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12 Stand-Out Dishes to Try in the West Village

From a cheesy stuffed garlic flatbread to a powerful, spicy noodle soup, here’s a selection of some of the neighborhood’s most appealing dishes

A round, sesame-studded flatbread is cut up into slices on a big plate on a reddish wooden table.
Don Angie’s stuffed garlic flatbread
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Welcome to a new series about some of the best dishes to eat in neighborhoods across New York. Today, Eater editors are highlighting some favorites in the West Village — from homey, straightforward dishes at longstanding bistros to innovative versions of classics.


Beef stroganoff at Casa

A slightly orange, cream-based beef stroganoff stew is on a plate with rice and a pile of yellow, fried potato sticks.
Casa’s stroganoff
Carla Vianna/Eater

The stroganoff ($26.95) at Casa — whose name translates to home, which is exactly what the restaurant feels like — is made with tender Brazilian pot roast and a thick, tomato-based cream that I know all too well. I grew up eating Brazilian-style stroganoff, and to this day, it’s still my go-to order at any Brazilian restaurant, no matter how enticing the picanha might look. Here at Casa, the stroganoff’s heavy, fulfilling sauce is lightly sweetened and tossed with salty pieces of beef. Sliced mushrooms are mixed in, as they should be, and the creamy stew is neatly plated next to a delicate pile of white rice and crunchy stick potatoes. It’s definitely the kind of meal that leaves you feeling FULL, especially if you lick the plate clean, which is hard not to do. 72 Bedford St., at Commerce Street — Carla Vianna, reporter

Spicy chicken at Tartine

A white plate with chicken, guacamole, and french fries
Spicy chicken at Tartine
Tartine [Official]

Tartine is the kind of restaurant you feel lucky to stumble upon. It’s not pushing any culinary boundaries or drawing in any sort of scene, but the straightforward French bistro on a quiet street in a tony part of the West Village is consistent and charming. The menu has classics like escargot and steak au poivre, and then there’s the spicy chicken ($21). The restaurant’s most popular entree, it does not seem remotely French: chicken in a spicy, tart sauce — it’s made with garlic, butter, chile spices, vodka, and lemon juice — served with guacamole and fries. Perhaps the best part of all? Tartine is BYOB. 253 West 11th St., at West Fourth Street — Stefanie Tuder, senior editor

Vongole pizza at Brunetti

Brunetti opened a few years ago near Abingdon Square, a larger branch of a very small and excellent pizzeria in the Hamptons. Aside from occupying a cozy and comfortable premises with a skylit courtyard out back, its virtue lies in pies of limited size turned out from a wood-burning oven. The best reflects the terroir of the original branch and features freshly dredged clams from a supplier in Long Island. This pie ($25) provides one of the city’s few real challenges to the famous clam pies of New Haven, via a whole wheat crust and heavy sluicing of butter, garlic, and parsley. 626 Hudson St, between Horatio and Jane streets, West Village — Robert Sietsema

Salt and pepper bagel at High Street on Hudson

The salt and pepper bagel at High Street
High Street’s salt and pepper bagel
Ryan Sutton/Eater

Melissa Weller, one of the country’s most celebrated bakers, is back in New York, plying her starchy trade at High Street on Hudson. One could call any number of her creations essential, from the fragrant cardamom cinnamon bun to the intensely nutty sesame kouign-amann, but there’s something particularly striking about the salt bagel ($2). Weller uses fleur de sel instead of the traditional rock pretzel salt, imbuing the creation with a lighter salinity, a gentle crunch, and, thanks to a dose of pepper, a gently warming heat. The bagel itself, sporting a dense chew, is smaller than most Big Apple specimens; it functions more as a snack than a meal replacement. 637 Hudson St., between Gansevoort and Horatio streets — Ryan Sutton, chief critic

Salmon rillettes at Buvette

Salmon gets mixed into a silky pile onto a piece of toast, all sitting above mixed greens
Buvette’s salmon rillettes
Stefanie Tuder/Eater

Everyone knows to order the fluffy steam-scrambled eggs draped with prosciutto at Buvette, but I’d like to make the case for the salmon rillettes on toast ($17). Chef Jody Williams — the woman behind other West Village favorites like Via Carota — combines chunks of smoked and steamed salmon in a silky mixture that verges just on the line of too much. But shallots cooked in horseradish and lemon juice add some tang, while crème fraîche and butter smooth it all out. An acidic side salad with fat, salty capers is a nice foil to it all. I’ve long thought of Buvette as impossible to get into, but the crowds have slightly mellowed out over the years. 42 Grove St., between Bleecker and Bedford streets — Stefanie Tuder, senior editor

Ramyun at Jeju Noodle Bar

JeJu in the West Village is the only stateside noodle soup spot to hold a coveted Michelin star; not a single U.S. Japanese ramen shack can claim that honor. Perhaps accordingly Jeju, helmed by Brooklyn Fare alum Douglas Kim, serves as the city’s most expensive venue of this type. Truffle ramen runs $35, while a wagyu version commands $39. But fortunately, the more affordable varieties ($18 to $19) are the best move here. So ramyun, forged from veal broth, causes the lips to gently stick together, while gochu ramyun gets the job done with a traditionally spicy pork broth. Both act as powerful flavoring agents for the firm, chewy noodles. 679 Greenwich St., at Christopher Street — Ryan Sutton, chief critic

A red bowl of noodle soup is topped with slices of pork and accompanied by a white napkin and wooden chopsticks.
Jeju’s ramyun
Gary He/Eater

