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We created this site because ever since I moved to the West Village, I 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.

Press Tea

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167 7th Ave. South     http://www.presstea.com

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We had the opportunity to check out this new Japanese/Parisian inspired tea shop in the West Village and its AMAZING!  Oh Marone. First off, this is the first tea shop I’ve been to and it was an eye opener.

It was packed with a very nice looking crowd all drinking different types of tea infused drinks and other nice pastries and unique stuff…like the Ramen Burrito.

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My friend Ben and I had no idea what to get, so we were told to go for the Caramel Rooibos Latte and the Mont Blanc Creme Tea. The Creme Tea is so remarkably good and sweet and rich, and really a treat. These 2 drinks are reason enough to stop by.

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We also had some delicious pastries; the vanilla chai cupcake and the souffle cheesecake bar.

In addition they have these chicken and meat Ramen Noodle Wraps that are out of this world, the Ramenrito. Think Chicken wrap with Momofuku noodles and some spice. Only $9 and Simply Awesome!

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They have this cool press tea machine that makes the tea almost like espresso’s. Very unique.

This place rocks…you may even find a cute Tea drinking lady friend here.

Whynot Coffee and Wine bar

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whynot coffee front14 Christopher Street, New York, New York 10014

We were lucky enough to check out this new coffee and wine bar on the corner of Christopher and Gay Street last week. I’ve always admired this building; from the large antique front doors to the floor to ceiling windows, this new coffee shop deserves all the praise its been getting.941966_434206250020966_1090863680_n

Unlike some other pretentious local coffee shops, you feel comfortable and at home here. Whynot encompasses a very easy breezy Parisian vibe, which I find refreshing for the area. It is decorated impeccably, with large murals of French actresses on the walls, most notably Brigitte Bardot, painted by NY artist Jeremy Penn.

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We had the pleasure of enjoying some fabulous wine and cheese with the owner Emil, who explained that his goal was not just to open a coffee and wine shop, but to create an experience. 

Musicians come in on many occasions to play live Jazz which can be enjoyed on the oversized comfy couch in the back. The record player/keyboard setup is just another treat to keep ones self entertained. music

By the way, one of my favorite albums by Beach House was playing…on vinyl…very cool.

Whynot sells Blue Bottle Coffee, which is outstanding. We had 2 regular coffees and a prosciutto and provolone croissant, a goat cheese with wild berry croissant, and the charcuterie. charcutIMG_2741

Pop in for a coffee, try the croissants, check out the vinyl selection.  Come late night and listen to the live music. I think you will see why I find this place to be the best new coffee shop in the West Village. 

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UMAMI Burger

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umami_burger_logo432 Sixth Avenue umami.com

I have to admit, this is among the top 2 burger joints in the West Village. I’ve been here 3 times already and it’s always a treat. It does get packed, but the tables seem to turn over quick. For instance, tonight’s “25 minute wait” was less than 5, but you never know.

I always get the Original burger which comes with shiitake mushroom, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, parmesan crisp, and UMAMI ketchup. Never fails.

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This clean burger comes on your plate neat and tidy. It’s not huge, so you wont be over stuffed. Their buns are hands down the best I’ve had. Light and fluffy, with a “U” stamped on top.

IMG_2231They also have their own 4 unique dipping sauces; ketchup, aioli, ranch, and their super spicy jalapeño.

This place is a must try!  You will be happy.

Left Bank

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http://www.leftbanknewyork.com                117 perry st. (corner of Greenwich st. + Perry)

Classy, refined, and farm fresh is how I would define this tasteful West Village Restaurant.

This American Tavern has a nice buzz to the air, catering to a bit of an older, sophisticated crowd. The open doors and windows adds to the pleasant ambiance.

Oh, and the food rocked. This was a special salmon salad with Asparagus, Ricotta cheese and a light lemon dressing…delectable.

IMG_1199The iron roasted split chicken, with risotto-pecorino cake was out of this world.

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The pappardelle with soft shell crab was cooked perfectly. Very well made; unique dish.

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The Mongolian dumplings with soy, lime & scallion were delicious.left bank dumpling

Loved the maple syrup pie and brownie sundae.

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DOLLAR OYSTERS on Sundays, and 3$ beer happy hours….. DO IT

Ofrenda

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http://www.ofrendanyc.com/    113 7th Ave South

OOOOOOOOOFrenda…Cinco De Mayo Coming UPPPP

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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.

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The margaritas were solid and the tequila menu is deep and plentiful.

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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).

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Very unique sides like grilled cactus pad and serrano chili sauce keep this little place innovative and fun! Buen Fin De Semana!!!

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