Hello! I thought I could start a monthly series called “Eating Your Way Down…” and then mention a street or neighborhood. Today, we’re going to talk about Bleecker Street in the West Village, which, once you go past Seventh Avenue, is full of iconic and amazing places to stuff your face.
This isn’t an exhaustive list, but it’s a delicious one.
John’s of Bleecker Street (278 Bleecker Street)
I know that I’m not the first person to recommend this pizzeria. Heck, it has its own Wikipedia page. I haven’t been here since I was a kid (back when they didn’t accept credit cards), but I’m mostly including it here to say that, yes, it is worth the hype. Oh, and this is a place where you order pies, not slices.
Doughnut Project (10 Morton Street)
Okay, technically, this isn’t on Bleecker Street, but it’s between Bleecker and 7th Avenue South. Maybe you have that friend who’s really into unique doughnut flavors, but thinks that they can only be found in Williamsburg. Your friend is wrong. Go here and try a ricotta-filled doughnut with a beet glaze, or a Tullamore Dewnut (Irish whiskey and espresso, topped with cocoa powder). The menu rotates a bit, but I believe the ricotta and beet doughnut is a staple.
Cones (272 Bleecker Street)
Have you ever tried corn ice cream? It’s amazing. Like, it should be a more popular flavor than it currently is. It’s also one of the best flavors at Cones, a rather underrated ice cream place. Or if you’re not fond of the idea of corn ice cream, there’s a yerba mate flavor that would pair nicely with chocolate.
Faicco’s Italian Specialties (260 Bleecker Street)
There are those who love giant sandwiches on Italian bread. I am one of those people. If you can’t get to Lioni’s (or Faicco’s other location) in Brooklyn, then this is the place to go. Their Instagram alone will make you want to eat lunch, even if you just ate lunch. It’s also a great place to pick up the ingredients for your holiday antepasta (you know, if Italian holiday spreads are your thing).
Murray’s Cheese (254 Bleecker Street)
Murray’s cheese display is a thing of beauty. You could spend (and I have spent) at least twenty minutes staring at the different types of cheeses and meats available. The staff is super friendly and will let you try any cheese you desire. They will then recommend what pairs best with which cheeses (and of course, they sell everything they recommend), and before you know it you’ve spent over $100 on cheese and spreads, and yet you’re happy about it. Also, do not make the mistake of ignoring the Melts counter. The kale, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich is served all day (thank you, non-judgmental NYC breakfast gods), and the grilled chicken sandwich (pictured above, with an alteration) is a must.
Grom (233 Bleecker Street)
There are a couple of other Grom locations around NYC, but this one is on Bleecker street, so I’m including it. I always spend five minutes staring at their gelato options before I eventually come to a decision. Usually I pair their pistacchio and gianduia flavors, or crema di grom with caffe. Or, really, crema di grom with anything. Their cioccolato and nocciola also pair well together. You know what, just get whatever calls to you. I’ve yet to be disappointed with a flavor combination. Their selection rotates somewhat, so I’d check the menu before going. But the flavors I recommended (with the exception of gianduia) are usually available.
Molly’s Cupcakes (228 Bleecker Street)
I’ve written about Molly’s Cupcakes before. It’s a delightful cupcake shop that makes you feel like you’re back in elementary school. You know, in that good way where you remember playing freeze tag and handball in the schoolyard, and not so much in that bad way where you realize you didn’t study for the spelling test. You can customize your cupcake, or go with a cupcake from the display case. I’m a fan of their chocolate raspberry cupcake.
Again, this is not an exhaustive list, and I’ve only covered the places on Bleecker south of 7th Avenue. There’s more to explore on this foodie-friendly street.
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