15 Top Greenwich Village Restaurants

Updated: 6 abril 2024

Below are 15 of the best restaurants in Greenwich Village with a variety of cuisines and price ranges.

You'll find American, Italian, French, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Vietnamese and even Vegan! Plus, we list a few of NYC's best pizza places.

To try some of the other delectable foods in the neighborhood, join us for our pay-what-you-wish Greenwich Village Foor Tour!

As a local walking tour company, we take thousands of visitors each month around the streets of Greenwich Village and a very common question that we get is where to eat.

We also run the popular NYC Travel Tips Facebook group.

We asked our members where they felt the best Greenwich Village restaurants were, and we used some of them for our list.

Greenwich Village Restaurants

The group is made up of locals, like our tour guides, regular visitors to NYC, and those just getting to know the city.

There's no need to join the group to read the posts, comments, and recommendations.

So, check us out when you are done reading this post.

Here are 15 of the best Greenwich Village restaurants that NY diners have been enjoying for years.

If the locals love them, chances are you will too!

Prices are per person and include an entree only. Appetizers, desserts, and beverages are extra.

We've noted the price point as follows:

  • $10 and under = ($)
  • $20 to $30 = ($$)
  • $30 and upwards = ($$$)

TIP: Many excellent Greenwich Village restaurants are included in Restaurant Week, a bi-annual event when select restaurants in NYC offer special prix-fixe menus for an incredible deal!

1. John's of Bleecker Street ($$)

278 Bleecker Street

Serving coal-fired oven pizza pies since 1929. Still run by the original family, this is one of the best pizzerias in NYC.

Johns of Bleecker Street

They only serve pies, but you will have no problem gobbling down an entire small pie between two people. It's a great choice for families and groups.

If pizza doesn't strike your fancy, you can order one of the few Italian dishes on the menu, but stick with what John's has been doing for nearly a century

Cash only.

2. Mamoun's Falafel ($)

119 MacDougal Street

This tiny shop opened in 1971 and was the first falafel restaurant in New York.

Their falafel sandwiches are large, cheap, and delicious. 

Mamouns Falafel

You can order their other shawarma or kebab, equally as good as the falafel. Try the house hot sauce if you dare.

Mamoun’s Falafel is a stop on our pay-what-you-wish Greenwich Village Foor Tour.

3. Pommes Frites ($)

128 MacDougal Street

This small take-out shop is dedicated to one thing - fried potatoes.

We’d say french fries but pommes frites is a Belgian dish.

Their fries are wonderful on their own, but with one of their 30 sauces, they taste sublime.

Pommes Frites

Try sauces like Roasted Garlic Aioli, Vietnamese Pineapple, TLC (Tequila, Lime, Chipotle), Black Truffle Mayo, Pomegranate Teriyaki, and so many more!

4. Artichoke Pizza ($)

111 MacDougal Street

Their signature slice is thick-crusted, with creamy white sauce layered with pieces of artichoke and covered with a generous portion of mozzarella cheese. 

Artichoke Pizza

One slice is enough to split among two people.

The sauce recipe is a guarded secret, known only by a few members of the family who opened the first of several locations in 2008!

5. Saigon Shack ($)

114 Macdougal Street

Above-average Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches with a choice of meats on a French baguette.

Try the spicy beef brisket or the Peking duck.

Saigon Shack

Get a bowl of Pho (noodle soup) with a variety of meats and vegetables.

Entrees like grilled pork, flank steak, and lemongrass chicken served over rice noodles are light and flavourful.

6. Bleecker Street Pizza ($)

69 7th Avenue.

Their Nonna Maria slice represents the best of New York-style pizza thin, crispy crust, a juicy sauce of crushed tomatoes seasoned with basil, topped with splotches of fresh mozzarella cheese.

Bleecker Street Pizza

Their other slices are amazing as well. Slices cost $3.00 and up depending on the topping.

7. Red Bamboo ($$)

140 West 4th Street

A top-notch vegan restaurant so good that you can’t tell the difference between their vegan meatball sub and the real thing.

Red Bamboo

Vegan versions of American classics like buffalo wings and Chinese dishes like Sweet and Sour Chicken. The Popcorn Shrimp will have you fooled!

A peaceful atmosphere to sit down and rest from your sightseeing.

8. Buvette ($$)

42 Grove Street

This casual cafe-style restaurant will transport you to Paris with French classics done right.


Delectable dishes like Coq Au Vin, Moules Frites, and Croque Monsieur with eggs on top are served at reasonable prices.

West Villagers have been coming to Buvette for years. Now that the secret is out, the wait for a table has gotten a bit longer. Stick around -- you won't regret it.

9. Ofrenda ($$)

113 7th Ave South.

Solid Mexican fare in a lively atmosphere. It's a great place for happy hour.


Try one of their tasty margaritas, including their smokey jalapeño margarita and prickly pear margarita.

10. Carroll Place

157 Bleecker Street.

This Italian restaurant serves individual pizzas as well as pasta.

Carroll Place

Those with diet preferences will be pleased about the option to substitute cheese on their pizza with vegan cheese. Pasta can also be made gluten-free.

Downstairs is a cozy bar serving craft beers. Reservations accepted.

11. Jane ($$$)

100 W. Houston Street.

An American bistro with a casual vibe serving brunch, lunch, and dinner. Jane has been making New Yorkers happy since 2005.

Dinner favorites are Pan Seared Salmon with quinoa, Japanese eggplant, baby bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, and miso. The Shrimp Mac 'n' Cheese ain't too bad either!


Brunch is especially popular with French toast to die for. You can make reservations, but walk-ins are also accepted.

There may be a 10-20 minute wait though. 

12. The Little Owl ($$$)

98 Bedford Street

This cozy restaurant sits at the base of one of the most famous buildings in NYC pop culture - the “Friends” building

Rachel and Monica and the gang never ate here, possibly because the superb food comes at steep prices.

Main dishes start at $26, and that's for a cheeseburger. But you’d better believe it’s one heck of a cheeseburger!

We recommend you go for brunch as prices are comparable to other nearby spots and the food is yummy.

13. Minetta Tavern  ($$$)

113 MacDougal Street.

This Michelin-starred French restaurant has old-school charm, with leather booths and an impressive history.

It was once a speakeasy frequented by authors Ernest Hemingway, Eugene O'Neill, and Dylan Thomas.

Minetta Tavern

Now this upscale eatery serves one of the very best (and most expensive) hamburgers in town, their Black Label Burger grilled to perfection.

Finish off your meal with their divine chocolate Soufflé.

14. Loring Place NYC

21 W. 8th Street

In the heart of Greenwich Village is this New American restaurant that could easily fit in with the upscale mainstays in Midtown Manhattan.

The menu is “vegetable-forward”, using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

Loring Place

Though not exclusively vegetarian, many of their non-meat dishes are their best. The baked Ricotta cheese is a stand-out.

They also serve incredible burgers and pan pizzas with unusual toppings.

15. Blue Hill ($$$)

75 Washington Place

The family-style fixed menu showcases farm-to-table food. Flavors are so complex that you likely have never tasted anything like them before.

Blue Hill

The service is attentive and the ambiance is relaxed. There are just too many unique dishes to say which is their best!

Reservations are a must. 

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Courtney Shapiro

Courtney is a lifelong New Yorker fascinated with the city’s history, culture and cuisine. She loves exploring the world, as well as sharing her travel expertise with others. She joined the Free Tours by Foot team in 2011, first as a guide and then as a writer. She has a law degree, a teaching degree and a worn-out passport. Her motto is “Have backpack, will travel”. READ MORE...
Updated: abril 6th, 2024
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