No doubt, the West Village is one of the city's loveliest neighborhoods, composed of stately brownstones dating from the 1840s through the 1880s, modest small storefronts, a country church with formal gardens, and reclaimed port and industrial architecture turned into lofts, galleries, and coffee shops.
The borders of the neighborhood are open to discussion, but we’ve taken them to be the Hudson River and Seventh Avenue on the west and east, and Houston Street and 14th Street on the south and north, not including the Meat Packing District in the northwest corner of the region. Though the neighborhood is known as a wealthy one, the prices at its restaurants range from expensive to surprisingly modest, with an equally impressive range of dishes that run to steak frites, a fresh sardine banh mi, an old-fashioned Spanish paella that satisfies two or three, and a Swiss fondue service with your choice of bubbling cheese.
Here are 22 of Eater senior critic Robert Sietsema's picks for great West Village eats.
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