The Village and SoHo are neighborhoods that you should not miss. Start in Washington Square Park in the Village; this is the perfect spot for people watching in Greenwich Village. It is a large open space dominated by the Washington Square Arch and by the popular fountain area. The surrounding streets are full of boutiques and many restaurant choices. SoHo is to the south and has wonderful shopping and restaurants.
Our recent finds include:
Empellon Taqueria: A West Village Restaurant, 230 West 4th St., that has received some great press and accolades including Food & Wine Magazine naming Chef Alex Stupak as one of its Best New Chefs and one of the Best Taco Spots in the US and one of Forbes Magazine’s All-Star New York Eateries for 2012. I enjoyed the attractive decor and a really great meal of different sopes and tacos with friends.
Las Ramblas Bar de Tapas: At 170 W. 4th in Greenwich Village, this is a small, cozy tapas bar serving Spanish specialties.
The Dutch: I made a reservation at The Dutch after reading all of the great press. It is the perfect spot for Sunday Brunch in the city. Loved the menu and the great atmosphere! It can be found at 131 Sullivan Street in SoHo.
Taschen: If you are a book and book store fan, don’t miss the Taschen store at 107 Greene St. in SoHo. They have a great selection of books and an exhibition space downstairs.
Vosges Haut-Chocolat: At 132 Spring St. in SoHo; has the best chocolates!!! Don’t miss it.
Market Table, 54 Carmine St.: I had heard about the restaurant on a segment on CBS Saturday along with their sister restaurants Little Owl and The Clam. It was opened in 2007 by Chef Mike Price and partner, Joey Campanaro and features farm-fresh fare. I really enjoyed the squash and pear salad with blue cheese and a pepita salsa verde. For an entree the broiled flounder with romesco aioli almonds, green beans and fingerling potatoes was really excellent.
After dinner you might stop in at the famed Blue Note Jazz Club for a performance. It is a short walk at 131 W. 3rd St.
TAVO: Located at 615 Hudson St., this is new restaurant in the West Village melding Mexican, Latin and Asian flavors in a sleek contemporary space. It is the collaboration of Chef Julieta Ballesteros and Francisco Decrescenzo, both natives of Monterrey, Mexico. I enjoyed dinner with my two nieces and loved the salmon-crab maki burrito made with wild king salmon and crab meat cut sushi style and served with avocado, napa cabbage and wasabi aioli. Even better was the grilled octopus with papas bravas, heirloom tomatoes in a balsamic reduction.