The Village is becoming increasingly popular, maybe because people are over Central Park and are now flocking to Washington Square Park (probably not the reason, but just a guess) or because all the newest and trendiest restaurants seems to be opening up in The Village. So, as not to be ~behind the curve~ on your New York adventure and dine more like a native New Yorker who can eat a slice of hot pizza while speed walking to the subway rather than the tourist who makes a reservation for the Olive Garden in Times Square, be sure to check out these amazing restaurants. I’m sure you’ll be savoring every last morsel and wishing for more.
Frued, run by Michelin starred chef Edward Frauneder, brings a contemporary spin on brasserie fare inspired from Austrian cuisine. The menu includes a modern twist on Austrian classics like home made tagliatelle (shrimp, mussels, ramps, fava bean ragout, and toasted breadcrumbs), branzino (snow pea puree, fresh peas, pickled cipollini, buttermilk), and of course schnitzel (your choice of heritage pig or four story hill farm veal). There is also an extensive cocktail menu, beer list, and great happy hour deals - which is always a good thing in my book.
Address: 506 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY
Italian food is definitely my go to when eating out - and science actually says that carbs make you happier. Carbone lets me indulge in my guilty pleasure, but also brings it to a new level with their forward thinking dishes that have a modern twist. My favorites are the spicy rigatoni vodka and the zucchini flowers, but with such a creative menu, you might just fall in love with something else!
Address: 181 Thompson Street, New York, NY
3. Joe's Pizza
What’s not to love about this iconic pizzeria? Joe’s serves up your classic New York Slice and is a favorite among locals and visitors alike!
Address: 7 Carmine Street, New York, NY
Website: Joe’s Pizza
4. Empellón Taqueria
Empellón Taqueria is where you go if you want an upgrade to your taco. Home to ~fancy tacos~, this Taqueria will make even the most open of diners into taco snobs. Although the prices are a bit steeper than your run of the mill tacos, the decadent fillings in them from “Beer-Braised Tripe with Salsa de Arbol” and “Brussel Sprouts with Toasted Almonds” will keep you wanting more. If you’re planning your first visit, I would recommend planning a visit for the Sunday Prix-Fixe Menu, which gives you three courses for 30 USD, and includes chips & salsa; a seafood, salad, or vegetable starter; a melted cheese dish; and two (of the same) tacos of your choice!
Address: 230 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10014
Website: Empellón Taqueria
5. Oda House
Oda House is home to Georgian foods and culture, which is at the intersection of Asian and European cuisines. While many of the dishes feature some sort of bread and/or cheese combination (not that carbs or cheese are ever a bad thing), there are also plenty of protein and even vegan dishes. But, if you do go, you must order the Khachapuri.
Address: 76 Avenue B, New York, NY
Website: Oda House
Tertulia is probably one of the only restaurants in New York serving truly authentic Spanish cuisines. Tertulia has a variety of tapas options, large steaming platters of paella, and other classics like frittatas. If you have a group with a variety of taste palates, you can get the Surtido de Tapas, which is a selection of tapas for the table to share. Then you switch between the “pan con tomate”, “nuestras patatas”, and “cojonudo revisted” all night long.
Address: 359 6th Avenue, New York, NY
If you’re looking to expand your culinary palate and explore various cuisine combinations, then Takashi is calling your name. Ever heard of mino yubiki or tsurami? But vegetarians/vegans beware, much of Takashi’s menu is based on beef, and will make eating around dietary restrictions tricky.
Address: 456 Hudson Street, New York, NY
Restaurateur Keith McNally brings his diners a fun and playful Italian menu at Morandi. The menu is filled with handmade pastas and comfort foods, like Neapolitan focaccia, penne all'Arrabbiata, and Sicilian meatballs. With an extensive wine list and outdoor patio for warmer days, Morandi is a great place for a tasty Italian meal and cool, rustic vibe.
Address: 211 Waverly Place, New York, NY
What are your first thoughts when you think of the word “hearth”? Warmth? Home? Well, if any of these pop up and are accompanied by happy thoughts, then Hearth (the restaurant, not the thing in your home) is waiting for you. With a delicious Italian inspired menu, chef Marco Canora is committed to bringing all his guests fresh and healthy cuisines. The restaurant primarily services wild fish, grains, and sources of “good” fats, and enhances it dishes with natural sweeteners. It’s probably the one restaurant you can indulge at without feeling guilty afterwards.
Address: 403 East 12th Street, at 1st Avenue, New York, NY
I think this is one restaurant most everyone in the city can agree, is the place to go for falafel and other Israeli favorites, like baba ganoush, quinoa and kale salads, tabouli, and of course hummus. While the chefs here serve up these street food favorites, they always add their own spin, elevating each dish and adding a delectable touch. If you can’t make it to their restaurant, you can even keep a look out for their food truck around the city!
Address: 222 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10014
And when you're done...
be sure to check out one of these places for a deliciously delectable dessert.
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