What’s On… Bedford Street?

What’s On…Bedford Street?
West Village

BY CAROLYN ONOFREY

Many blocks in the West Village are culinary goldmines just waiting to be discovered, and Bedford Street is no exception. Home to the famed ‘narrowest house’ in the city at number 75 ½, owners such as Cary Grant and John Barrymore have called the 9 ½ foot wide house theirs. Chumley’s, a once famed speakeasy also called Bedford Street home at number 86 – local folklore tells the story of a man who had too much to drink and was kicked out of Chumley’s, thus creating the term ‘86ed’ known by the restaurant and nightlife industry as a way to do just that.  Although talks of a reopening have been heard through the grapevine no moves have been made and the unmarked door remains closed.  Bar d’O also once resided on Bedford Street, a landmark in the 1990s for some of the best drag shows around where Joey Arias honed his skills.  81 Bedford Street served as a CIA safe house for LSD tests in the 1950s. A two-way mirror conjoined adjacent apartments and allowed “testing” on unsuspecting “volunteers” lured into the apartment.  Today, Bedford Street represents seven different countries, in the gastronomic sense, and provides us with stories of such a colorful past, making it a go-to destination for food and nightlife and reminding us why we love New York so much.

14 Bedford Street – Blue Ribbon Bakery Market
At this market outpost of the Blue Ribbon restaurants it’s all about the bread.  Stop in for a to-go loaf of their delectable bread, or for the perfect nibble any time of day try one of their toasts which range in toppings from manchego and Mexican honey to pork rillette and cornichon.

14 Bedford Street – Quinto Quarto
Although you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to Rome, most agree that Quinto Quarto is just okay.  Very reasonable prices and healthy portions of pasta bring most to this neighborhood spot; just remember to keep it simple and go pasta.

Cocktail @ Daddy O

21 Bedford Street – ‘ino
Best known for brunch and their mouth watering truffled egg toasts, ‘ino is a small piece of Italy (both literally and figuratively).  A nicely sized Italian wine selection rounds out the mood and menu comprised of Panini and bruschetta.

27 Bedford Street – Cafe Henri
Named after its owner’s dog, Henri this cafe is the perfect spot to duck into and grab a classic French bite including a selection of crepes and a délicieux eggs Benedict.

29 Bedford Street – Ditch Plains
Named after a Long Island beach, you’ll find your surf shack favorites kicked up a few notches.  From warm crab dip to lobster rolls and a complementary salt water taffy ending, Ditch Plains reminds the city’s Long Island natives of blissful Summers on the beach.
*It may be a seafood place, but try the ditch dogs!

44 Bedford Street – Daddy O

Come for cocktails and tater tots at Daddy O – a comfortable neighborhood bar where the bartenders are amicable and pour their love into every cocktail.  Whether starting your night, or ending your night, cozy on up to a few of your favorite friends and sip away.  *Really, try the tater tots!

46 Bedford Street – The Village Tavern
As your average sports bar, The Village Tavern does the trick. Prime times can get too crowded for comfort, so stop by during the day on a weekend for some QT with your game of choice.

63 Bedford Street – Snack Taverna
Don’t let the name fool you, Snack Taverna is a great place for more than just snacking.  Solid Grecian fare featuring your standard – chicken, lamb, and fish make Snack Taverna an old standby for many.  Locals flock to this place, making it hard to find a seat at prime times.

72 Bedford Street – Casa
Brazilian food just like your grandmother made (if you’re Brazilian that is), Casa features traditional Brazilian dishes and stews served in a cozy atmosphere complete with white cotton place-mats.  Come early to beat the crowds and leave full, very full.

90 Bedford Street – Moustache Pitza
Known for their pitzas (oven baked pita dough with Med inspired toppings), Moustache is a favorite with the local crowd.  Very reasonable prices and other classic Mediterranean entrees dotting the menu, mean no one is complaining about the simple, yet tasty fare.


90 Bedford Street - The Little Owl
The Little Owl demonstrates what refined, well thought-out food is all about.  The American-Mediterranean menu by Chef Joey Campanaro epitomizes why American cuisine is today a force to be reckoned with.  *Try their soft shell crab to start or the signature pork chop.

122 Christopher Street (@ Bedford) Lima’s Taste Ceviche Bar
If you’re in the mood for ceviche, Lima’s Taste is your cure.  Don’t forget to try the pisco sours!

