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The Little Owl
Posted by Anonymous on 03/05/2012
Easily our favorite restaurant in New York City and that's saying something since we've eaten out at many amazing places. My fiancé and I like to split everything we order so we that we get a taste of all the different dishes. The best we've had there are the sliced LI duck app, the famous pork chop, the crispy chicken, and the gravy meatball sliders. Our only issue with the sliders is that they get us too full and there's just so many delicious items on the menu to leave room for. Also great are the bibb and beets and the risotto bianco. You definitely have to make multiple visits to try all the great food there. We're usually too stuffed for dessert but when we do have it, it's rich and tasty. My only concern with writing this review is that the restaurant will get even more booked than usual :)
So I am actually a native west villager and I have witnessed the gentrification change the landscape of my childhood. A majority of the time the businesses do not assimilate well and they usually destroy the aesthetic of the neighborhood. The little owl is an exception to this sad fact of life. I have had a wonderful late lunch- meatball sliders are a must! A foodie friend was visiting and it was the perfect taste of new new York. The service was great and the overall vibe was comfortable. The next time was over the holidays and my boyfriend and I were housesitting/dog sitting and we walked past at @6pm. It looked crowded but he talked to the maitre'd and he said he would hold 2 bar seats for us. We dropped the dogs off and came back. He had given the seats to someone else and felt genuinely sorry. The restaurant was fully booked and he gave us a drink while we waited for a table he made appear. He treated us like VIPs- not walk ins and the service was stellar along with the food. Most restaurants of this caliber would say sorry you asked for a favor and I couldn't make it happen. The restaurant is small and cramped but somehow it transforms into cozy and warm.
Posted by Rowland from Austin on 12/11/2011
When I saw the restaurant on the CBS Saturday Morning Show advertise the "World's Best Hamburger" I was VERY sceptical. Visiting NYC the next week, my wife and I had the occasion to visit your restaurant. The burger was truly the best I have ever eaten, and from a Texan's standpoint, this is a special report. Also, we had the surf and turn tacos which were also supurb, great guacamole. I could not tell from the brunch menu why your are listed as a Mediterranean style place, but I would eat your Southwestern food any day.
Posted by Doug on 09/17/2011
This is my new favorite spot. Went there for dinner on a date one Friday night. The staff bent over backwards to make sure we were well taken care of. The food was outstanding... creative, simple and delicious. The atmosphere was tasteful and lively but not overbearing. You could call it light romantic. A good place to bring that special someone or your out of town guests who want to see what a great west village bistro feels like. I'll definitely go back.
Posted by sangermatt on 07/06/2011
Went to the Little Owl during a food tour of the West Village - the idea was to hit as many great places in one day as possible, so we were only eating apps. Had a peach and artichoke salad, meatball slider, and mushrooms and asparagus side at Little Owl. The salad was a bit flat - the peaches were the best part - but the slider was great, very flavorful, nice marinara sauce - and the mushroom and asparagus was fantastic. Slight hints of truffle, different textures from the various mushrooms - really great. One downside is that they don't have a full bar license so they only serve beer and wine - but they have been creative in making cocktails within those limitations - including a bloody mary made with beer that my wife had and loved.
Posted by SDA NYC on 04/26/2011
I live in the West Village and have gone to the Little Owl several times. Okay the food was okay but the service? Talk about rude and stuffy. My favorite is when the restaurant is almost empty and they say sorry no tables available but you can sit on the high perch at the bar so everyone can see that you are not seated... Lame service at best..
Posted by Anonymous on 04/12/2011
First off, to get the negatives out of the way - the restaurant is small, can feel a bit cramped at times, and it is hard to get a reservation when the sun isnt still up. Looking past that, it was one of the best dining experiences ive had in the city. The tagliatelle appetizer is sublime as were the gravy meatball sliders. The pork chop was the best ive ever had and my wife loved the arctic char. Finished it off with root beer float and some light spooning for the perfect evening.