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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CK14 - The Crooked Knife
The food at CK-14 won’t blow your mind, but the friendly staff, huge patio, and strong drinks make up for it.
Dominique Ansel Kitchen
Dominique Ansel Kitchen is a West Village cafe that serves some of the best baked goods in the city.
The Rooftop At The Jane
The Rooftop at The Jane closes early for a bar (10 p.m., usually), but it’s a great low-key spot for outdoor drinks near the Meatpacking District.
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Castell Rooftop Lounge
Castell Rooftop Lounge is the upscale bar on top of the AC Hotel in the Garment District. Drinks are pricey here, but there’s a nice outdoor patio.
Walter's has mastered the art of the perfect neighborhood restaurant. Plus, we're pretty sure it's named after a dog.
Wildair is a casual wine bar on the Lower East Side, attached to the acclaimed tasting menu restaurant Contra.
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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.
The Spaniard is a big West Village gastropub that’s a fun place to get drinks with a group, and a less enjoyable spot to eat elevated bar food.
Miss Ada is a small, comfortable spot in Fort Greene with great Israeli food and an outdoor garden in the back.
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