I chose to highlight New York’s West Village because its where i spend the most time. It’s an area i’ve come to love for its bustling energy, creative environment, and crazy nightlife. Here you can find some of the best musical talents often playing at The Bitter End, Village Underground, or Cafe Wha?. The popularity of standup comedy is quickly taking over the areas main focus for entertainment and none does it better than the Comedy Cellar on Macdougal street. But most importantly there’s an incredible selection of restaurants for whatever your mood, which takes me to this next post.
The following is a list of my favorite affordable eats in the West Village; from quick bites to special sit downs, the West Village offers an abundance of flavors, fantastic atmosphere and phenomenal food.
B R E A F A S T
Jack’s Wife Freda: This Mediterranean inspired breakfast & brunch spot is one of my favorites. The food is delicious, flavorful, colorful, and filling. The green shakshuka with two eggs is always tops on my list. Jack’s Wife Freda also offers great atmosphere where you are sure to bump into stylish clientele or perhaps even a blogger or two. Its gained popularity has become a place to be seen.
L U N C H
Saigon Shack (Vietnamese) It’s embarrassing how often i go here. They know me by name and my order is in before i even make my way to counter. Their claim to fame in my book is their pipping hot deliciously comforting classic beef pho. I can’t say enough about this staple. A close second is their lemon grass chicken over rice. This place also gets pretty packed as its flooded by NYU students but its worth every second. And top it all its affordable.
Miyabi Sushi (Japanese): Miyabi is my favorite spot for sushi. Fresh, delicious, and great service. It’s a very calming ambiance perfect for lunch meetings. Now when it comes to sushi i don’t venture much but i have never been disappointed with my staples, salmon avocado roll and sweet potato tempura roll.
Olive Tree Cafe (American/Middle Eastern):The Olive Tree’s kitchen is currently under construction as i write this but i felt it would be an injustice not to include it as i basically lived here. This place is a like a real second home to me so i am partial. Everyone is family and we know each other pretty well, from the cooks, bus boys, servers, to management, owners and performing comedians below at the Comedy Cellar. High traffic via the Cellar demanded for an overhaul and a slight change of menu (so i hear). The food is made fresh and the flavors keep you coming back. My personal favorites and one i hope they never remove from the menu are: the chicken kabob plater, the borscht, and the wide selection of salads. The new kitchen is likely schedule to be open by late fall. I cannot wait.
Pepe Rosso to Go SOHO (Italian): This tiny hole in the wall is the best fast-food Italian I have ever had. I say fast food because you don’t wait more than ten minutes before getting your steaming hot, well seasoned meal. I live for this place especially during the winter months. The place itself is very small with very limited seating which can feel a little cramped but its not a deal breaker. A personal favorite of mine is the Penne Vodka with Pancetta. Affordable.
D I N N E R
Cuba (cuban): Traditional hardy Cuban, Latin and Spanish meals. Perfect spot for a dinner date with live conga music and handmade cigars rolled on the spot. A beautiful extended patio area covered by a white canopy is the perfect spot for celebrating special occasions with friends.
A L L T I M E
Joe’s Pizza: There’s nothing like Joe’s Pizza at any time of day. This popular West Village spot is always buzzing and busy. It really is a staple of the neighborhood and a favorite of spiderman. One bite of their slice and you can easily see why folks keep coming back.