When the team at the ever-so-chic Citiphile asked me to share my favorite gems in one specific New York neck of the woods, I was over the moon to give my hit list of the most charming neighborhood I could think of: the West Village. With its cobblestone streets, mom & pop shops, plus designer mainstays, it is the perfect place for an afternoon jaunt or dizzyingly blissful night on the town. I often find myself in the Big Apple for work trips, usually traveling solo, and in the West Village, I never feel alone. The energy is comforting, and the locales that I have now come to call home greet me with an embrace that says, “Pull up a chair, sweetheart. Stay a while.” It is with that spirit that I invite you to see which places have stolen my heart in this perfectly precious slice of NYC. Cheers!

Eat

Babbo — The quintessential Italian experience. Anything created by Mario Batali is amazing; the menu is seasonal, but you must have a pasta…especially if the papparadelle al cinghiale is an option! Their music playlist also happens to be perfect, as well.

Tartine — If you’re lucky, the cellist will be playing across the street of this BYOB bistro; it’s the perfect soundtrack to a breezy, fun night in the city.

By Chloe — Recently opened by Chef Chloe Coscarelli, whom I interviewed for a Chef Talk here on The Tig.  It’s 100% vegan, and I love the tempeh-lentil-chia burger!

Minetta Tavern — I adore sitting at the bar with a gorgeous glass of wine and a dozen oysters followed by the Black Label burger and french fries…and more wine!

Joseph Leonard — Dimly lit and so tiny that you simply must snuggle up to your date. Great spot!

Taim — Perfect for brunch. If you’re sitting on the bench outside of Taim with a falafel, you’ll certainly feel like a local and see tons of them too! My preferred order is the green falafel with extra hot sauce. Heaven.

Stay

The Marlton Hotel — From the same wonderful team behind The Bowery Hotel, this chic spot couldn’t be in a better location and offers everything from coziness by the fire to charming bedrooms to a fabulously smart restaurant. I love the penthouse with its herringbone floor and claw-footed tub. Grab a cocktail at Margaux pre-dinner.

Shop

Geminola — Come here for everything eclectic and vintage. My style is fairly minimalist, neutral, and monochromatic with classic silhouettes, but I do love to pop into Geminola to catch unique pieces.

Murray’s Cheese Shop — Perfect to pick up delicious host or hostess gift!

Caudalie Boutique — Their anti-aging Premier Cru Elixir is a dream.

Frolic

Marie’s Crisis — You can’t beat their campy ambiance and classic broadway show tunes. Jazz hands, anyone?

Bleeker Street — Simply the best place to see and be seen – browse the endless shops, wear your chicest ensemble – or if not, buy one there!

The Russian-Turkish Baths — Located in the East Village, this spot is the perfect “escape.” Plus, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump from the West Village. I had to include it – get the platza, as Sarah Rafferty and I do when we happen to be in the city together!

Hudson River Greenway — Running along the West Side Highway is my “Fit Pick” for the neighborhood.

*Originally Published September 22, 2015

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