International Flavours - A Taste of the West Village © L'Artusi

International Flavours - A Taste of the West Village Featured

All the food knowledge you need for one of the most happening areas in the city that never sleeps... and never stops eating.

by Angelina Hazzouri

New Yorkers do it big when it comes to dining. Brunch is more than just a five letter word, and a good burger doesn’t count unless you endured a 40 minute wait for it. The West Village is a quaint area full of some of the best restaurants in the city. Taste international flavors from all over the world, and experience the craze of the New York restaurant scene.


For the best brunch experience in the West Village, Bobo is our go-to. Set in a hundred-year old townhouse in the heart of the West Village, Bobo is a quaint French restaurant with moderate fare that will leave you satisfied throughout your Saturday city adventures. Also open for dinner, Bobo is a great place for any joyous dining occasion with its extensive wine collection and natural, French-country atmosphere. For brunch, choose from any of their delicious traditional French egg dishes, or opt for their hearty Bobo Burger. Dinner is sophisticated yet simple, with dishes ranging from Lamb Shoulder Confit to Homemade Potato Gnocci. No matter the meal, it’s sure to be a good one.


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New York City knows good pasta, and when it comes to good pasta, L’Artusi is the best. They say that if you get a reservation at L’Artusi, you take it. That is why we recommend making your reservation in advance for this special experience. One of the hottest restaurants in the West Village, L’Artusi offers a seasonal menu of hand-crafted pastas that will make you want to keep ordering as soon as you’ve had your first bite. Their menu is separated into food groups (crudo, verdura, pasta, pesce, and carne), and we would recommend ordering something from each. The restaurant usually offers a house-made whipped ricotta dish  with homemade butter crackers as a starter, and it’s one of the best things off the menu. Every pasta on this menu is good, and for dessert, the olive oil cake is a must.

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Empellón Taqueria 

For some of the best tacos in the city, Taqueria is the best spot in the West Village. The menu ranges from fresh American twists on classic Mexican cuisine to traditional dishes like Sweet Potato Flautas and delicious desserts.  Do yourself a favor and start with a margarita and their guacamole. Every taco is good here, so it’s best to order a few and share. The restaurant also offers daily taco specials, like Fried Oyster. The atmosphere is charming and lively, making you forget that you’re eating tacos and not something more extravagant.

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Jeju Noodle Bar 

Related article: If you’re craving ramen, which happens to the best of us, Jeju Noodle Bar is the place to go. Coming from the island off the southern coast of the Korean peninsula, Jeju is an island known for its naturally farmed pork and fresh seafood. A close second to this authentic tradition in Korea, Jeju Noodle Bar delivers a variety of noodles amongst other dishes. Culinary Institute graduate and Michelin-trained Chef Douglas Kim brings the comforting taste of ramen (or ramyun, its correct spelling) to the West Village with a fresh flair.

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Sushi Nakazawa

Having apprenticed at Sukiyabashi Jiro, the world-famous three-Michelin-starred sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Chef Daisuke Nakazawa does everything right with his 20-course omakase tasting menu. A more relaxed tasting menu experience, Sushi Nakazawa has the chic atmosphere of a New York restaurant with the simple and authentic dining experience of Edomae-style sushi. Each course is explained to you in detail, and each ingredient is as fresh as can be… so fresh that their menu changes daily based on “what the fishermen have picked” for that day, according to their website. Whatever the fishermen have picked, we’re sure it will be good.

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