Babbo
Tertulia
The Spotted Pig
Pearl Oyster Bar
The Little Owl
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1. Babbo 110 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10011 (West Village)

Mario Batali’s flagship restaurant is a charming former carriage house in the West Village serving high-end Italian fare with an elevated, chef-inspired twist on classic dishes. The pasta here is certainly worth the hype, like the pillowy potato gnocchi, cuddled in shreds of tender oxtail that’s been sautéed in a robust red wine and tomato-based ragu.

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2. Sushi Nakazawa 23 Commerce St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Chef Daisuke Nakazawa’s 20-course omakase features some of the absolute freshest sushi you will ever experience (second to Japan), as well as some of the most interesting (you can expect torches, live shrimp, and lots of rare sakes at this West Village favorite).

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3. Tertulia 359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10012 (West Village)

Tertulia serves up Spanish tapas (from Iberico ribs to grilled clams) alongside much larger platters (bomba rice with sepia, lobster, and clams) in an exposed beam- and weathered brick-heavy space on 6th Ave.

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4. Minetta Tavern 113 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012 (Greenwich Village)

In the heart of Greenwich Village, Minetta Tavern boasts a classic oak bar, vintage photos on the walls, and supremely delicious burgers (amongst other menu items). Its Black Label Burger has quite the reputation -- it's an 8oz blend of Pat LaFrieda prime dry-aged beef, cooked until there's a nice, light crust on top, then dressed with caramelized onions on a custom brioche bun.

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5. Aria Wine Bar 117 Perry St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

This cozy West Village wine bar specializes in fine Italian wine (served in tiny five-ounce glasses) and small plates like cheese and charcuterie, mushroom bruschetta, and grilled shrimp, octopus, and sardine tapas. White lights lining the entrance give it a romantic vibe, and candlelit two-person tables make it especially date-worthy.

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6. The Spotted Pig 314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014-2369 (West Village)

April Bloomfield's West Village restaurant and bar is a fan-favorite among celebrities, lifetime New Yorkers, and tourists, known for its bucket list-worthy chargrilled roquefort burger with shoestring fries. The British-meets-Italian gastropub famously doesn't take reservations, but it's also open until 2am nightly, so if you can't get a table during peak dinner hours, then a late-night seat at the bar is your best bet -- and probably the most quintessential New York experience.

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7. Decoy 529 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Located just below its sibling restaurant Red Farm, Decoy can be a tight fit, but the Decoy Chips -- which are actually fried branzino skin with black garlic dip (they're usually offered for free to start the meal) -- help immediately. Follow those with the main star; only 24 ducks are served each night , and the flavors mix traditional with fusions thanks to the sauces, including hoisin, sesame, and cranberry, and the pancakes manage to hold up to stuffing despite being incredibly thin.

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8. Pearl Oyster Bar 18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Located in the West Village, this charming seafoodery is loaded with chilled seafood, small plates, and large plates, all featuring fresh ocean fare, from lobster to shrimp and, of course, oysters.

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9. Louro 142 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Chef David Santos's West Village joint delivers modern American eats in the form of bites, small plates & large plates, as well as a solid brunch with the likes of Bacon Maple Glazed Beignets and Chorizo Baked Eggs.

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10. The Little Owl 93 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011 (West Village)

A casual neighborhood dining spot plating Mediterranean eats in Greenwich Village.

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11. Takashi 456 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

All beef, all night. Well sorta. Hit up this spot for the perfect part-Korean, part-Japanese dish featuring both Japanese and American Angus -- tongues, intestines, and anything else you can imagine -- grilled at your table. On the weekends, chow down on an influx of ramen while reading about the health benefits of the various slices of meat you might gorge yourself on via a wall mural.

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