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The Little Owl
Posted by Village Voice on 07/02/2007
Little Owl is one of my favorite places for brunch or dinner in the village. Absolute cliche when it comes to what you would expect to find in the West Village for a restaurant and that's great! Cozy, unassuming, comfortable. The food is thoughtfully paired and presented, and each dish I've tried has been very good. Brunch dishes from pancakes to the cheeseburger are as close to perfect as you can find. It's rare that the experience and the food are both so consistently good so this place is a find. The staff are unusually pleasant and obviously take pride in their Little Owl!
Posted by - on 05/11/2007
What a meal! We were thrilled with our Little Owl dinner. The owner, Gabriel, was super friendly when we arrived, and the service was friendly and enthusiastic without being annoying. And the food..... so delicious. Scallop appetizer was amazing, and I am still thinking about the halibut. Strawberry rhubard crisp dessert was also great. We will definitely be back.
Posted by Joe and Margie on 04/02/2007
We were enticed to visit The Little Owl after all the great reviews. The food was good and well prepared. However, the atmosphere was crowded and noisy. The wine list is quite limited and the wine we had at $68.00 a bottle should have been labeled anti-freeze. Service was friendly but slow. We literally sat atop a radiator and were roasting while struggling to have a conversation; space was cramped. The bill came to $350.00 for 4 with the tip. Not exactly what I would say was inexpensive for such cramped space, limited wine selection, and barely average service. There are better bargains around.
Posted by downtown diner on 03/14/2007
I went here last week w/ a friend and had a great dining experience. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting and the staff was eager to please. I had the special butternut squash soup (it was 20 degrees out!) and my friend had the sliders and both were excellent! For our entrees I opted for the crispy (and delicious!) chicken and she had the famous pork chop - both were divine! what a great addition to the already booming west village! i hope to go back again and again!
Posted by Hell's Kitchen Man on 02/25/2007
My wife and I walked in on a Saturday evening around 6 and by 6:30, there were about 20 people milling around looking to get in. I love the quaintness of the place. The owner, Gabriel, came up to us and introduced himself and said, "make yourself at home", So we did. We waited at the tiny bar for a table while sharing a bottle of wine for about 15 minutes. Had an amazing meatball slider and followed it up with the pork, which I think is there best dish. My wife had the chicken and although it wasn't fabulous, it passed muster. For dessert, we shared the choclolate, mocha ice cream dish and loved it. Because it's a tiny place in an old building, by the time our dessert was being served, they had problems with the ventilation system in the kitchen and had to turn any newcomers away. We felt bad for the restaurant, and hoped they got the problem fixed so they didn't have to totally lose a Saturday night. All in all, a fantastic place to relax and enjoy great food, an extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff, and a wonderful atmosphere. Cheers, Gabriel, to your creation.
Posted by missegee on 12/27/2006
Went here several weeks ago with my boyfriend. We had a great meal, their loin of pork is delicious. Although they don't have a liquor license yet, their wine and beer lists are phenomenal-eclectic and reasonable, who can argue. I would definitely recommend this place.
Posted by anonymous on 12/02/2006
Almost everything about this resaurant is fantastic. The reviews listed on this site are on target in extolling the virtues of this restaurant's food, wine, ambience and service. But notice that the other reviews don't mention desserts. There is a reason. While they are adequate, they display none of the creativity and perfection of the appetizer and entree selections. Also, I found $4 for a cup of tea somewhat off-putting. In total, Little Owl is a "must go to" restaurant. I just wanted to vent a little.