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The Little Owl
Posted by joh on 11/04/2006
My Mom was in town and had noticed/liked the look of the little owl when i walked her down bedford a few months ago, so we decided to hit it up on a sunday night without reservations. we had to wait 45 min because it was packed, but staff was thoughtful and friendly and everything about the place felt inspired. i agree with the posting that said it makes you feel like a neighborhood insider -- it's completely cozy and intimate, to the point that the couple next to us struck up a conversation. (the guy happened to be a food network exec and later introduced us to the chef!) the food was cozy as well -- incredibly hearty french onion soup, delicately dressed scallop + hearts of palm salad, enormous white pepper + fennel crusted pork chop sitting on the most savory butter beans i've ever had, yummy berry-filled beignets, etc, etc -- we went all out and didn't regret it for a second. also great wine list with some unique german wines. cute details in the bathroom. great business card and logo. my only complaint is that it's billed as mediterranean -- feels like the wrong word/vibe for this stellar spot.
Posted by Village Girl on 09/25/2006
We were sorry to see Chez Michalet disappear but The Little Owl is a happy replacement. Fresher and hipper without being overly trendy, this corner townhouse restaurant makes you feel special...like a neighborhood insider. Definitely the kind of spot tourists wish they could find but they can't. Super food that isn't frighteningly overwrought. Not exactly healthy fare but cleanly prepared and served so you don't mind the sausage, pork chop, hamburger laden menu. Drink the Vaqueras! Perfect.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/23/2006
I'm always looking for a favorite little place that's delicious and has great atmosphere. The Little Owl is by far my favorite place. The staff is pleasant and wonderful. The waits can get a little long, but it's well worth it. Try a weekday night. It's never too loud. The place is small and intimate. Great date spot.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/15/2006
The Little Owl is by far my new favorite restaurant. With it's quaint setting in the West Village, cute interior, and excellent food, I would highly recommend it. The wait staff was wonderful and thoughtfully pre-split a shared portion for myself and a friend. We had the ricotta cavatelli and meatball sliders to start. The cavatelli was so tasty, with interesting ingredients and fresh ricotta cheese in a tomato broth. The sliders were by far my favorite though - they were the tastiest ones I have ever had! They were delicious meatballs, perfectly spiced and juicy, on crispy buns sprinkled with parmesean cheese. Be sure to add an extra slider for $2. Lastly we split the crispy chicken for our entree. It was perfectly done, not dry at all, and the au jus was so flavorful. I usually skip the skin, but I could not this time - it was done to a perfect crisp. The chicken came with asparagus hash and roasted potatoes, both mouth wateringly good. The potatoes were done so nicely - crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. To top it all off, we had the raspberry beingets with nutella for dessert. Once again, a huge hit! The whole meal was amazing start to finish.
Posted by hawkeye on 08/22/2006
Went last Friday night with three other people. While the place is small and kind of noisy, it didn't detract from our experience. We had the meatball sliders, yummy, the hanachi and the scallops for appetizers, and they were all great. It was a split on the entrees, two pork chops and two chickens. We were all pleased, one person had to take a large portion of their chop home. Service was professional and pleasant. Would definitely recommend.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/15/2006
My new favorite spot. the wait was about 45 minutes but i would have waited much longer for the quality of food served. not only was everything we ordered fantabulous but every employee of the little owl was friendly and accomodating.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/14/2006
We had a great experience at Little Owl last weekend. It was recommended by a friend. We made reservations 2 wks in advance and our table was waiting for us when we arrived. It is on a quaint street in the west village and the floor to ceiling windows are nice. The restaurant is small, so I recommend making reservations, although you can wait outside and they will serve you wine. We had 2 appetizers, the scallops and duck. Both were excellent. They split the appetizers for us without even asking which was nice. Then we split the pork chop for dinner. It was good, I probably wouldn't order it again though. And HUGE! Definately enough for 2. The appetizers I would both get again and can't wait to try the others on the menu. The service was excellent. I think it was the owner who greeted us as the door, the server was very attentive, but not too pushy and our glasses were never more than half empty. We loved it and will definitely return.