Many blocks in the West Village are culinary goldmines just waiting to be discovered, and Bedford Street is no exception. Home to the famed ‘narrowest house’ in the city at number 75 ½, owners such as Cary Grant and John Barrymore have called the 9 ½ foot wide house theirs. Chumley’s, a once famed speakeasy also called Bedford Street home at number 86 – local folklore tells the story of a man who had too much to drink and was kicked out of Chumley’s, thus creating the term ‘86ed’ known by the restaurant and nightlife industry as a way to do just that.  Although talks of a reopening have been heard through the grapevine no moves have been made and the unmarked door remains closed.  Bar d’O also once resided on Bedford Street, a landmark in the 1990s for some of the best drag shows around where Joey Arias honed his skills.  81 Bedford Street served as a CIA safe house for LSD tests in the 1950s. A two-way mirror conjoined adjacent apartments and allowed “testing” on unsuspecting “volunteers” lured into the apartment.  Today, Bedford Street represents seven different countries, in the gastronomic sense, and provides us with stories of such a colorful past, making it a go-to destination for food and nightlife and reminding us why we love New York so much.

14 Bedford Street – Blue Ribbon Bakery Market
At this market outpost of the Blue Ribbon restaurants it’s all about the bread.  Stop in for a to-go loaf of their delectable bread, or for the perfect nibble any time of day try one of their toasts which range in toppings from manchego and Mexican honey to pork rillette and cornichon.

14 Bedford Street – Quinto Quarto
Although you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to Rome, most agree that Quinto Quarto is just okay.  Very reasonable prices and healthy portions of pasta bring most to this neighborhood spot; just remember to keep it simple and go pasta.

21 Bedford Street – ‘ino
Best known for brunch and their mouth watering truffled egg toasts, ‘ino is a small piece of Italy (both literally and figuratively).  A nicely sized Italian wine selection rounds out the mood and menu comprised of Panini and bruschetta.

 

Truffled egg toast @ ‘ino – Photo courtesy of Meng H. on Yelp.com

27 Bedford Street – Cafe Henri
Named after its owner’s dog, Henri this cafe is the perfect spot to duck into and grab a classic French bite including a selection of crepes and a délicieux eggs Benedict.

29 Bedford Street – Ditch Plains
Named after a Long Island beach, you’ll find your surf shack favorites kicked up a few notches.  From warm crab dip to lobster rolls and a complementary salt water taffy ending, Ditch Plains reminds the city’s Long Island natives of blissful Summers on the beach.
*It may be a seafood place, but try the ditch dogs!

44 Bedford Street – Daddy O

Come for cocktails and tater tots at Daddy O – a comfortable neighborhood bar where the bartenders are amicable and pour their love into every cocktail.  Whether starting your night, or ending your night, cozy on up to a few of your favorite friends and sip away.  *Really, try the tater tots!

 

Cocktail @ Daddy O

46 Bedford Street – The Village Tavern
As your average sports bar, The Village Tavern does the trick. Prime times can get too crowded for comfort, so stop by during the day on a weekend for some QT with your game of choice.

63 Bedford Street – Snack Taverna
Don’t let the name fool you, Snack Taverna is a great place for more than just snacking.  Solid Grecian fare featuring your standard – chicken, lamb, and fish make Snack Taverna an old standby for many.  Locals flock to this place, making it hard to find a seat at prime times.

72 Bedford Street – Casa
Brazilian food just like your grandmother made (if you’re Brazilian that is), Casa features traditional Brazilian dishes and stews served in a cozy atmosphere complete with white cotton place-mats.  Come early to beat the crowds and leave full, very full.

 

Pork sausage and empanadas @ Casa

90 Bedford Street – Moustache Pitza
Known for their pitzas (oven baked pita dough with Med inspired toppings), Moustache is a favorite with the local crowd.  Very reasonable prices and other classic Mediterranean entrees dotting the menu, mean no one is complaining about the simple, yet tasty fare.


90 Bedford Street - The Little Owl
The Little Owl demonstrates what refined, well thought-out food is all about.  The American-Mediterranean menu by Chef Joey Campanaro epitomizes why American cuisine is today a force to be reckoned with.  *Try their soft shell crab to start or the signature pork chop.

122 Christopher Street (@ Bedford) Lima’s Taste Ceviche Bar
If you’re in the mood for ceviche, Lima’s Taste is your cure.  Don’t forget to try the pisco sours!

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Quinto Quarto

14 Bedford St.
Greenwich Village
212-675-9080;
quintoquarto.com

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