The West Village is one of New York's more receptive neighborhoods to lingering breakfasts, from busy coffee shops to lazy cafes, no shortage of all-day bistros and a wealth of bakeries. So where do we go to start the day while we're there? That depends on the mood: doughnut or croissant, French scrambled eggs or Cuban heuvos rancheros?
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Nutella Crepes ($10) come three to an order at Buvette, and are served at breakfast and lunch.
We have a working theory at Serious Eats that the West Village is the best single neighborhood in New York for ice cream and gelato. Between the phenomenal gelaterie Grom and L'Arte, the crazy goat's milk soft-serve at Victory Garden, and unbelievable ice cream, gelato, and soft-serve on restaurants' dessert menus, the West Village would be our choice for an ice cream crawl that covers barely more than a few blocks—but gets you some of the best frozen treats in the city.
Known for its aggressive community boards as much as for its bevy of iconic New York dining institutions, Manhattan's West Village caters to palates and pocketbooks of every denomination. While its status as a safe haven for creative and alternative lifestyles is on the wane, the neighborhood remains one of the best areas on the island for the nocturnally hungry to snag a midnight snack.
As we've been thinking about stories for Easter, we've had bunny on the brain—and not just the chocolate version. So for the past couple of weeks we've been reminiscing about recent rabbit meals we loved. Here are some of our favorites that you should consider for your next bunny-centric meal.
The suspicious among you may think we're a little kale crazy at Serious Eats HQ, but really we're just giving credit to a vegetable that more than deserves our thanks. Here are 11 kale dishes in New York that have won our hearts.
At night, Buvette in the West Village is often packed to capacity, diners shoulder-to-shoulder as they sip wine and nibble. But in the mornings, it's pleasantly sedate, smelling of coffee and toasting bread, morning light streaming in. And, it should go without saying, the food is fantastic. I live in Brooklyn and work in Chinatown. There's no reason in the world I should be passing through the West Village in the mornings. But I do, time and again, for breakfast at Buvette.
In the Serious Eats Neighborhood Guide series, we've asked SE editors and staff to tell us about where they eat in their own neighborhoods. Here's Sugar Rush columnist Kathy YL Chan sharing her go-tos in the West Village.
For such a virtuous vegetable, carrots make some mighty tasty desserts—from a carrot cake doughnut with a tunnel of cream cheese frosting, to a carrot cake spoon bread baked in a ramekin, and so much more. Carrot-lovers, check out our five favorites in the city!
At Buvette, the Carrot Cake Spoon Bread ($4) is both on the brunch menu and served throughout the day every day of the week.
With summer just around the corner, I've been turning away from heavier chocolate and caramel-focused desserts in favor of fruitier sweets, primarily those featuring strawberries. Today we bring you five strawberry desserts around town bound to satisfy that sweet craving but leaving you feeling more light than weighed down. Let us know if we've missed one you love!
Who doesn't like cream? Freshly whipped, thick and barely sweetened is how I prefer it, whether it's topping off a lush banana cream pie at Blue Smoke Bake Shop or served atop the chocolate mousse from Buvette. But it's excellent in all forms, including at Otto, where you get straight-up cream in the form of the Huckleberry-Mascarpone Cream Gelato. Break out the spoons!
Buvette's Croque Madame ($10) must be the most elegant version of this French classic in town.
Served in a deep coffee cup, what you're looking at is the Chocolate Mousse ($5) from the Lower East Side's Berkli Parc.
No maple syrup tops the house waffle ($10) at Buvette, but with a serious mountain of halved strawberries and a heap of freshly whipped cream, I guarantee you won't miss the syrup.
Escarole is one of my favorite types of greens to use at home when preparing a salad. And for this reason, I tend to keep a sharp eye out for escarole salads in restaurants to pick up ideas and inspirations. Two places in particular have versions so good that I return for them time after time.
Not quite a wine bar, not quite an appetizer-and-entree restaurant, the new Buvette in the West Village calls itself a gastroteque—a French-styled establishment where small plates dominate the menu and wines are marked by provenance on the chalk map of Europe scrawled over one wall. Classy but determinedly casual, structured for drop-in dining and drinking, it's well-suited to its neighborhood. And there's fine food to be found, too.