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
194 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (144)fit for foodies (136)romantic (97)special occasion (81)great for lunch (64)great for brunch (45)hot spot (36)notable wine list (29)late-night find (16)scenic view (11)kid-friendly (9)great for outdoor dining (4)good for groups (4)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Very disappointed. Overpriced and not at all special. Very overrated!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful food and service
    EVFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I'd forgotten how lovely Little Owl during the daytime. Light streams into the space, and makes it feel larger than it really is. Every time we've been here, we've loved our food and also wanted to eat what the people next to us were having. It's that kind of place. Lunch was the sliders (off the charts), melon with prosciutto and figs, the steak tacos and a side of cauliflower and snap peas. Everything was simply delicious. Not to be missed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • (Not so) Hidden treasure
    MrMagister
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Must not be missed! Allows even strangers to feel like friends, well balanced wine list & exceptional food not only served, but presented in a heart warming atmosphere. Magical place..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service and food
    lene
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The staff was super pro's and friendly. Food was worth every penny! I had the scallup dish and the hallibut, amazing! will probably be back next time i visit NYC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Even though the reduced space and high demand, the restaurant and its people offers an excellent menu and an outstanding service
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Can not praise this restaurant any higher than possibly the best meal we have had ever anywhere around the world. The customer service is 2nd to none we ordered our starter which didn't take that long but they apologised for it being late and supplied us with one of the beef sliders while we wait for our starter to arrive which was a nice touch. Overall all 3 courses we had were amazing. This restaurant is a must visit no matter if you are a local or visitor like our selves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Fav in New York
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Little Owl was recommended to me by a friend. LOVED IT. The food was delicious. So many good things on the menu that it was hard to choose. Went for lunch and would definitely go for dinner. On a beautiful street in a charming neighborhood. Now on the top of my list of favorite spots to dine in New York. You won't regret eating here. A true gem.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    A perfect dinner! We were welcomed in and got a wonderful table by the window. Food is delicious, with generous portions. Winelist is good, and service is impeccable. All this, while still able to be laid-back and cool.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good fit but very loud
    LeslieO
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    It's a very intimate setting so your experience will depend on whom your seated near. In our case, a very loud group. Hard to communicate with dining partner. Food was good, but if you're a vegan (like me), menu is small and choices extremely limited. The staff were super friendly and accommodating!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    SusieqVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I have been to little owl several times and it is consistently great. The food is absolutely delicious and innovative and the staff could not be nicer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to believe it's Manhattan!
    Peter
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This quaint neighborhood restaurant has great food and knows how to treat its guests. On a quiet tree lined street with big windows, it's great for people watching. Try the meatball sliders appetizer. A 10 minute walk from City Winery if you have tix to a show!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find
    LD2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    To be honest we only booked here because of it's link to 'Friends'. Once inside this became totally irrelevant, the resturant is delightful, the food amazing and the service was excelent! It is small, but the bookings were very well staggered, so we never felt overcrowded or rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kandj
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It was very good food, very professional service, and a neighbourhood gem feel to it, but I felt a bit overpriced. Outside is a major tourist trap with people taking photos of the building all evening long, since it was used as the outside shot of the 'friends' apt building.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Meal in Years
    Stan
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I wish I could give this more than 5 stars - that's how good it was. Food was interesting, fresh, amazing - every last detail. Service wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unforgettable experience
    AGoodFork
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.