90 Morton’s Favorite Restaurants in the West Village

90 Morton | A Guide to West Village Dining

Novelist Chris Pavone once said, “I live in Greenwich Village in New York City, but I rarely write at home, where there’s too much else to do.” We empathize, Chris, especially when it comes to the culinary allurements that seem to dot every block of the historic neighborhood. Fortunate residents of the condos at 90 Morton in the West Village will find themselves only steps from many of the city’s premier eateries. Here are some of our favorites:

Sushi Nakazawa | 23 Commerce Street

Sushi Nakazawa, the eponymously named sushi restaurant from Daisuke Nakazawa, the determined apprentice from the acclaimed documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, is, without question, one of the best sushi spots in the city. The New York Times gave Nakazawa four stars a few years back and said, “The moment-to-moment joys of eating one mouthful of sushi after another can merge into a blur of fish bliss.” Fish bliss, indeed. The man is an obsessive artist, and his creations are pristine works of minimalist art that double as palate-centered roller-coasters.

L’ Artusi | 228 West 10th Street

A meticulously selected 20-page wine list, a stellar cheese bar, and an assortment of exquisitely prepared Italian fare served on small plates have helped L’ Artusi cultivate its enviable reputation. Executive Chef Joe Vigorito created an inventive menu punctuated by mouthwatering pasta dishes and fresh fish. It’s also a wonderful destination for special events; their stunning private wine room is surrounded by over 2,000 bottles of Italian wine.

Cafe Cluny | 284 West 12th Street

Cafe Cluny has charm to spare. The quaint French-American eatery is our favorite brunch location in the neighborhood—and beyond the neighborhood, for that matter. Their avocado toast, their brioche French toast, and their Thai grain bowl are all phenomenal, and the relaxed-yet-sophisticated atmosphere makes for a tranquil escape from the excitement of the city.

Wallsé | 344 West 11th Street

Looking for a Michelin-starred Austrian restaurant that has been a neighborhood staple for nearly two decades? Well, you’ve come to the right place. At Wallsé, schnitzel, goulash, strudel, spätzle, and palatschinken are the stars of the show. The aesthetic fits perfectly between traditional and contemporary, as does their fine cuisine.

Bar Pitti | 268 6th Avenue

For 26 years and counting, Bar Pitti has been serving up heavenly Italian fare to West Villagers. The restaurant, which is well-known for its celebrity clientele, has a large outdoor patio, making it one of the best choices for a wonderful meal under the sun or stars. There’s an energy to the space that cannot be denied. This is not where you go for a quiet evening; it’s where you go for a quick, lively meal.

Carbone | 181 Thompson Street

The dining experience at Carbone is like no other. When you enter, it feels like you walked into a throwback film. You aren’t served by waiters or servers, but “captains.” And they are essentially actors and actresses playing the role of waiters and waitresses in The Godfather. Every inch of the space feels like an old-school, New York, Italian restaurant, and that is intentional. Carbone aims to create a vivid, almost theatrical dining experience, and it really works. Of course, it certainly helps that the food is amazing from top to bottom.

Taim | 222 Waverly Place

Our last selection is decidedly more casual than the others. Taim is a small but renowned (mostly take-out) falafel joint, and it should not be overlooked. The falafel is fresh and crispy and light and incredible; their pita is soft and buttery. If you’re looking for a delicious on-the-go meal, stop in at Taim.

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