Traveling isn't easy when you're visiting a new city and have a palate created by BurgaBox. Everyone is screaming "pick me" on Instagram and Yelp but it can be hard to tell which places are actually worth the stop. That's where we come in. Our weekly post, "24 Hours in the City" will help you filter out the phonies and conquer each city with a full stomach and a slight buzz. Because that's the only way we know how to travel.
When it comes to food and drink, New York City cannot be conquered in a day. No one has ever left the Big Apple and felt completely satisfied. Each borough, neighborhood and street has so much to offer and there is a place for every type of person to indulge in their #foodporn fantasies. This week, we will be hand selecting a list of the best of the best in the West Village. Start your morning with a full stomach and end with a food (and alcohol induced) hangover. It will all be worth it.
Breakfast: Ask yourself, doughnuts or drinks?...Or both?
The Doughnut Project: Did I mention that doughnuts are taking over the world? And The Doughnut Project might be the main culprits. If you're looking for a quick, but heavenly breakfast line up outside this bakery (with the rest of NYC). The menu consists of outrageous flavors such as olive oil and pepper and bone marrow infused chocolate. We recommend sampling The Everything Doughnut. PB & J 2.0., Maple Bacon Bar and Your Beetz are Dope. These flavors seem to be a crowd favorite.
Agave: At this Mexican restaurant, breakfast is all about the booze. New Yorkers go crazy for the $29.95 bottomless mimosas and a main dish weekend deal. And if it's your birthday, you'll get to blow a candle out of a frozen margarita. Win! As for food, we've heard good things about the Lobster Benedict and Huevos Rancheros. Be sure to make a reservation well in advance.
The Meatball Shop: It's simple, decide if you want your balls naked or squished between bread. Next, choose the type of ball and sauce you want on top. You'll even get the option to add the family jewels, which is apparently a fried egg? Be sure to get that baby sunny side up. Place the balls on a bed of grass or get a side of creamy risotto. Really, the ball options are endless.
Jack's Wife Freda: Jack's Wife Freda, located on the restaurant loaded Carmine Street, stands out among the rest with it's amazing Mediterranean plates and early morning social scene. Expect a little rowdiness and slightly crammed seating during popular dining hours but nonetheless you will have an amazing lunch. There is a seemingly unanimous obsession over the Madame Freda, a pressed sandwich with duck prosciutto, cheddar béchamel, gruyere & a sunny side up egg. Honorable mention goes to the Green Shakshuka and the bottomless Stumptown Coffee.
Midday Drinking: If you're sober enough to stand up from your bottomless brunch or lunchtime cocktails, it's time to enjoy a little midday drinking. Make your way over to Houston Hall for some craft beer and a classic biergarten feel. The huge, open space and long, numerous tables make this a perfect spot for group socializing. Next, it's time to get cozy (take advantage of some down time) at the rustic, West Village brownstone restaurant, Wilfie & Nell. Enjoy a local, micro brew or choose from the long list of bourbons and whiskey. Either way, you will feel relaxed and ready to conquer a NYC dinner.
Flex Mussels: Flex Mussels might be one of our favorite restaurants in New York City. We suggest starting off with the Fried Calamari and the Truffle Fries. Save a few of the fries for some much needed dunking in the broth of your mussel pot. Next, choose between Bisque, Thai, Maine and/or Bombay Mussels because these flavors will never disappoint. And you must (did you see the emphasis on the must?) end with The Flex Donut Collection. The flavors consist of Fluffernutter, PBJ, Cinnamon Sugar, Salted Caramel, Chocolate, Wild Blueberry, Meyer Lemon, Raspberry, and S'mores.
Malaparte: If you're in the mood for some Italian, check out Malaparte, a sister restaurant to Malatesta, another popular dining spot. The place is loaded with amazing pizza and pasta choices that will leave you perfectly carbed up for the night. Beware that this a cash only restaurant but there is an ATM on site. Start with the Impepata Di Cozze (mussels with spicy tomato sauce) and the squid salad if they have it. For the main course, split the Truffle Mushroom Pizza, and a pasta of your choice.
Nightlife: Now that your food coma is just about to set in, it's time to fight it and head to your first bar. Fat Cat is the perfect spot to get your squad going with some live jazz, ping pong, shuffle board and more. Once you've hustled a few pool tables and destroyed your friend in a game of fuse ball (or vice versa), take a ten minute walk or 2 minute taxi ride to Red Lion. Although not technically in the West Village, we had to include in this bar our guide. Red Lion has live music until dawn and an area for dancing and getting up and personal with the band. Expect tons of cover songs and throwbacks that will make any 20-30 year old go wild. We have even seen Cuba Gooding Jr. lurking in the back of this bar.
Did you dance all of your calories away and need to refuel ASAP? Get over to Pommes Frites for the best drunk food in the Village. The French fries are double fried but at this joint, it's all about the dipping sauce. From Roasted Garlic Mayo to Curry Ketchup, Pomme Fritte might hold the record for the most sauces in one place. There are over thirty...
As you place the last fry into your mouth, we hope that you go to bed feeling satisfied with your West Village food and drink excursion.
Let us know if you end up visiting (or have visited) these places and how you liked them!
Look out for us next week in our next "24 Hours in the City" and conquer another city, one day at a time!