Still Going Strong: The Gastro-mecca Known as Greenwich Village

Wander Greenwich Village's intricate web of angled, leafy streets that criss cross alleys, mews, and narrow sidewalks leading to 19th Century brownstones, low-rise apartment buildings and quaint carriage houses. South of 14th Street, it's bordered by Broadway to the east, the Hudson River to the west, and bustling Houston (pronounced How stun not Hu ston) to the south. The first stop for countless European immigrants and rebels, it spawned beat and folk, the Village has always been known as an artists' haven. Its historic, subterranean music venues like the classic Cornelia St. Cafe are packed with jazz fans, while bars like the Ear Inn and White Horse Tavern proudly proclaim "Dylan Thomas drank here" on Hudson Street. Today, the area is more swank than bohemian. row houses have morphed into multimillion dollar private homes and international boutiques line leafy Bleecker Street. Still, the creative energy in the neighborhood's award-winning kitchens inspire. From European Viennese vibes, to cross-border glob-trotting chefs who devise multi-cultural recipes, to farm-to-table fare an d burgers, Greenwich Village is home to many of the city's top restaurants. Chefs like Anita Lo, Dan Barber, Kurt Gutenbrunner and Mario Batali made their names in the Village. 

Greenwich Village

New York's burger obsession (see also: Paul's, Shake Shack, Bareburger, Bill's Bar & Burger) hit new heights with the 2013 opening of this beloved Los Angeles import. A lively crowd of NYU undergrads, twenty-somethings on second dates and...  Read More

West Village

Co-owner Ken Friedman and Chef April Bloomfield opened The Spotted Pig in February 2004, and New York City's first gastropub has been a local favorite ever since. The classics: chargrilled burger, gnudi, deviled eggs, and seasonal specials. The...  Read More

Gotham Bar and Grill
Photo courtesy of Gotham Bar & Grill

Gotham Bar & Grill showcases Chef Alfred Portale's award-winning New American fare. A classy crowd of good-looking suits and creative types come together in the elegant dining room, which serves timeless fare like grilled Atlantic salmon...  Read More

Mary's Fish Camp

Located on a bustling corner of West Fourth, this sunny, glass-walled spot serves seafood so fresh, you'll think you're on the Maine coast. A mixed crowd of local regulars, NYU kids with the parents' weekend set, and displaced New Englanders...  Read More

West Village

dell'anima means "of the soul" in Italian and the food features seasonal, eloquent dishes of thoughtful simplicity , including bruschetta and fresh pastas made in-house daily by Executive Chef Andrew Whitney. The wine list features more than 150...  Read More

West Village

Tucked away on Waverly Place in a former coach house, Babbo offers up Italian food in its purest form. Known for its classic simplicity both in decor and menu selections, this establishment provides diners with exotically named, sumptuous pastas...  Read More

West Village
Photo courtesy of Wallse

Gutenbrunner's menus are "Austrian at heart, European in spirit," listing European dishes like goulash, roasted cod, octopus and sweetbread ravioli. His restaurants boast the most extended Austrian wine list in the U.S. Wallse is an elegant...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Buvette

Part restaurant, part bar, part café, Buvette Gastrotheque combines the elegance of an old world cafe with the casual nature of a neighborhood eatery on a leafy block in the West Village, giving the the street a Parisian je ne sais quoi. The...  Read More

Greenwich Village
Photo courtesy of James Beard Foundation

Set on Charles Street formerly known as Asylum Street that was a busy corner in the Village as it was the site of the "uber" of its day – a busy horse and carriage taxi service. A Greenwich Village haven of garlic and green sauce since 1941,...  Read More

West Village
Photo courtesy of Annisa

Annisa remains one of the best-ranked restaurants in the city thanks to the dynamic cooking of chef-owner Anita Lo. Tastes reflect her world travels, not her ethnicity so don't even try to label her cuisine. Signature dishes include...  Read More


Meet Maria Lisella

No matter how many countries Maria Lisella has visited (62), this native New Yorker finds the world at her doorstep in amazing Queens where its residents speak 138 languages.

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