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2 great meals in the Village

  • sbkat Sep 10, 2009 07:22 PM
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I'm coming to NYC this week from the West Coast. I love your city as does my husband. We have most of our dinner and lunch meals planned and reserved. I'm looking for Monday and Wednesday night recs and a couple breakfast options.

Staying within walking distance both nights would be ideal.

We're already going to enjoy Crispo, LIttle Owl, Le Bernardin, Spotted Pig and two mystery meals the hubbie has planned for Fri and Sat night.

Thanks in advance for your great advice! Kat

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  1. Do you mean West VIllage, East VIllage, or in the center (more like NYU/Washington Square Park area)? What's your budget, including tax, tip, drinks? Are you willing to wait or do you require a reservation? How far are you willing to walk -- 10 minutes? 20 minutes? What kind of cuisines are you looking for (are you coming from LA, SF, Seattle, Portland)?

    For breakfast, have you seen this thread?
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/598414

    In the West Village area, my favorites are Blue Ribbon Bakery, Jane, Perilla, and 'ino. Morandi is good but I haven't been there in a while. Little Owl has brunch, too, as does Spotted Pig.

    See also:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/607636
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5933...

    Top food recs in the West Village
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/625061
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3828...

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    1. re: kathryn

      kathryn....those are my favorite too!

      why not add some sushi to the mix with a great meal at ushiwakamaru on houston?

      1. re: kathryn

        We're staying right around Horatio and 8th. We are avid walkers, so WV, EV and Chelsea are just fine. Coming from Central Coast/Santa Barbara.

        Last visit included Perilla (loved it!) and had brunch the last visit at Jane. Food was okay, but the service was odd. The waiter spilled an entire glass of water on our table and seemed perplexed as to what to do. I wouldn't go back.

        'ino looks great. Thanks for the breakfast and WV threads.

        Reservations are not necessary, we're pretty easy going food loving folk. Both in the restaurant business half our lives, so we live to eat, not eat to live!

        1. re: kathryn

          Thanks for the brunch info - I didn't know Little Owl or Spotted Pig served brunch. Good to know. Blue Ribbon is on the list - how does their sushi fare? Can't really get a feel for it online. Heard the bakery is good as you recommend.

          1. re: sbkat

            Blue Ribbon Sushi (different spot that Bakery or Brasserie) in Soho has OK nigiri, pretty good rolls, and pretty good cooked food. But you want really pristine fish, perfect rice, perfect saucing, etc. for your nigiri, go elsewhere.

        2. I think Perry St is a standout in the WV area. Great lunch/brunch deal ($24 for 2 courses + dessert) and the food is very strong across the board. If you like Jean-Georges' style, this would be of special interest. An expansive view of the Hudson River doesn't hurt either.

          1. Welcome to my 'hood!

            'ino for a late breakfast - get the truffled egg
            Morandi - nice in the morning, especially when the weather is good
            Village Den - solid (non-foodie) coffee shop
            Murray's Bagels - 6th Ave btw 12th and 13th St
            202 in Chelsea Market (full english breakfast)
            La Bergamote - Ninth Ave and 20th St - almond croissant
            Good - brunch - Greenwich Ave

            for dinner:
            Barbuto
            Blue Ribbon Bakery
            Bar Pitti - expect a wait, cash only
            Snack Taverna
            Corner Bistro - burgers at the bar
            Marumi - Laguardia Place
            Rhong Tiam - Laguardia Place

            consider Chelsea - stroll or short cab:
            Grand Szechuan - 24th and 9th
            Co. - 24th and 9th

            and:
            Gottino - wine bar - Greenwich Ave
            L'Arte de Gelato - on Barrow at Seventh Ave South (there's one in Chelsea Market)

            enjoy

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            1. re: Chuck Lawrence

              Thanks so much for recs.

              Blue Ribbon Bakery. Duly noted. Will be there. Gottino, I love. Actually was there when it first opened. Will be back.
              Chelsea Market, hitting for sure.
              'ino gets nods from CH's abound, so yes, another great choice.

              Thanks for the advice NY Chowhounds.

              1. re: sbkat

                Blue Ribbon Bakery

                fried chicken!

                1. re: Chuck Lawrence

                  How does the fried chicken compare with Redhead? I love me some good fried chicken, and since it's now a rare splurge *weeping*, I don't want to blow it!

                  1. re: sbkat

                    Never been to Redhead so I can't compare.
                    Will be eager to hear your report.