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The Little Owl

4.7
1981 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top Tags:
  • Cozy
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

This charming 28-seat West Village restaurant has quickly become one of the city's most sought after reservations. Joey Campanaro's simple-yet-inspired American-Mediterranean cuisine, warm hospitality, and a friendly and professional service team, helps create the quintessential New York dining experience for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Inquisitive guests can peek into the kitchen and watch Joey create his signature dishes, including Gravy Meatball Sliders, homemade Ricotta Cavatelli and of course, The Little Owl's famous Pork Chop.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:45am - 2:30pm

Brunch: 9:00am - 2:30pm Saturday and Sunday
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Phone number
(212) 741-4695
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joey Campanaro
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Catering
Everything and anything one can imagine.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Grove Street
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Public transit
Christopher Street Station
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very attentive staff, perfect service, good food and nice ambiance. Our best restaurant experience so far in NYC.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Fabulous place, loved it 😍
Great menu with a bustle and popular vibe

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Always go when visiting New York! The food is incredible and service is outstanding. Staff always makes us feel welcome and remembers our names even though we visit only a few times a year!

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Big portions of great food. Varied selection. A little bit cramped but that’s part of the feel.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Delightful. Great food and helpful servers. Can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

From start to finish, the experience was stellar! Cannot wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We had the best brunch!!. From the hostess, Amy , to our server and busboy, everyone was so nice and helpful. It was a lovely experience.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great place for a cozy brunch! Food was delicious and the staff was very friendly!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

I’ve been meaning to eat here ever since Alton Brown raved about the pancakes. Everything was superb. Service was excellent and everyone was so friendly. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Food was very good and the service was top notch.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Lovely waitress and staff in general. She was funny and personable and applied just the right touch to keep our meal moving along without rushing us. Great brunch.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

First time at Little Owl - an early dinner with the SO. Hostess was friendly & service staff were nice, efficient. Food was good - enjoyed the chocolate soufflé with coffee gelato above all (good coffee too). Atmosphere was intimate. Would definitely return & recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Delightful dining experience from start to finish. Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere and service. A true gem!

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2.0Dined on April 24, 2018

I sat next to the heat which was too hot and the table was pushed so close to me because the place is so small and packed.

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

We had a lovely lunch. Food was very tasty and staff was attentive.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We arrived early and were offered iced coffees to sit outside with while we waited. We opted to sit at the bar to get seated faster. The service was top notch and our food was great! I would absolutely recommend. It’s a tiny but adorable spot in the west village. And it’s entertaining to see all the tourists gawking at the building from Friends! It certainly didn’t seem to be top of mind for anyone who works there.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Food was amazing... service was good... only downside was all the tourists outside taking pictures of the place.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Brilliant
Food magnificent
Ambience beyond

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

My finacee and I came here to celebrate her birthday.

The ambiance was great, the restaurant was full but didn't feel too crowded, the food was delicious, and the service was great!

Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Incredible food! Great service
And fun atmosphere.
Second time at Little Owl and every bit as good as first time several years ago.
Will definitely include in every NYC trip.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

We were there with a guest who had never been before. He had the chicken and just loved the whole experience

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

OMG The Little Owl is always amazing and I love to eat there as often as possible! Not inexpensive but worth every penny! And I love Chris. Can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Still our favorite restaurant! Always a perfect experience!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

It was superb. Just wished there was something to buffer the noise level to chat

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Amazing as always!

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2.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Although we expected a delicious meal (based on the excellent reviews that we read), we were very disappointed. The only dish that we liked was the eggplant parmigiana. Also--the olive oil that accompanied the bread was really excellent.
The main courses were terrible. Both of us ordered chicken that was inundated with much too much salt. I actually couldn't eat it. My friend ordered mashed potatoes with the chicken. The mashed potatoes were green and tasted horrible.
I would NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone. It's a little funky -in a nice way-but the food left so much to be desired.
I should mention that I'm not easy to please,but the tastes of the dishes were incredibly disappointing. What a letdown!!!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Little Owl is every bit as enchanting as I remembered it to be, and this makes it absolutely legendary. From the time I called to say we’d be 10 minutes late for our reservation to the time we left, the service was warm, courteous, intuitive, and skilled. The food, as always, was spectacular. The chicken is the best I may ever have had, and the bibb and beets is a splendid little salad. Go if you can get a reservation which are still hard for come by after all head years— and rightfully so!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Lovely little place with great service. Brunch was good, fresh and quick.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Been coming here for 10 years and never disappoints!Thank you for a terrific brunch

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Yearly trip to NY wouldn’t be complete with a visit to Little Owl! First time to have weekend brunch though— it was fantastic! (And meatball sliders go with every meal!) Love The Little Owl!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Fabulous west village restaurant.Buzzy atmosphere and great food and wine.
Friendly service.Didnt realise it was the exterior location for Central Perk which is not played up to attract customers.Will return regularly in the future.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food and service are outstanding, the wine selection by the bottle is excellent. Thank you little owl

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Nice cozy place. Good comfort food and nice cocktails

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The place is very cosy and nice and we’ve been welcomed promptly.
Excellent selection of music and fast service!

We sure like to return!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very accommodating of late arrivals in our party. We had a wonderful time!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great food and great service.

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1.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Barely enough space to seat two people comfortably per table - they are trying to squeeze in too many people into a very tiny space with the staff having difficulty navigating the tables themselves and this was on a quiet Friday afternoon!
Do not recommend - there are many other enjoyable, roomy places in the village that don't require acrobatics to get to your table.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Fantastic food. Flavorful and homey. Great friendly service.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

As always, the food and service were superb. Totally gracious staff, delicious and innovative food, with lovely views of the beautiful West Village outside.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Incredible food and wine options. Small restaurant that might require a little patience with reservations and space but it so very well worth it .

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