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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.

Italian Flavors at Perla

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On the corner of Minetta Lane right off 6th Avenue lies the rustic Italian meal you have been waiting for. Think rich flavors, bold Italian notes all presented in a beautiful way on your plate. Nothing about the dinner felt stuffy or overdone – just a great dinner on a cool summer night.

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The space was pretty comfortable for a Thursday night when you don’t want to be surrounded by loud music and you prefer not to yell across the table to your companions. In this case, we sat at the raised prep bar towards the back where we had a perfect view of both the salad prep station and the busy main kitchen right to its right. Watching your plate get its finishing touches before it comes your way is definitely a treat for any diner.

An added bonus, this is a definitely both a date spot & dinner with the parents kind of spot in my book. Dim lighting, great wine choices and pleasant staff abound. Equally perfect for picky eaters who just want a little old-fashioned pasta and those who venture into squid-ink territory (yay for adventurous eaters).

Finally, I can’t let you go without a view of our plates.

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One of our appetizers, nicely grilled octopus over a bed of roasted tomatoes

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Rich and buttery beef check, mushroom and brown butter agnolotti

Juicy chicken

Juicy chicken with a spicy pepper rub, goat cheese and oyster mushrooms.

Have you been to Perla? Share and let us know.

 

 

You’re hot. Have a smoothie.

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That’s right, we said it. We think you’re hot and you want a nice, cold smoothie. Luckily for our wonderful readers, you can get a *free* smoothie at the one and only, 16Handles [UPDATED: The offer has expired. Thank you for participating and check back soon for more sweet deals]. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this delicious place, you can’t go wrong with self-serve frozen yogurt no matter what you put on it (we aren’t judging). Last time we went here, there was some obsessing over the graham cracker flavor.

Call us crazy, but it's self-serve...

Call us crazy, but it’s self-serve…

Now, on to the smoothie…

16Handles has recently started making fresh smoothies so check online to see if your nearest location has them (only 8 locations currently offer them but soon the smoothies will take over everywhere!)

- Enjoy! Inga.

Restaurant Week(s)

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Need we say more?

Need we say more?

Fellow readers, it has officially arrived, and I’m not just talking about hot and steamy July. Restaurant week, or to be exact 3 weeks (!!!) of affordable pre-fixe lunch and dinner possibilities in some sweet NYC restaurants starts very soon. We did the hard research work for you, naturally, so have your pick of these 12 spots and think of us with each delicious bite. You’re very welcome.

Time: July 21 – August 15 2014
Location: West Village
Will my bank account be sad? No. Lunch is $25 for 3 courses and dinner is $38 regardless of where you go.

P.S We’ll be doing some eating and reviewing ourselves so check back soon to see what we’re up to and what we recommend. Full list of all participating restaurants can be found by clicking here.

Enjoy! – Inga

Barraca

Spanish/Tapas | West Village

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El Toro Blanco

Mexican | West Village

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Empellón Taqueria

Mexican | West Village

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En Japanese Brasserie

Japanese | West Village

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Left Bank

American New | West Village

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The Marrow

Italian | West Village

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Melibea

Mediterranean | West Village

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Perry Street

American New | West Village

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Sant Ambroeus – West Village

Italian | West Village

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Spasso

American New | West Village

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SushiSamba NYC West Village

Asian Fusion | West Village

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Tertulia

Spanish/Tapas | West Village

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Sushi Nakazawa

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23 Commerce Street        www.sushinakazawa.com

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After 2 long months on the wait list, we finally got to try the famous Nakazawa sushi restaurant on commerce. This place is so popular that it is literally booked solid for 2 months. Chef Daisuke Nakazawa was the chief apprentice for Jiro Ono, on whom the popular sushi documentary Jiro dreams of sushi was based.

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Many consider Jiro to be the best sushi chef in the world. So Chef Nakazawa is highly sought after and admired in the sushi world. Opening up sushi Nakazawa was a major addition to the West Village, and is the most talked about Japanese restaurant in New York City.

Also, there is no menu. The sushi chef and his team skillfully put together a remarkable array of imported and hard to find fish from such hard to find Japanese mackerel to Alaskan tuna to Oregon scallops.

