish chimichurri.
The Chilaquiles con huevos were amazing!(tortillas with Oaxaca cheese, tomatillo chipotle salsa and sautéed onions, with sunny side up eggs).
Very unique sides like grilled cactus pad and serrano chili sauce keep this little place innovative and fun! Buen Fin De Semana!!!
245 Bleecker street http://16handles.com/
Are you kidding me with that graham cracker flavor? That pomegranate raspberry sorbet? A candy lover like myself can really go crazy here, with a slew of toppings, fixing, and trimmings. I went for the captain crunch, m&m, rainbow sprinkles, rainbow cookie, shredded almonds, whipped cream, to name a few.
We were invited to check out their new location on Bleecker St… and was super pumped we did. Sujan the manager and the whole team made sure we got the full flavorful experience. Love the numerous flavors, toppings, and dance music on blast.
Tip: Get tons of free samples!!!!
I love you 16 Handles…
http://havananyc.com/media/havana.html 94 Christopher Street
Great cuban food, strong mojitos, live music, and empanadas is all you need for a fun night out with some friends. I’ve been here a few times and am always greeted with a warm welcome. I wish all restaurants were this friendly.
The ambiance is perfect, with dim lighting and colorful traditional paintings on the walls.
We had the beef empanadas which were outrageous.
I had The Pollo A La Maggie, which is chicken breasts, plantains, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, zucchini, in a white wine sauce. This is among the best chicken dishes I’ve come across. I will get this every time I come.
All in all, come to this place! Its fun and lively, and you will definitely have a good time.
Landbrot Bakery and Bar 137 7th Ave South
So this place just opened up and has a very cool inviting vibe. This German style bakery has everything you need; cold beer (bier) on tap, ham and cheese croissants, sausages, and pretzels. They also have a full dinner menu.
The food and bakery nick nacks are great, but the service was a little off, and it seems like they have to tighten up a bit. All in all, best pretzel in the West Village.
http://www.perillanyc.com/ 9 Jones Street 212.929.6868
I’ve been hearing about this place for a while, and was recently taken on a romantic birthday date with my girlfriend. For some reason I always thought this place was straight up Italian…
It’s actually Funky American with some great eccentric dishes. The menu is very courageous, with dishes like Spicy Duck Meatballs with mint cavatelli, and a quail egg. Wild.
The chef/owner is Top chef winner Harold Dieterle and these dishes prove his creativity. He also owns KinShop which is a modern Thai restaurant…also eclectic and awesome.
We started off with the House Made Garganelli with lobster mushrooms, black pepper, parmesan & lemon mushrooms. This had such a clean, sharp taste. It was fresh and sweet.
The Roasted Golden Snapper with fried yucca, chayote, olive tapenade was out of this world. Among the best fish I’ve had.
The Fricassee of Chicken and Egg chanterelles, with leeks, chicken liver, and truffle pudding stole the show. This dish had a hint of Korean cooking mixed with Modern American cuisine; and the egg yolk is a great idea.
The dishes we ordered had Italian, Korean, and American flair. Basically, there are no rules here except fresh, organic, tasty food. A must try.