Restaurants have always been a vital part of any New York City neighborhood. One of the greatest perks of being a New Yorker is the vast array of places we have to eat on any given night, even during a global pandemic–but over the past year, they did even more, banding together to feed those in need in their community and sending countless meals to frontline workers during COVID’s darkest days here last spring.
So now that summer’s here again, and the city’s back open in a way that seemed almost unfathomable during our long, dark Covid winter, let the multi-block party begin… even if that means ordering in – through Seamless we can keep the feeling alive with a great meal, made with love, delivered directly to our home. The choices of cuisine are staggering. The ordering couldn’t be easier. And it’s definitely the most delicious way to support your local favorites or try something new. When you donate the change on your Seamless order, your donation will go to the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce to support LGBTQ+-owned restaurants impacted by the pandemic.
Gothamist and Seamless have teamed up to celebrate amazing restaurants over the coming weeks that, whether they’re a few blocks from your place or a bike ride away, are NYC favorites that we think you’ll love too. First up: the West Village. Here’s a look at some of our favorite options for a delicious night out, or at home, comfy on the couch.
With its impossibly charming winding streets, its quirky layout (ever been to the corner of West 4th and West 10th Streets?), and all those gorgeous historic homes, much of the West Village feels virtually unchanged since the 1800s. The area also has the distinction of being home to one of New York City’s few national monuments, The Stonewall Inn, site of the 1969 riot that ignited the LGBTQ Rights Movement.
But even though it’s rich in history, this is not a sleepy part of town by any means, nor a neighborhood stuck in the past. In fact, many of the city’s most vital restaurants and popular bars sit tucked away on the side streets, or lining the bustling boulevards. And during the early part of the pandemic, the West Village was one of the first communities to come alive after the lockdown, embracing outdoor dining and keeping local favorites alive by ordering delivery via Seamless.
Since 1975, the Joe’s Pizza crew has been feeding all comers from their no-frills shops on Carmine Street, first on the corner down on Bleecker, and today a few doors up near Sixth Avenue. The reason for the constant crowds, even after all these years? Joe’s exceptional version of the classic NYC fold, a slice that’s perfectly balanced among its ingredients–crust, tomato sauce, cheese–and ideal for holding and folding and wolfing down from a paper plate. If you want to understand what NYC pizza is all about, Joe’s offers an excellent baseline. And they have plenty of locations these days, in the East Village, Williamsburg, Chelsea, Times Square, Park Slope, and the Financial District, among others.
That said, the city always has room for more new pizza, in as many styles as you can throw our way. Emily on Downing Street fires up a superb Detroit style pie, all thick and loaded with sometimes-crazy toppings; Denino’s on MacDougal Street is an offshoot of the Staten Island 1951 classic, and serves a great thin crust pie (their Clam Pizza is legendary); and Roey’s on Perry Street will make you a first-rate Neapolitan pie, with an emphasis on bright, fresh ingredients.
Joe’s Pizza is located at 7 Carmine Street (212-366-1182) – Order Now
Many of us have discovered that one of the most effective (and delicious) coping mechanisms throughout the pandemic has been ordering, and then quickly devouring, pints of ice cream from the best parlors around town. The Morgenstern’s Finest flagship on LaGuardia Place is a definite go-to, not only because they make some of the absolute best ice cream in NYC, but also because they have a whopping 88 different flavors from which to choose (if you’ve never been, Burnt Honey Vanilla, Salted Caramel Pretzel, and Peaches and Clotted Cream are great places to start). Get a bunch of pints at a time, add whatever toppings you want, and throw yourself a glorious home Sundae Sunday Party!
If baked goods are more your dessert thing, the West Village has you covered as well. Mah ze Dahr on Greenwich Avenue makes one of the best doughnuts you’ll ever eat in your life, among many other treats; Marble Dessert Bar, which serves an unforgettable, multi-course sweet feast at their Bedford Street location will also bake you some of their amazing cookies to order for delivery; and the fantastic Fabrique up on West 14th Street specializes in such Swedish delights as the rich Chokladboll, an amazing Cardamom Bun, and the city’s greatest brownie.
