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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
432 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.
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.
This place is a must try! You will be happy.
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.
The pappardelle with soft shell crab was cooked perfectly. Very well made; unique dish.
Loved the maple syrup pie and brownie sundae.
DOLLAR OYSTERS on Sundays, and 3$ beer happy hours….. DO IT
http://www.ofrendanyc.com/ 113 7th Ave South
OOOOOOOOOFrenda…Cinco De Mayo Coming UPPPP
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…