Greenwich Village has one of the most vibrant dining scenes in New York City. You’ll find something to suit every taste and budget, whether you’re looking for the best pizza or a farm-to-table experience.
It’s also dripping in history, and you can eat and drink in the same places frequented by legendary artists, from Hemingway to Springsteen. From the best bagels to the best wine bar, we’ve rounded up the top places to eat in Greenwich Village.
Best Greenwich Village restaurants
Best pizza: Bleecker Street Pizza
Bleecker Street Pizza is not only the best pizza in Greenwich Village, but the whole of New York City. It tops ‘best pizza’ lists year after year and attracts celebrities from all over the world, from Hugh Jackman to Kristen Bell. Bleecker is most famous for their thin and crispy Nonna pizza, and you can pick up a slice for less than $3.
69 7th Avenue
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Best bagels: Murray’s Bagels
New York bagels are an icon of the city, and Murray’s Bagels are the best in Greenwich Village. They have a delightfully chewy dough and a light golden crust, and they’re served fresh – just the way they should be. Opened in 1996, Murray’s Bagels now serve up bagels in 15 flavours including sesame and cinnamon raisin.
500 Sixth Avenue
Best burger: Minetta Tavern
Minetta Tavern was once a local speakeasy and bar frequented by the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Dylan Thomas, Eugene O’Neill and E.E. Cummings. Today, it’s one of the best Greenwich Village restaurants – it even once held a Michelin star. They serve one of the best burgers in all of New York City, along with dishes like escargot and Parisian steak.
113 MacDougal Street
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Best cheese: Murray’s Cheese Bar
Murray’s Cheese is a Greenwich Village institution. It originally opened in 1940 as a specialty cheese shop, and in 2012, a cheese-focused restaurant opened a few doors down.
It’s now one of the most popular places to eat in Greenwich Village, and you can indulge in the finest cheeses and dishes like fondue and macaroni and cheese. The expert cheesemongers are on hand to help you choose your cheese and pair them with an excellent craft beer and wine list.
264 Bleecker Street
Best vegetarian: Nix
Nix may be a fully vegetarian restaurant, but that doesn’t mean it’s all healthy. They offer a decadent vegetarian cuisine, and you’ll find hearty dishes like creamy polenta and butter-drenched pasta. Try the spiced eggplant tandoor bread or steamed buns filled with cauliflower.
72 University Place
Best Mediterranean: Shuka
If you’re in the mood for Mediterranean food, head to Shuka. The menu is inspired by the chef’s travels through Spain, North Africa and Israel. You can sample dishes like kebabs, shakshuka, dips and fried halloumi, and desserts like cinnamon rolls and chocolate babka French toast.
38 MacDougal Street
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Best Indian: Babu Ji
Greenwich Village food is inspired by cuisine from all over the world, and you can sample delicious Indian food at Babu Ji. You’ll find a menu combining street food with modern Indian dishes, such as the classic butter chicken or spicy flash-fried cauliflower. You can order à la carte or try a variety of dishes with the tasting menu.
22 E 13th Street
Best farm to table: Blue Hill
Blue Hill is a fantastic farm-to-table restaurant located in a former speakeasy. The menu is known to change depending on what’s available, and you’ll always eat the freshest food. Sample locally grown vegetables, meat, fish and butter from cows that graze at a farm just outside of New York.
75 Washington Place
Fresh food market: Union Square Greenmarket
If you want to sample fresh delicacies from the same place the top Greenwich chef’s get their produce, head to the Union Square Greenmarket. It’s located on the north and west sides of Union Square Park and is one of the best places to eat locally grown food in Greenwich Village. It’s open year-round, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
E 17th St &, Union Square W
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Best Greenwich Village bars
Best wine bar: Amelie Wine Bar
This elegant wine bar is one of the best in New York, with an extensive list of superb French wines. You’ll find a menu with French favourites like duck confit and beef tartare, but Amelie is really all about the wines. If you have trouble choosing, the sommeliers are on hand to help you pair your wine with your meal.
22 W Eighth Street
Best negroni: Dante
Dante is the best Greenwich Village bar to drink cocktails – especially negronis. They have an exhaustive cocktail menu including a section with 12 different negronis. The classic negroni is on tap and a glass costs $10 between 3pm and 6pm.
You can also sip on other cocktails, from martinis to mojitos, and share Spanish-inspired small plates of pasta, cheese, flatbreads and salads.
79-81 MacDougal Street
Best music with your drinks: Café Wha?
Café Wha? is a Village institution and the place where music legends like Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen got their start in the 1960s. Today, they have nightly live shows with the fantastic house band, and you can watch the shows from a leather booth in the original grungy basement.
If you get hungry, head next door to Mamoun’s for one of the best falafel sandwiches in New York City, or wander down the street for some mouth-watering Belgian fries at Pommes Frites.
115 MacDougal Street at Minetta Lane
Have you tried any of these Greenwich Village restaurants and bars? Let us know your favourite places to eat in Greenwich Village in the comments.