Morgenstern’s Finest is located at 88 West Houston Street (212-209-7684) – Order Now
Historic Hudson Street has plenty of good places to eat, but many New Yorkers are returning most often to the newish Anton’s, Nick Anderer’s excellent neighborhood spot featuring a menu loaded with classics. All the meat dishes are great, the Three Cheese Omelette might be the sleeper hit, and Anderer’s pastas are all phenomenal, especially the Hand Cut Angel Hair Francese with lemony chicken broth and garlic breadcrumbs and *especially* the hefty, spicy Bucatini Baczynsky, which comes loaded with chewy bacon lardons from the dish’s namesake Ukranian butcher across town. Just a very fun, happy place with food that easily translates into a comforting, satisfying meal at home.
Other solid pasta options in the neighborhood include Malatesta Trattoria over on Washington Street, which also happens to be one of city’s great summertime first-date spots; and the hugely popular Rosemary’s on Greenwich Avenue, home to such crowd pleasers as Orecchiette with Sausage, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and Lemon Linguine,
Anton’s is located at 570 Hudson Street – Order Now
Speaking of history, right across the street from Anton’s sits the circa-1880 White House Tavern, long-ago haunt to such legends as Jack Kerouac, James Baldwin, Bob Dylan, Anais Nin, and Dylan Thomas, who famously sucked down his last 21 drinks here before staggering home to die in 1953. Anyway, new owners arrived in 2019 and, while not mucking around too much with the fabled interior, definitely did give the menu an upscale revamp, so now you can order Shrimp Cocktail and Steak Frites Bearnaise for your next home literary salon. Just try not to knock back 21 straight whiskies while you do it.
If you want your history on the more casual tip, Caffe Reggio on MacDougal Street, open since 1927 and home to “the Original Cappuccino,” will set you up with a satisfying breakfast in bed (or lunch, also maybe in bed?); and although A Salt and Battery has only been on Greenwich Avenue since 1999, it anchors the fast-fading “Little Britain” part of the neighborhood *and* makes a mean Fish n’ Chips, so is well worth supporting.
White Horse Tavern is located at 567 Hudson Street (212-989-3956) – Order Now
Of all the countless falafels offered in this town, if you ask New Yorkers most will say Taim‘s are the ones they crave most. Everything’s always fresh and delicious at the tiny Waverly Place original–really, there’s nowhere to comfortably eat here, so it makes for the perfect Seamless delivery spot–but it’s the near-peerless Falafel Bowl that’s the soul of this place. The genuinely fiery Harissa falafels are a favorite, but the Green (with parsley, cilantro, and mint) and Kalamata Olive ones to go will definitely keep you on your toes. Order them on a mound of Taim’s top-notch hummus, with various crisp salads and a generous pour of tahini, and you have an easy, healthy, big-flavored meal. Definitely ask for a side of spicy schug too.
For a taste of North Africa, Diana Tandia’s terrific Berber Street Food on Carmine Street will deliver to you such delights as Camel Kofka, Ghanian Accara, and lots of vegan choices, including a hearty Berber Shawarma. Indian food is well represented in the community, most notably from the superb Rahi on Greenwich Avenue, which, among many other strengths, makes some of the best Biryani in town.
Taim is located at 222 Waverly Place (929-305-0785) – Order Now
Homestyle Mexican cooking is on the menu at Julian Medina’s new Kuxe, much of it derived from the techniques and traditions of Puebla, a state in the southeast of Mexico where many of Medina’s team hail from originally. All of the tacos are very good here, from Tacos al Pastor, starring pig and pineapple, to the vegetarian Tacos de Coliflor Conchita, to some first-rate Tacos de Birria, those brisket and red chili beauties, dipped in fatty consome for best results. Other winners at Kuxe include some top-tier Guacamole, the Tostada de Ceviche (this thing’s piled high!), and any of the Mole dishes. Get a few Cocteles with your order and your Tuesday night at home suddenly got interesting!
Other Mexican food possibilities in the neighborhood include the always-exciting vegan fare at Jajaja on Carmine Street (the Nachos here are crazy good); and Alex Stupak’s brilliant Empellon Taqueria on West 4th, which delivers its tacos in assemble-your-own packaging, so it tastes freshly made whenever you’re ready to dig in.
Kuxe is located at 205 Thompson Street (862-343-8573) – Order Now
As restaurants continue to open up throughout the city, New Yorkers can keep supporting these institutions by exploring new spots or ordering our favorite meals with Seamless. Consider supporting a neighborhood business and treat yourself to some delicious food delivered right to your door!
This post is a sponsored collaboration between Seamless and Gothamist staff.