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The Little Owl

4.8
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2698 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Little Owl offers bold-flavored Seasonal Mediterranean cuisine with friendly and professional service. Currently, they offer OUTDOOR DINING ONLY set against the backdrop of their treasured and storied West Village.

Little Owl is a corner gem with a big pork chop and an even bigger heart—your home away from home. And the perfect place for an early Sunday supper- with Sunday dinner reservations now available at 4 pm.

Thank you for being a part of our Little Owl Family.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

Featured specials

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Nov 26, 2020

Join us outdoors, on our storied West Village corner. Our tables are perfectly situated beneath tent or awning coverage, with sidewalk heat lamps to warm the chill in the air. 95$ per person, three-course prix fixe menu features Little Owl favorites, plus traditional Thanksgiving offerings.

What 2698 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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vipEkinA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots in NY that never fails to exceed expectations. Delicious food, amazing service, friendliest staff in this cozy west village spot.

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ANDREAS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little Owl is the loveliest restaurant in nyc. The food is consistently delicious, service is perfect, staff is kind and happy to give guidance and the atmosphere is incredibly charming. Dates, catch ups, perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made our anniversary so special

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vipMiriamS
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place, makes me so happy every time! 100% recommended.

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vipAnneS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal on a beautiful street. Felt safe and taken care of. Highly recommend!

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suer
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very good food, nice outdoor dining experience. We had the halibut and the snapper special. I also enjoyed the Little Owl Rosso wine. My only recommendation was to make it clear to diners there is a time limited at the table. After an 90 min we were asked if we minded moving to a side table to have our coffee. They were very nice about it but I would have preferred knowing they had time limit. On the plus side- glad this gem of a restaurant was still busy that they had this challenge. Love this place

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vipSamantha
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Couldn't have asked for better ambiance (even with outdoor dining in colder weather) or service! Food was delicious - I came for dinner and am excited to come back to try brunch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We were off on the side and rarely got checked on; service was extremely slow.

Lettuce in my Caesar salad was brown.

Seems like they’re still figuring out covid dining.

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jussayin
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little Owl has maintained its utter excellence against all odds! Warm, relaxed yet attentive service, food delicious as always, and a sweet, spontaneous lagniappe to finish. Love.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

They said they don’t do happy hour anymore but have not updated their website

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a lovely Sunday brunch to celebrate our parents anniversary. Our waitress was so attentive and thoughtful making our experience all the more merry! We ordered a variety of items off the menu, everything being delicious and satisfying. Their food is very much quality over quantity. The overall ambience and service is marvelous. Highly recommend and can't wait to go back again soon!

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CarolD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Little Owl has transitioned without a glitch to accommodate the new Covid world. The service was still superb. The food outstanding. They've even managed to make the outside dining ambience quite delightful. Absolutely my favorite restaurant in NYC!

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CourtneyW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a cute, simple yet elegant little place - perfect for Sunday breakfast with an old friend. Menu items are unique (chaquilles!) and we loved the simple, "not too much food" presentation. Waitress could not have been sweeter.

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lucilled
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the quaintest local restaurant! The food is terrific and the wait staff even better! A must visit for a fun weekend brunch!

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MJ88
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The Little Owl is an unassuming restaurant tucked away on Bedford Street. The outdoor setup due to COVID-19 guidelines was nice, albeit cold on a particularly brisk autumn morning. I would have liked to have seen the heat lamps that were sitting inside the restaurant brought outdoors, but we made due by keeping our jackets on. I appreciated, however, the tent setup that allowed us to be somewhat shielded from the street, as well as the screens that presented some separation from the other patrons.

The food at this establishment is very good. While neither audacious nor exceptional, no dish on the table (out of the six ordered) lacked a compliment from either of us. I’m glad we shared dishes so that we could experience an array of what The Little Owl had to offer. A standout dish was the roasted corn, which was just slightly spicy and very flavorful. Others ordered were the Caesar salad (simple, but refreshing and delicious), the mushroom risotto (mix in the egg while the dish is still piping hot as it will cool down exceptionally outside), the breakfast patties (a complimentary side to the otherwise mostly vegetarian meal), french fries (perfectly crisp and seasoned), and the beignets (the chef’s interpretation on the classic dessert rather than traditional beignets, served with chocolate-hazelnut and berry jam dipping sauces).

The real standout, however, was the service. Our server was a lovely woman who helped us navigate the menu and ensured we ordered a fine brunch. She was sweet and attentive and made the meal particularly memorable. The host was very kind as well. I will be returning again for the notable service and a very good meal.

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Ryan
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best brunches we’ve ever had. Can’t wait to come back.

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K8EC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

They have no heaters for inclement weather, so the outdoor dining experience was cold, wet, and blustery. We had brunch, and the food was mediocre--particularly the side of scrambled eggs. The ambience is better at night, but dress warmly.

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vipManishaC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Little owl is such a neighborhood gem. The service is fast and friendly. The food was so delicious my friend ordered seconds! Highly recommend!

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ZAS14
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I loved the dining experience at The Little Owl. Delicious steak and overall great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing drinks and food. Plenty of fish options for pescatarians. Always a pleasure!

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JohnR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent, the out door dining was comfortable with adequate distance from other diners. The menu was moderate sized with several selections in major catalogues. The pork chop was outstanding, the Black Sea bass over lobster paella was very good, the sunflower salad was a must and the barrata was ok

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FoodLover
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

it is hard to really judge a restaurant during Covid, but we went on a Friday in October. The only menu offered was the brunch menu, so that was limited. Food was good, portions were smallish, but not unreasonable for lunch/ brunch. We had the risotto with truffles and an egg. There was not much truffle flavor, it was more egg and rice; but it was good.

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melaniek
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just delicious and the service was impeccable! We looked for a breakfast place it’s open during this time everywhere but so glad we found this I will definitely be going back.

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KatieN
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Professional and engaging service. It is one of my favorite places in the West Village for dinner.

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vipMichaelF
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food was superb! The pork chop and butter beans was outstanding, and I can never visit Little Owl without scarfing down the green beans and corn sides. (that corn!!) I miss Jen, but our server was fantastic! (Sorry I don’t know his name...young Latino guy) Hope to see you again soon!

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gersfeld
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Since the pandemic I have eaten at the Little Owl about six times and each time has been wonderful It's still the charming restaurant it was when it opened back in the day, and fortunately for it, the location is well equipped to handle outdoor dining. As usual the food is very good and it's a nice escape to be there amidst the beautiful homes of yester-year, and yet close to the Hudson if you want to take a walk. I'm a fan.

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AndrewM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice outdoor seating ambiance. Excellent service. Best pork chop I ever had!

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SalvatoreR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quintessential west village restaurant. Charming, hospitable and the food is ALWAYS delicious. There is not one thing I would not eat on that menu.

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vipOwenB
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect evening was had here at The Little Owl. Service was fantastic at every stage of the meal and every one of the team here made our wedding anniversary so special. To every single person on the team that connected with us - THANKYOU! You made our night and you also made us 2 raving fans of your restaurant. Hugs, Owen & Finn.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our engagement here and the staff was wonderful!

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vipAbc123
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

(1) