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Cornelia Street: Great Dining Options Away From the Crowds

Cornelia Street Cafe est. 1977


Cornelia Street is home to some of the best restaurants in NYC. 

So whether you’re visiting New York for the first or fifth time, enjoy a great meal on Cornelia Street away from the crowds and off the beaten path in the heart of Greenwich Village.


This old narrow street, which runs one block from Bleecker Street to West 4th Street, was laid out in 1794 and named after the granddaughter of the land’s property owner, Robert Herring, whose ancestors were early Dutch settlers.


For a small late 18th century street, the dining options are truly impressive.


Getting here:

Take the 1 subway line to Christopher Street station or the A/B/C/D/E/F/M trains to West 4th Street station (see map above).

Cornelia Street on NYC Map


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Here are several highly rated, popular, and long-standing restaurants on Cornelia Street:


Cornelia Street Café

29 Cornelia Street; 212-989-9319.  View dinner menu here.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.  Reservations are accepted for dinner only.


The oldest restaurant on the block has been feeding locals and showcasing artists since 1977.  Come in for the great food, extensive wine list, and the weekly performances, which cover the entire spectrum of art, literature and music — from poetry readings to storytelling to jazz.

31 Cornelia Street, 212-645-2189.  View dinner menu here.


Po Restaurant


Lunch and dinner daily except Monday and Tuesday (dinner only).  Reservations are recommended.


A staple on the street since 1993, this small Italian restaurant offers simply prepared seasonal fare using locally-sourced ingredients.



28 Cornelia Street; 212-691-2223.  View menus here.


Lunch and dinner daily except Monday (dinner only).  Reservations are recommended.


Another great Italian option across the street from Pó, which offers family style dining using traditional Italian recipes.  Palma’s cozy vibe and old-world charm, including a converted carriage house circa 1810 for private parties,  ensures you’ll enjoy a great meal.


And if you have to wait for a table, leave your name and head to their wine and cocktail bar next door:

Aperitivo di palma: 30 Cornelia Street



Pearl Oyster Bar

18 Cornelia Street; 212-691-8211.   View lunch and dinner menus here.


Pearl Oyster Bar


Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday (dinner only on Saturday).  Closed on Sunday.  No reservations.


Not in the mood for meat or pasta?  Then come to Pearl for a great oyster house/”seafood shack” experience.  Pearl has been dazzling diners with its impressive raw bar menu since 1997.  Mouth-watering lobster rolls, fish, clams, shrimp, and of course, lots of fresh oysters.  Pair that with a nice glass of wine.



20 Cornelia Street; 212-243-9579.  View menus here.


Open for lunch and dinner daily.  Reservations recommended.


You gotta love a restaurant whose motto is “fine wine, fine ketchup”.  This 30-seater was doing “farm-to-table” before it was “in” (since 1993, to be exact).  All locally sourced ingredients are used to offer an unpretentious, seasonal menu of American fare.  The cozy vibe, extensive wine list, and intimate garden patio make this a great option for a romantic dinner for two.


Le Gigot 

18 Cornelia Street; 212-627-3737.  View menus here.


Le Gigot on Cornelia Street


Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday).  Reservations recommended.  Cash or American Express only.


Perhaps you are in the mood for duck confit or leg of lamb?  Then head to Le Gigot and enjoy its seasonal Provençal dishes and intimate decor, but leave room for dessert.  This neighborhood French joint has called Cornelia Street home since 1996.  Pair your meal with a nice bottle of wine.


Buon Appetito!


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