The Banty Rooster is a rare example of a West Village place that exceeded our expectations. At first glance, this casual American spot feels like countless other places in the area serving potato fritters and short rib. But then you’ll notice that the fritters are served with salt cod aioli and the short rib crumbles when you dip it in the side of ancho barbecue sauce. Between the food, big space, and affordable wine offerings, this place should be at the top of your list for your next group dinner in the West Village.
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While We Were Young
While We Were Young is a tiny, photogenic restaurant in the West Village that’s perfect for feeling claustrophobic while you pick at green waffles.
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The new West Village outpost of Jack's Wife Freda is the same as the original, with a bigger, more comfortable space.
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Waterfront Ale House
Waterfront Ale House is a restaurant and bar in Kips Bay that’s useful for a pre-movie drink.
Hart’s is a tiny place in Bed-Stuy with great, unpretentious food and a constantly changing menu.
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Fedora is in the basement of a townhouse in the West Village, and it feels like a dinner party in a speakeasy that your friends happen to own.
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