Stuffed garlic flatbread at Don Angie

I have an affinity for the finer things in life: garlic, cheese, and carbs. The garlic stuffed flatbread ($11) at Don Angie stunningly delivers on each these. This isn’t a regular garlic bread app: It’s a sesame-studded flatbread stuffed with a stretchy combination of stracchino and Parmesan cheeses, doused in garlic, plated like a thin and crisp quesadilla, and cut like a pizza into eight slices. In the middle, the flatbread is hot and gooey with melted cheese, reminiscent of a New York slice. But on the outer edges, the crust yields a delightful crunch. It’s so good that I hate to split it — even though it’s technically “for the table,” as the menu suggests. 103 Greenwich Ave., at West 12th Street — Carla Vianna, reporter

Cacio e pepe Fiaschetteria Pistoia

A knife and fork accompany a white bowl with a a black border, filled with fat spaghetti noodles.
Cacio e pepe
Fiaschetteria Pistoia [Official]

Tiny, Tuscan Italian restaurant Fiaschetteria Pistoia first charmed New Yorkers in Alphabet City, and thankfully, its (even smaller) West Village location is just as alluring. The shabby wooden tables are just as close together, the service just as warm, and the wine, just as reasonably priced. While it’s gotten nearly impossible to walk into Via Carota for dinner without a hefty wait, Fiaschetteria Pistoia remains far more accessible, and its cacio e pepe ($22) might just be competitive with Via Carota’s stunning version. The fat, slightly curled hand-rolled spaghetti is as chewy as it looks, and each noodle is evenly slicked with a prime version of the creamy, salty, and black pepper-loaded sauce that’s made cacio e pepe popular across the city. 114 Christopher St., near Bedford Street — Serena Dai, editor

Masala chai at Taco Mahal

For a quick pick-me-up in the neighborhood, pop into this fast-casual Indian joint for a quick to-go cup of its masala chai. It costs $2.50 and is made properly with boiled milk, sugar, and ginger root. As a bonus, the food here is good, too. 73 Seventh Ave., at Barrow Street — Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, associate reporter

Egg breakfast at La Bonbonniere

Don’t be fooled by the French name! This timeworn diner has been a mainstay of Eighth Avenue for decades, and it’s actually the best place in the West Village to spot movie stars and their kids. But it’s also one of the few places in town to fry sunny side eggs just right, the edges crisp, the whites entirely set, with the yolk still runny. Have a pair with sage sausage or bacon and the usual cottage fries ($8.50). The blueberry pancakes are memorable, too, and breakfasts are available all day. Another plus: the café served as a setting for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel under the name City Spoon. 28 Eighth Ave, between West 12th and West 4th streets, West Village — Robert Sietsema, senior critic

A white plate with two over-easy eggs, potatoes, and long link sausages, accompanied by a white cup of coffee and a small plate of toast with  butter on top.
The egg breakfast at La Bonbonniere
Robert Sietsema/Eater

Shiso Gin and Tonic at Katana Kitten

A drink in a clear mug with large shiso leaves
Shiso gin and tonic
Katana Kitten [Official]

Japanese cocktail bar Katana Kitten is a cocktail bar that serves smart drinks — but never, ever takes itself too seriously. It’s dark without being moody and lively without being overwhelmingly loud, and mustachioed bartender Masahiro Urushido always seems to be there with a huge, earnest grin on his face, making it impossible to be in a bad mood while there. Most of the drinks are both highly drinkable with a dash of complexity, and that same approach goes for the shiso gin and tonic ($16), which comes in a big clear mug and is a bright and refreshing version of a classic with a slight addition of the Japanese herb. For snacks, the mortadella katsu sando is fatty bar food at its most satisfying. 531 Hudson St., near Charles Street — Serena Dai, editor

Shakshuka at Mémé Mediterranean

A shallow white bowl is filled with bright red sauce and eggs, surrounded by slices of pita.
Shakshuka
Robert Sietsema/Eater

One of the neighborhood’s most crowded brunch spots is undoubtedly the Butcher’s Daughter just across the street from Bleecker Playground, but much better is the place next door, Mémé Mediterranean. On the brunch menu loaded with food from Israel, France, Turkey, and Italy, find Jewish-Moroccan signature shakshuka ($17) — a ceramic casserole of poached eggs in a thick sauce of tomatoes and peppers that delivers sweetness and a slight chile burn. Optional merguez sausages ($5) come on the side, and outdoor seating is available on the sidewalk. 581 Hudson St, at Bank Street, West Village — Robert Sietsema, senior critic

Mémé Mediterranean

607 10th Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10036 (917) 262-0827 Visit Website

Brunetti

626 Hudson Street, Manhattan, NY 10014 (212) 255-5699 Visit Website

Tartine

7217 Perrier Street, , LA 70118 (504) 866-4860 Visit Website

Katana Kitten

531 Hudson Street, Manhattan, NY 10014 (212) 243-3007 Visit Website

Fiaschetteria "Pistoia"

647 East 11th Street, Manhattan, NY 10009 (212) 777-3355 Visit Website

High Street on Hudson

637 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 (917) 388-3944 Visit Website

La Bonbonniere

28 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014 (212) 741-9266

Buvette

42 Grove Street, Manhattan, NY 10014 (212) 255-3590 Visit Website

Jeju Noodle Bar

679 Greenwich Street, Manhattan, NY 10014 (646) 666-0947 Visit Website

Don Angie

103 Greenwich Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10014 (212) 889-8884 Visit Website
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