Vanessa's Dumplings

A go-to for cheap and tasty Chinese food, Vanessa’s has been serving up inexpensive fresh and homemade dumplings since they opened their first restaurant in Chinatown over 10 years ago. The restaurant—now with a Williamsburg and Union Square location—also sells soups, sesame pancakes, steamed buns, bubble tea and bags of frozen dumplings to take home for later. L&D (daily). $

Vanguard Wine Bar

A mini caviar trio (spoonbill caviar, smoked trout roe, wasabi tobiko, on blintzes créme fraiche and chives,) and an assortment of small flatbread pizzas and open faced mini baguettes are on offer at this wine bar stocking more than 25 wines by the glass. L & D (daily). $$


Chef/owner Michael White’s brasserie offers upscale French fare, such as côte de veau (pan-roasted veal chop) and dry-aged duck breast, in a stately space featuring Art Deco light fixtures and linen banquettes. Specialties include the white label burger at brunch: an aged beef blend patty served with fontina cheese, tomato jam and dijonnaise.

L (M-F), D (nightly), Brunch (Su)


Vegetarian Dim Sum House

More than 200 vegetable- and grain-based dishes range from “shark fin” dumplings and lotus root cakes to sautéed honey mock pork and hot and spicy bean curd. Brunch, L & D (daily). $$

Vella Wine Bar + Kitchen

Conventional wine-bar dishes such as charcuterie and crab and avocado toast are complemented by hearty dishes of Asian-style baby back ribs or mushroom fettucine, on a menu with a wine list featuring more than 20 wines by the glass. L (W-F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$


A late-night East Village institution since 1954, this 24-hour Ukranian diner serves up handmade pierogi and renowned borscht, alongside conventional American classics and seasonal specials like watermelon iced tea. B, L & D (daily). $$


Special dishes vary on a daily basis, complementing a sound menu offering meatballs braised in serrano chili-sparked tomato sauce, beef and veal lasagna, and scallop and clam chitarra. A highly touted wine list rotates on a regular basis. D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$



Thin-crust pizza with numerous fresh toppings, an array of salads and a fine beer and wine menu, served in a cozy brick-walled space. L & D (daily). $$

Via Brasil

Boldly flavored specialties include moquecas (a stew with seafood, dendê oil, herbs, tomato and coconut milk and served with yucca flour puree) and feijoada completa (black bean stew with fresh and dried beef and pork, bacon, sausage and ribs, served with collard greens, oranges and toasted manioc flour). L & D (daily).

Via Carota

The West Village gastroteca on a tree-lined street is as old-world Tuscan as they come, in ambience, food and rustic decor. Chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi were jointly named Best Chef in New York City at the 2019 James Beard Foundation Awards. Via Carota has a no-reservations policy, so waiting for a table is not out of the question; fortunately, the chefs’ other restaurants Buvette, I Sodi and Pisellino Bar are just steps away.

L & D (daily)


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