The Little Owl
The Little Owl

The Little Owl

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thelittleowlnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127414695
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00am - 2:30pm

    Brunch: 10:30am - 2:30pm Saturday and Sunday (Walk in only)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Joey Campanaro
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Everything and anything one can imagine.
  • Private Party Facilities: We are a full service catering company. Please contact us with any inquiries.
  • Private Party Contact: Maggie Hollingsworth 2127414695

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grove Street
  • Public Transit: Christopher Street Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Little Owl
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.
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The Little Owl reviews from OpenTable diners
207 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (151)fit for foodies (140)romantic (94)special occasion (82)great for lunch (65)great for brunch (50)hot spot (35)notable wine list (28)late-night find (15)scenic view (11)kid-friendly (7)good for groups (5)great for outdoor dining (5)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Unforgettable experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I went to Little Owl for lunch with my husband and our parents after our City Hall wedding. The staff could not have been more accommodating and they went out of their way to make it a special experience for us. From drinks to food to being attentive to our every need, the Little Owl over-delivered. I highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and ambience
    Britdiner
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Based on the ground floor of the building that featured as the apartment block in Friends, this lovely local restaurant is a gem in the heart of the West Village. The service was excellent, and the food was lovely too - if perhaps a little over-hyped. I was a bit disappointed that the wine and cocktails are served in water tumblers but it was fitting with the ambience of the place. I'd definitely recommend it to friends, but might not go back myself now we've been once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great hidden away eatery
    keenrev1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great grenwich village hidden gem. I say hidden but judging by how packed it was i guess it has gained a strong following in the neighborhood. Releatively small number of seats/tables available so booking is a necessity. I had the sliders (as good as they have been hyped) and a pork chop which was thick, juicy and really tasty. Can't recall what i had for dessert but was equally tasty and well presented. Tables are a little close together so that could be an issue for romantic dates but its perfect for small groups and casual dining. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food
    Bellanid
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a wonderful experience the service was great and the food was excelent!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good..over hyped
    Angie
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    the food was ok.. wasn't amazing, but tasty. the staff is friendly, the wine list needs to be expanded. i ventured here because it was mentioned in one of the shows i watch. the neighborhood is amazing.. quaint. the food description was mouth-watering, the taste just didn't follow.. maybe i was expecting too much as it was mentioned in the show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but perhaps a bit pricy
    Erik
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had a quick dinner with only the main course since we had to leave early. The food was very good but not exceptional. The prices were a bit higher so we had expected a bit more perhaps.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kmo1854
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This was my second visit to The Little Owl and it was as fabulous as the first time! The food is innovative and cooked perfectly. The staff is extremely friendly and was very understanding when our play ran late and we were 20 minutes late for our reservation. Love this place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING little find
    Mickey
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Definitely plan to go back to The Little Owl when in Manhattan. It is a wonderful gem of a place - the service was wonderful as was the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    Bella
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Second visit to the Little Owl. It is lovely. Yummy food, great wine, teeny beautiful venue, very friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a winner....
    NYCMDEATS
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My husband had brunch at The Little Owl for the second time and it was just as delicous as the first time. The food is simply amazing. This is definately a neighborhood gem and we would like to keep it that way! Treat yourself and go eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Delicious
    SantaBarbaraGirlVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    For years I have made it a tradition to visit Little Owl whenever I'm in Manhattan and always tell friends to eat there. Everyone always has rave reviews afterward... not a bad thing on the menu! We usually order a few different plates and share. Most recently we had the meatball sliders, chicken legs and pork bun with a side of beignets, all fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was briliant, service absolutely pure, wine glas for 18$ was 100 ml wine in a water glas, rude waitress
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NY fav
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Amazing staff, delicious food, and just a consistently great experience. Always our first stop for dinner when we visit NY. Looking forward to the next time we're in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Restaurant
    foodieforlife
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was simply the best meal we had in NYC on our recent trip. The food was delicious and creative. The service was impeccable. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Commonplace
    marceloalemi
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I went to the Little Owl because I heard it was a romantic place for two. I found a very common and small place. The food was ok. The waitress was very friendly and helpful to explain the dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • West Village Gem
    Mitch
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My favorite small intimate restaurant in NYC. Terrific in all ways and very accommodating and flexible with the menu. But make reservations early (30days ahead)-only 10 tables.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite places in NY
    alliyoo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Whenever I visit New York, I make it a must on my itinerary to eat at the Little Owl and recommend it to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pamper your taste buds
    NYCJulia
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Sliders awesome. Soft shell crab with linguine a treasure. Friends had sea bass and salmon dishes..."best fish preparation." Apple strudel with gelato-yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This visit was a bit of a miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We normally love the Little Owl and cycled there on a warm summer day afternoon anticipating a great lunch. We were surprised to note that the lunch time chicken offering had now morphed into cruchy fried chicken legs. Being used to a great experience we decided to go with the flow and split a plate of the delicous corn side along with individual orders of the chicken legs. Well I must say that we were somewhat unpleasantly surprised at the outcome. The skin beneath the batter was a tad undercooked and most surpising was the lack of flavor intensity given the darker meat of the chicken leg. They should return to the chicken breast with the sherry vinergar as the acidity and flavoring is a tastier counterpoint to the carmelized grilled corn.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not disappoint
    KumailVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had been wanting to try The Little Owl for some time now but is always tough to get a reservation. The food was solid, the ambiance warm and neighborhood-esque and the service excellent. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adored This Place
    Good
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Service was great, food was great, and the place itself is just very well done for a small atmosphere where you feel important and cared about. I adored the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small intimate and delicious
    GraceBKVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We loved everything about our dinner at the Owl. This is just the type of restaurAnt that I love. Fresh, seaonal,creative but not pretentious. Some chefs take creativity too far and you can't recognize what you are eating. My favorite was the Mexican corn- served family style perfectly done and clearly fresh as can be. And the lamb chops were perfect. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nativeitalian
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Delightful place, tables very close but wasn't a problem with conversation. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a good place to date
    Evelyn0410
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A lot of friends have recommended this restaurant to me. Not only because it is the house in "Friends", but it is also mentioned in "Suits". Went there to have brunch with my friend; definitely a good and romantic place to date! The foods are delicate and tasty, even though I am actually not a big fan of American food, but it's a really amazing experience!I really like this place. Btw, it's not that easy to book a table, so make an reservation in advance:)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply supreme!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    What a charming, delightful cosy restaurant. Very friendly and accommodating staff and wonderful, wonderful food. I couldn't recommend the Little Owl enough and will definitely visit again when I'm next in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jennifer from Boston
    FoodiefromBoston
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Friends from Boston recommended this place and it more then lived up to their recommendation! Fab restaurant and charming neighbor made it a five start on our list. We go again on our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is such a great place. It's tiny and intimate, and perfect for a couple or small group. We had the pork chop, and it was wonderful. Really love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Nice place, excellent food, a little pricy but located in a great neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An nyc gem
    Eclass3180VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I'm always so pleased with the little owl. One of the few restaurants which are committed to excellence
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    AJUSTIN
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We enjoyed the food and ambiance. The service was perfect and prompt. Our dinner was delicious and as others have said the gravy sliders are delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • little owl never disappoints
    jisgro212
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Each time I go to the Little Owl the food is amazing, service outstanding and atmosphere fun and vibrant. Joe Campanero never disappoints me!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Owl is a gem w/ amazing food
    RobbVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Every dish is thought out brimming with flavor from everything on the plate and it all goes together. The quality not only is evident in the proteins like meat or fish - but every vegetable is at its peak of flavor and tastes like it just came from the market. The service from the host to all staff make us feel like we are visiting friends that are making a really good dinner. And the wine list is varied, but priced so reasonably - they don't give up on quality. I absolutley look forward to having any meal at The Little Owl - it is always amazing and anyone I bring from out of town wishes they could transport this restaurant to their hometown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • There's better choices in NYC
    Lummer
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    A quaint restaurant that has a small seating capacity and a somewhat small menu. Four of us were visiting from out of town and went for lunch on the recommendation of a friend. And we like to enjoy food experiences while on vacation. We made a reservation a week in advance. We shared three appetizers - meatball sliders, corn chowder and gravlox. Sliders were very good and the other two were ok. We shared three entrees - eggplant parm, steak tacos and chicken. I wasn't a huge fan of any of the three. I wouldn't rush back. The service however, was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Birthday lunch!
    FoodloverSFVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I chose the Little Owl for my husband's birthday lunch as it is noted for it's cheeseburger. He was not disappointed! Throughout our two week trip to New York and London, this was his favorite by far! Of the many restaurants we we went to this tiny spot in the West Village had the edge for all around food, service and ambiance. The staff is young but well trained in hospitality and could have not been more welcoming or accommodating. The Cheeseburger was everything my husband dreamed of as a cheeseburger aficionado! We each ordered a salad that we wanted to share and they gave us a beautiful rectangular plate with each salad beautifully presented. The experience was memorable, in a wonderful way, from beginning t end!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent brunch
    Kate300
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We went for a delicious brunch on our wedding anniversary, it was a great way to begin our stay in New York. Both the pancakes and eggs were delicious. The Little Owl is full of character and in a lovely location too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Symposium
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our first visit to Little Owl. Asked for a nice table near the window through Open Table, and after some mumbling of the Maître Dit, ended up overlooking the kitchen and the walls. It is a truly lovely restaurant in terms of atmosphere, size, decoration, but the service and the food itself leave much to be desired. The portions are small, food is not hot when served, and the prizes are steep. The staff is barely making eye contact with you and is trying to get you out of the door as soon as possible. Just have a drink here and go and have your dinner elsewhere...
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic Restaurant, Great Food!
    Martin
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Little Owl is my favorite restaurant in NY. The food is always outstanding, as well as the service and ambience. I love the wine bottles on the wall, the background music, and how cozy the restaurant feels. The chef does an outstanding job, especially in such a small kitchen.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Delish
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had a late lunch at the Little Owl and it was the best meal of my life. The food was delicious, wine was wonderful and the service was excellent. This is a place you must experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cute villager
    larry
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This is a cute restaurant and we enjoyed the food and service. Unfortunately we were hoping for something a little more romantic and maybe we were unlucky (or a little too old) but the restaurant was too noisy for us. We had trouble hearing each other as noise bounced of the metal ceiling.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely
    loveshirls
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    cute little restaurant. friendly staff. food was delicious. i got their special that day - duck salad with blueberries and almonds. it was delicious! all my friends thoroughly enjoyed their meals too. and there were definitely groups of people outside the restaurant snapping photos since the exterior was used in the opening credits of Friends!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate