The roast chicken at 232 Bleecker - the first full-service restaurant from the people behind the fast-casual chain, Dig - is a strong contender for our guide, Where To Go When You Want A Really Good Roast Chicken. Pick something out from the excellent wine list, and share the juicy, salty half-bird with a date while sitting at the chef’s counter. Other entrees, like undersalted scallops and tagliatelle drenched in liquidy sauce, aren’t as enjoyable. So if you want anything besides the chicken, stick to the vegetable-focused small plates like caramelized carrots with hot honey and airy ricotta.
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Rossopomodoro isn’t the best Italian restaurant in the West Village, and it isn’t the second or third-best either. But it’s still a useful place.
Sometimes you don’t want brunch. Sometimes you want breakfast at noon. There’s a difference. La Bonbonniere is a Village safe haven from all things hollandaise, and one of the best true breakfast joints in town.
Old Rose is a casual spot in the bottom of a hotel in the West Village where you can get some solid, affordable Italian/American food.
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Belle Reve is a sort of bar/gastropub that’s known to turn into a full on party from time to time. The food is good, but the partying is better.
Frankel’s is a Jewish deli in the same vein as Russ & Daughters, but on its own level entirely.
Death & Co
Death & Co. feels like it was built just for us. The drink list is ridiculous…it’s nearly impossible to settle on something because each beverage is intriguing and awesome. And thankfully the food doesn’t suck either.
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The Loyal is a slightly old-school American restaurant in the West Village from the chef behind Narcissa and Nix. It’s upscale, but not too uptight.
Malaparte is the charming West Village Italian restaurant you thought was only a figment of your imagination.
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