The Little Owl

4.8
2037 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Gobble Gobble! For Thanksgiving Chef Joey Campanaro created a special holiday prix-fixe dinner $95/person. There will be a $45/person charge if this reservation is cancelled within 2 days of Nov. 22 & a full charge of $95/person if you fail to attend & fail to cancel.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 2037 People Are Saying
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BB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Recommend making a reservation, as the West Village is a booming weekend brunch area and often long lines. Very friendly/professional service; especially appreciated not being rushed. Food was delicious (surf and turf tacos). Decent wine list. Small place with tables fairly close, so a bit hard to carry on a conversation.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Little Owl was magnificent as usual. You cannot go wrong with their Pork Chop and Butter Beans, and the Short Rib special was to die for. Teresa sets a warm and friendly vibe that makes this my favorite small restaurant in NYC, and we return on almost every trip back to the city.

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B
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Friendly,informed staff with great advice as to food choices. It was our first time and we were treated like regulars

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NR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely wee place. Great location, great food and great staff

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D
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A charming West Village spot - small, quaint, and cozy but with a sophisticated American menu of seafood and heartier meat options. The food is well-prepared and nicely presented. The service is precise and unobtrusive. Entrees run in the low $30's but the food never disappoints.

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LP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of my families favorite parts of our entire trip to NYC. Even our 7 and 9 year olds said so and we saw Aladdin! I reserved a brunch as a surprise for my boyfriend who is a huge fan of the show Friends and we had the most amazing brunch. They were extremely accommodating when our subway got stuck and we were late to our reservation. They went above and beyond to write on a napkin, "See! He's her lobster."(quote from the show) And hide it in his menu. The server was amazing with our girls and suggested a side of bacon which was amazing. We all said that was the best food we had ever tasted! Incredible! Oh! And we were carrying our luggage and they helped us tremendously with that. A.m.a.z.i.n.g.

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SH
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a pleasure. A fab neighbourhood restaurant with top quality food. Never been disappointed. I recommend it to all my friends.

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m
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always .a pleasure to come here. Wonderful that it's open for lunch -- any time of day is good for their awesome meatball sliders. And their fries ,which you may overlook, are routinely terrific -- crisp, thin-cut, fresh.

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TA
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wanted to oder everything on the menu! And the service was great too.

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D
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Casual ambience, neighborhood feel, active vibe, excellent food. The lamb shank and the pork chop are outstanding. The onion soup is divine. Wine list has many good Italian wines in the $50-80 range that match the food. Definitely worth the trip and we will return. Great dinner there.

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a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely west village gem..always a warm welcome and excellent dishes.

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MD
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Little Owl!! Can't wait to go back! Always feel at home...

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LM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time and each time it is an outstanding experience. The food and service are top notch!

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live in the neighborhood but haven’t been for many years and wanted a special place to bring my dearest friend for her bday.
Hats off.. everything was perfect! I told Miguel it was my friends bday.
He took amazing care of us.
I will be back very soon. Thank you for being a special place

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CL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Hospitality

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect from beginning to end!

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AT
London
93 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to The Little Owl to celebrate a special occasion, and couldn't have been happier. We had let them know the details in advance and we were treated very well; the food and service were excellent, the atmosphere was very good - a really friendly neighbourhood place, but quality-wise, a big cut above. Definitely a place worth seeking out - and make sure to book in advance as it's small and cosy, and rightly gets heavily booked.

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MF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I wasn't bowled over by The Little Owl. It had been on my list for some time and I am glad that I went, but it didn't exceed any expectations. I would say it stands out because it has very good gluten-free options. However, they could stand to turn the heat up a little bit. My friend and I sat at the table in front of the door and even when there were not people entering/exiting it was quite cold.

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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and fabulous food

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we booked to visit New York again after our first trip 4 years ago, Little Owl was top of our places to revisit. It was just as good if not better than I remembered and a perfect way to spend our final night in New York.

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JF
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice atmosphere, cosy and personal. Excellent food and very good service. A bit chilly when the outdoor was open and our table was next to it.

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DM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was terrific.We had a slight wait for our table and Chris the manager was beyond helpful and certainly knows how to run a restaurant.Service on a 1-10 was an 11.Food was great and we will definitely be back .

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o
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great evening at this beautiful restaurant. Great service and incredible food!

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L
London
112 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last night in New York before returning to London. It was as good as I hoped! The onion soup was the best ever - but so filling! We look forward to visiting again on our next stay in Manhattan.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, the food was great

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a
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were able to get a reservation for Sunday breakfast with only a few days’ notice. The staff was great- very friendly and accommodating. The service was lovely and low-key. And the food was delicious. And it was definitely good value what more can you want? We can’t wait to go back.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, simple fresh ingredients with full flavor. Great staff! Not rushed during the meal.

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M
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I waited (3) yrs to dine at "The Little Owl" and was not disappointed! It is a little pricey and well worth it! Excellent service and food!!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is in fabulous, inventive and delish. Service is friendly, easy-going and not rushed. Love this place.

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PK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, this fantastic neighborhood place did not disappoint. Never had a bite there that was not delicious. Cocktails are perfectly complimentary and delightful.

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NS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Good food and nice ambiance in a cozy restaurant. Service was uneven... they brought us check without asking if we wanted dessert! Found that odd as the check was 330 dollars for three people..... we probably wouldn’t have had dessert but it is nice to be asked.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service

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CC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Cozy little place and you can enjoy the view of all the tourist that wants to take pictures of the house itself.

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MF
Tulsa
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, good ambience, New York strip was the best I have tasted. Very nice area and cozy environment.

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NF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the bibb & beets salad, then the Sea Bass over mushroom rissotto. Had no idea that sea bass would go so well with an earthy rissotto! The lamb shank fell off the bone and tasted like slow cooked beef stew more than lamb. The service was on point and it was amusing to watch all the passersby take pictures of the building (which used as the Friends apartment).

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Heat was set way too high... quality of food has kinda fallen...

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MH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

There were bugs in our table all the time. Food was okay. Ambiance was overall good. Staff was friendly

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Owl window seats are the best for people watching. There's a constant stream of tourists taking pictures at the "Friends" apartment. The food is amazing as well, and decently priced for NYC!

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HK
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a lovely spot for breakfast when visiting NYC

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CR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing brunch for our visit to the city

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