Dine in style and enjoy scrumptious Italian fare in the best West Village restaurants
When most tourists think of the best place for Italian food in New York City, they usually conjure up images of the quaint streets of Little Italy. However, there’s another NYC neighborhood that should be on all Italian food lovers’ radar – the West Village. Stretching from the Hudson River to Sixth Avenue, visitors to the West Village will be spoiled for choice with everything from freshly made pasta to authentic gelato, all within walking distance of each other. Read on to find out about my favorite West Village restaurants…
West Village restaurants – Italian markets and pizza
The first stop for any Italian food enthusiast looking for West Village restaurants should be Faccio’s, an authentic Italian market where you will find delicacies such as eggplant parmigiana, fresh pesto and every kind of meat imaginable. Faccio’s also make an absolutely incredible Italian sub, perfect for grabbing on the go or tucking into on a bench in the nearby Washington Square Park.
Just a few doors up from Faccio’s is the one and only John’s Pizza. Founded in 1929, this place is the stuff of New York City pizza legend. All of the pizza’s at John’s are cooked in a coal fired brick oven which gives them a unique taste. The restaurant also doesn’t serve single slices – make sure you head here on an empty stomach so you can fully devour all of that cheesy goodness.
Best pasta in the city
Aside from pizza, West Village restaurants also feature another famous carb-loaded Italian dish – pasta. In fact, some of the very best pasta in the whole of the city is available to purchase at Raffetto’s, a store that has been open for almost 110 years. With every cut and flavor of pasta imaginable available, you’re sure to find something to whet your appetite. Some of Rafetto’s biggest customers are the head chefs from top Italian restaurants around the city, a clear sign that this stuff is the real deal.
If you’re looking to head somewhere a little bit special, you can’t go wrong with a reservation at Babbo. Run by the talented chef Mario Batali, the restaurant prides itself on incorporating the best imported ingredients into delicious Italian regional classics with an original twist. It can be a bit of a task to get a seat at this extremely popular spot so it’s advised to book in advance. You don’t want to miss out miss out on the culinary magic!
Sweet Italian treats
After devouring so many amazing savory delights, your palate will undoubtedly be craving something sweet and what better way to kill that craving than with some creamy gelato? There are a plethora of excellent gelato places in the West Village, but the favorite amongst locals has to be Grom. Originally opened in Italy, the store offers a vast selection of flavors including tiramisu, apricot, cherry and pistachio. It’s also open until 12am making it the perfect destination for a late-night sugar fix.
With so many places to satisfy your hunger for Italian cuisine in New York City it’s easy to go wrong, however you can rest assured that all of these amazing Italian eateries will leave you aching to return.
Do you want to find out more about the best West Village restaurants and Italian eateries in New York? Book your place on Walks of New York’s Greenwich Village Food Tour today.
About the author: This blog post was written by Ruth Aravena, an Irish travel blogger and newly-initiated resident of NYC. A massive foodie, Ruth loves to try out new restaurants in the Big Apple and recreate standout dishes at home.