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Feb 12, 2008 07:09 AM

West Village recommendations?

I'll be spending a week in Manhattan in late March, staying in the Meatpacking District -- Hotel Gansevoort. I'm looking for chowhound recommendations for great places to eat in the immediate neighborhood and West Village (walking distance).

On previous trips, I enjoyed The Spotted Pig and Cafe Cluny -- smaller, more intimate places with a neighborhood feel and good to excellent food. I want to avoid the "big show" places, eg. Buddakan, Spice Market, etc.

Any chowhound suggestions?

Thanks very much.

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    1. Florent - still cool
      Barbuto - quieter at lunch
      Gottino - wine bar
      Mama Buddha - cheap, cheerful and healthy
      Corner Bistro - burgers
      Good - brunch
      Cafe 202 - breakfast/lunch
      Omai - Vietnamese 9th Ave/19th St
      Bergamote - pastries 9th Ave 20th St
      Murray's Bagels - 6th Ave/13th St
      a bit further:
      Snack Taverna
      'Ino - wine bar
      Little Owl
      Blue Ribbon Bakery
      Bar Pitti

      1. My vote is for Florent... especially with all of the talk surrounding their lease expiring sometime this Spring, I'd suggest you get there before the rumor of them closing down becomes a truth!

        1. It all depends on your expectations...
          El Faro -- Old school Spanish (love it)
          Crispo -- 14th St., but worth a little extra walk
          Malatesta -- neighborhood, affordable Italian
          Paris Commune -- Great French, also affordable
          Wallse -- A little nicer, but well worth the price, this is a must...

          Hope that provides some variety, good eating...

          1. Perilla, Snack Taverna, Crispo, Bar Blanc, Wallse, O Mai. For French bistro food, I'd choose Jarnac over Paris Commune, which IMO is overpriced and ordinary. Le Gigot also gets a lot of positive mentions on this board, but I have not been there.