A Guide to My West Village Favorites

October 10, 2019

West Village Guide I wit & whimsy

From the moment I first moved to New York, I fell in love with The West Village. One of the city’s most charming neighborhoods, its winding streets are home to beautiful brownstones, so many good restaurants, delightful shops and loads of character. I take every opportunity I can to wander its little nooks and realized it was high time I shared all my favorite spots in this neighborhood. So many are favorite places this time of year and through Winter so hope you get a chance to check them out in the coming months!


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West Village Guide I wit & whimsy

West Village Guide I wit & whimsy

West Village Guide I wit & whimsy

West Village Guide I wit & whimsy

West Village Guide I wit & whimsy

West Village Guide I wit & whimsy

West Village Guide

While many of the below can be found in my comprehensive guide to New York City, this list has more detail as to why I enjoy each spot in particular.


My all time favorite breakfast spot. So cozy and my go-to when I want some time to myself. I eat at the bar and enjoy their fluffy scrambled eggs, divine French toast, Nutella crepes or croissants.


So hard to get a reservation but worth it every time. Divine pasta.


Speaking of divine pasta. This place is the one, the only and a favorite special ocassion spot in the city. One of my top 5 restaurants in NYC.

By Chloe.

I’m a huge fan of their veggie guac burger. Great spot for lunch when you want to be healthy. But, like, also get the fries :).


I love this little outpost on Bleecker of the beloved shoe brand.

Highlands. A favorite cozy bar to drink at in the Winter.

The Daily Edited.

Maker of one of my favorite bags and also the best customized phone cases.

Ground Coffee.

No frills but great coffee and such a cozy spot on a rainy day.

The Little Owl.

I love this spot that sits under the famed FRIENDS building. Great for lunch or dinner and rumor has it they’ve started serving breakfast.

Cafe Cluny.

Another favorite French cafe-inspired spot. I like it for breakfast and still need to make it there for dinner. I almost always see a celebrity at this spot.

Partners Coffee.

A light, bright and divine little corner coffee shop. (Mentioned also in this post.)


This may be my favorite wine bar in the city. A great and extensive wine list and also delicious little small bites.


Cash-only pasta spot that’s worth the wait.

The Elk.

A tiny little coffee shop that’s tucked away in the village.

Greenwhich Letterpress.

Jack’s Wife Freda.

I prefer this larger location of the Soho famed eatery. Get the Mediterranean breakfast, you won’t regret it!

John Derian.

A fanciful interiors and gift shop.


The beautiful terrace is the reason to dine here.

The Grey Dog.

This used to be a go-to for cozy, casual food when I worked in the neighborhood. I love their tuna melt.

Market Table.

This was another go-to for a nicer lunch spot when I worked nearby. Fresh food that is veggie and seasonally forward.

Pizza by Emily.

Split the burger and a pepperoni pizza and then afterwards let’s discuss together how good they are.


A great beauty destination to pick up clean products.


I’m a newcomer to this place but now it is a go-to when I have friends in town. Delicious cocktails (get a Manhattan!) and great pastas. (Don’t expect much from the service however. It’s been bad every time I’ve gone.)

Prodigy Coffee.

The baristas are never nice here but this hole in the wall coffee shop has some of the best banana bread ever.


My brother’s girlfriend introduced me to this place this summer and I instantly fell in love. Feels like you’re dining in someone’s private cozy bar of their country house.

Charlie Bird.

Excellent food every single time. The pasta and veggie dishes are so, so good. As are the cocktails.


A great place to go on a date and split a bunch of small dishes.


Reliable Italian and a lot of seating so good when you don’t have a reservation but want pasta.

Minetta Tavern.

One of my favorite places to eat in the city. So old school New York, so cozy, so classic. And the burger and alouette potatoes are unreal. So is the chocolate souffle. So are their old fashioneds!

And let’s not forget how nice a stroll through the iconic Washington Square Park is. On my list to still visit? I Sodi & 4 Charles Prime Rib.

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Anthropologie Top (wearing a M; comes in Petite/Standard/Plus; love this similar one, too) // Current/Elliot Jeans (size 27) // Cuyana Tote // Boots (finally restocked in this color!) // Ann Taylor Headband (c/o) // Club Monaco Coat // Cluse Watch // Celine Sunglasses

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p.s. My favorite Brooklyn Heights spots and my Central Park favorites.

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