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!!!

16 Handles…Are you kidding me with that graham cracker flavor?

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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.

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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…

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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.