The 13 Best Restaurants in the West Village Right Now

Which restaurant in the West Village is the best?

Are you looking for the best restaurants in the West Village of NYC? Then you’ve come to the right place – because I’ll show you the hippest and most authentic places where New Yorkers hang out in the West Village. The choice of restaurants in the western part of New York’s Village is huge – so there’s bound to be something for you!

You can expect many relaxed, good and romantic spots here, because the West Village is a residential area. To quickly and easily see which spot is near you, you can find all the restaurants of the West Village on an interactive map.

By the way: you’ll find many more New York City spots in our Loving New York travel guides!

My Favorite Restaurants in West Village

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    Drift In

    Sea Food Restaurant in West Village
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    The Drift In is one of my latest new discoveries in New York: it’s located right on the Hudson River promenade in the West Village. They serve oysters and the best lobster roll in town – no wonder, the team behind the Drift In is the same as at my beloved PILOT Brooklyn and GRAND BANKs. Just great!

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    Hudson Clearwater

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    This beautiful little restaurant has everything I like: it is cozy, beautifully decorated, the food is delicious and in summer you can sit together romantically in a small courtyard!

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    Móle

    Mexican Restaurant in West Village
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    Looking for a large variety of tequilas to try? Móle is known for having over 125 different types of tequilas, all made with 100% blue agave. Although they serve many of the classics, the house special drinks include ‘El Diablo’ and ‘El Vampiro,’ two spicy cocktails with Don Reyes Tequila. 

    Móle is also, of course, famous for its móle, which is imported from Mexico. The móle is handmade by Doña Emelia for complete authenticity and then used to enhance the flavor of the dishes. The chicken ‘enchiladas de mole poblanos’ are absolutely amazing and the best item on the menu.

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    5 Guys Burger and Fries

    Burger Spot in West Village
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    Just like Shake Shack, the 5 Guys Burger and Fries have become a burger chain that is very popular. Again, the good ingredients are the basis of everything – if you’re looking for a 5 Guys in New York, there are several of them!

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    Boucherie

    French Restaurant in West Village
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    Around NYC, you’ll find four Boucherie sister restaurants, all of which will offer a special menu for Thanksgiving dinner. The dinner will consist of a roasted turkey smothered with truffle ballotine, brussels sprouts, sweet potato au gratin, cranberry compote, chanterelles, and turkey for $48 per person. This year’s famed dessert is priced at $15 for a slice of cheesecake topped with spiced caramel and pecans. 

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    Decoy

    Asian Restaurant in West Village
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    Here you get the best Peking duck in town. The restaurant is well known beyond the city limits.

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    Jack's Wife Freda

    Vegetarian Restaurant in West Village
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    The trendy café is a magnet for lovers of healthy, authentic cuisine. One could describe it as: “South African Israeli Jewish Grandmother Cuisine”. At Jack’s Wife Freda, the cuisine is predominantly vegan, kosher and, of course, low-calorie.

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    Jekyll & Hyde Club

    American Restaurant in West Village
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    For a Halloween theme restaurant in NYC that goes all out, you’ve got to make a stop by the Jekyll & Hyde Club. Offering one of New York’s most unusual dinner experiences, you can expect a wide range of continuous live entertainment, special effects, and bizarre characters. From Frankenstein’s monster and Tobias the Werewolf to the legendary transformation of Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde, this restaurant will keep you on your toes.

    More than just a good time, this is also a delicious dinner spot with over 60 menu items to scare away your hunger. In addition to the Create-Your-Own Monster Burger and the Mummy, the Jekyll & Hyde Club has an impressive list of American and foreign draught beers.

    For more on this entertaining, only-in-New-York experience, visit the official Jekyll & Hyde Club website.

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    Numero 28 Pizzeria

    Italian Restaurant in West Village
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    If you’re looking for authentic Neapolitan pizza, look no further than Numero 28 Pizzeria. This spot is dedicated to serving up the best pizza in the city, and they definitely succeed. All of their pizzas are made with fresh ingredients and cooked in a wood-fired oven for an unbeatable flavor.

    What makes Numero 28 so great is that you can taste the difference in their pizza. Not only do they have classic options like cheese and pepperoni, but they also have more unique flavors like mozzarella, mushrooms, and truffle oil or their five formaggi, made with five different kinds of cheese. Plus, if you’re feeling really hungry, they also offer other high-quality dining options like chicken parm, broccoli rabe, or baked ziti along with calzones, sandwiches, and salads.

    If you’re looking for a fantastic pizza experience, be sure to check out Numero 28 Pizzeria. Not only do they have some of the best pizza in the city, but their unique flavors will leave you wanting more. Plus, their atmosphere is perfect for groups or date nights alike.

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    One if by Land, Two if by Sea

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    One if by Land, Two if by Sea has the reputation to be the city’s most romantic restaurant and has also been voted the 5th most romantic restaurant in the world – for good reasons. The former carriage house, built in 1767, does not only stand out due to its charming architecture but also due to its rich history. The property was once owned by the United States’ first Attorney General Aaron Burr

    After the duel in which he shot Alexander Hamilton, he lost the property and it was later repurposed until it became the restaurant we love today. The decor is simply beautiful. On top of that, One if by Land, Two if by Sea features several fireplaces, a piano, and a garden. As you may imagine, the food is absolutely amazing, too. The restaurant is said to be the most popular restaurant in New York for engagements, too.

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    Petite Boucherie

    French Restaurant in West Village
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    Petite Boucherie is a small relaxed French restaurant with sensational steak fries and a great Wagyu truffle burger. But they can also do steaks and have nice selection of wines.

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    Tacombi

    Mexican Restaurant in West Village
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    Check out Tacombi for a kitschy, fun, and lively atmosphere with delicious authentic tacos. All of the tacos are served out of a classic red Volkswagen bus to capture the vacation in Mexico vibes. Their top tacos include the flavorful carne asada tacos with Sonoran style Holstein beef and their slow-roasted pork carnitas. Make sure to eat these with their refreshing agua frescas, such as the agua de sandia (watermelon) and agua de piña (pineapple). Aside from serving some of the best tacos in NYC, they fight food insecurity by donating thousands of Mexican dinners to people in need. 

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    Urban Vegan Kitchen Restaurant

    Vegetarian Restaurant in West Village
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    A restaurant in the West Village that specializes in vegan dishes.

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    Wallsé

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    The Wallsé in the West Village is a modern European restaurant and offers a four-course menu at Christmas for about $150 per person. The menu features traditional dishes such as Christmas goose, venison loin and delicious gingerbread soufflé. Drinks are not included in the price. The atmosphere in the restaurant is noble and relaxed and the interior decoration is tastefully chosen.

The Best Restaurants in West Village on the map

A map with all restaurants in West Village can be found here – just click on “FULL MAP” if you want to see more. You can click on each restaurant on the map to find out everything you need to know.

About the author
Steffen

I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On my blog I show you the best and most beautiful spots of the city, so that you have a really good time! You can also find lots of insider tips in our New York travel guide. Also check out my hotel finder for New York!

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