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They opened up the scallops and their were on our plate within a few minutes.  My friend Andrew and I sat at the sushi bar, which is the way to go. We got to watch front and center the chefs at work. I know there is a seated part of the restaurant, but we never walked back. The action was all up front with the chefs.

Right when you sit down the 21 course called Omakase begins. Each piece of fish is so uniquely crafted and tasted wildly different.  They use different techniques for each piece. They use a blowtorch to sear some of the fish, as well as chili, salt, and other secret ingredients.

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There is no soy sauce. We never asked for it as it seemed out-of-place. You just sit back, while they tell you which part of the world the fish came from, and enjoy the ride. You are not in the driver’s seat here… You are being driven.

I couldn’t possibly remember all the pieces of sushi but exquisite doesn’t give it justice.

The Japanese mackerel and the blue fish tuna were out of this world.

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I’ve never tasted sushi like this before. The trigger fish, sea urchin, the yellow tail were phenomenal. They crafted up fish from Alaska, Oregon, different parts of Japan, North Carolina; to name a few. Also, one rarely has the opportunity to eat 21 pieces of different fish from all around the world, at one restaurant.

This is also the freshest sushi spot I’ve been to. The scallops and the giant clams were opened up and cut out of the shell right in front of us.

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IMG_5135The Service is amazing. The food and the experience was a 10 out of 10. I guess at $200 per person it better be. All in all, a decadent, and truly amazing experience.

 

 

Potatopia

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378 Sixth Avenue at Waverly Place                   www.potatopia.com

logo potatopiaGet Baked, Get Smashed, and Get Fried are a few of Potatopia’s key taglines… and I love it! This fun and awesomely innovative build your own potato eatery on 6th Ave is a smash hit! And it’s the only restaurant in its class that’s chief focus is the potato, and its crazy array of sauces.

First, you choose the type of potato you would like; Mashed Potato, Curly Fries, Tater Tots, Au Gratin, baked potato, to name a few.

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Then you load it up with “protein” such as steak, lox, bacon, chicken, shrimp, sausage, etc.

Then you pick your toppings from the topping bar. They have over 15 toppings from brocoli to zucchini.

I ordered the Smash Hit which is one of their signature dishes and comes with the smashed potato, house salt and pepper, cheddar cheese, Asiago cheese, green onions, red onion, garlic, cilantro with roasted pepper. Oh, and I added Shrimp for the heck of it.

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Their signature meals start at 4 bucks which I think is a steal. Money well spent. You can’t go wrong with these. We also ordered a few tasty baked potatoes with the works…You can never have too many toppings.

VWH_Potpia_HvyVeg_09_BG02They have over 15 special sauces, from Garlic Aioli to Chipotle Ketchup, Truffle, Chili Pepper, Roasted Pepper, Ranch, Wasabi, Grainy Mustard, Chipotle Mayo, Savory Bacon, Curry 
etc. The possibilities are endless.

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We also got the Curly Sue which is Curly Cut fries, House Salt and Pepper, Pepperjack Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Jalapeño, Garlic, Green Onion, Chipotle Ketchup and Garlic Aioli. This was great and a little spicy.

curlyWe got another signature dish called The Lower East Sider...I’ve never had Lox on top of Tater Tots with Cilantro and Sour Creme before. So I did. And it made me happy :)  I’ve already gone back for this dish twice.

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20140611_183130We got the shepherds pie which was a nice hearty treat. I don’t know anywhere else in the West Village that has this dish. I give Potatopia an A+ for creativity and thinking outside of the box.

They did a great job with the cool design of the store and its advertising. There are signs on the wall saying…Get Baked, Get Fried, and Get Smashed.

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This concept was created by owner and foodie entrepreneur Allen Dikker. Dikker came up with the unique idea of pairing potatoes with a variety of sauces and toppings to make everything from a snack to a hearty dinner. Also, this place is perfect for ordering a bunch of stuff, and sharing with friends.

We welcome Potatopia with open arms and WE Love You!

-WestVillageFood

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