Wilfie & Nell is a cozy little bar situated right on the edge of that part of the West Village that you might also know as "the vortex". We've lived in New York City for almost eight years and even with Google Maps, Hopstop and a few orienteering courses, we still get turned around down here. Luckily, there are plenty of good reasons to find yourself lost in the neighborhood, and this place is one of them.
Seeing as how we're writing about it on this site, you would be right to assume that Wilfie & Nell is a restaurant - they serve not only dinner but now brunch, and the menu was originally curated by Momofuku alumni and Brooklyn Star owner Joaquin Baca. But it is first and foremost a place you come to drink, rather than a place you come to eat. Consider it an added bonus that the bar food you'll likely be eating while standing near a tiny ledge is pretty good. Tables fill up quickly, as do the bar seats, and thirty people can make the place feel crowded thanks to low ceilings and strange layout. Nonetheless, it's a vibey bar that will get you cool points on a date, or maybe even land you one for later in the week. Just try not to spill mustard on your pants while you eat in the corner.
Pigs In Blankets
We're no stranger to the common folk pigs in blankets, made with packaged mini hot dogs and Pilsbury croissant dough. We love those. Wilfie & Nell's are more of a gastropub version with a sausage instead of a hot dog, and they're wrapped in bacon. Not bad, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Shredded pork on a nice fluffy little bun. These can be a little dry, but throw on a pickle and some of the mustard that comes on the side, and they're at the very least serviceable.Grilled Cheese
Far and away the best thing on the menu at Wilfie & Nell, and one of the best grilled cheeses we've eaten. Served on Blue Ribbon Pullman with perfectly gooey cheese and caramelized onions. Excellent.Fries
Really good thick cut fries, served with malt vinegar, which we love.