The West Village is a fantastic neighborhood. Home to some of the cities best restaurants and bars, as well as many famous ex and present residents. Dylan Thomas drank his last pint in the White Horse on Christopher Street, Bob Dylan played some of first gigs on West 4th and Carrie Bradshaw sat on a bench and ate a cupcake outside Magnolia Bakery.
Some of my favorite restaurants are here, including Tartine (BYOB), Agave (Mexican with a weekly $5 Margarita Happy Hour) and Rosemary’s. In terms of nightlife, there is Fat Cat which is a sprawling underground bar with pool tables, chess, shuffleboard, bowls and live music. My only problem with the venue – the bar only serves beer and wine and the place is so huge, if your on one side of the room playing pool, it’s literally a five minute walk to the bar. The West Village is also a good place to watch comedy. The Comedy Cellar is very popular and it is usually possible to book a show on the day. Live music is also everywhere, Smalls is a very tiny and extremely brilliant jazz venue or there is the larger and the legendary Village Vangaurd on 7th Av.
The owner of Highlands bar is from Edinburgh and true to his Scottish roots serves hearty food and every kind of whisky you can think of. I especially wanted to come with my whiskey drinking mum and so on her last night in the city we went for a pre-dinner drink and my first ever Haggis Fritter. The fritters were delicious and came with pickled neeps, tatties and whiskey cream. The only traditional Scottish ingredient missing was an IRN-BRU. We swapped this for Whisky cocktails.
For dinner we went to Rosemary’s Enoteca & Trattoria (roughly a two minute walk). Rosemary’s is a very popular destination which typically doesn’t take reservations.
This was the second time I’d tried to go and fortunately mum and I breezed in and got seated straight away. We had Rosemary’s Focaccia to start and then the chicken which was delicious. The service was good. I barely noticed glasses being cleaned, and the food came out quickly. Rosemary’s also grows their own vegetables and herbs on their roof garden (check out their live stream). It’s a great restaurant very relaxed and professional. We went on a Tuesday so perhaps the only time you can get a table quickly. If you arrive early though you can put your name down and wander around the village for a pre-dinner drink at one of neighborhoods many good bars and more than likely a Happy Hour.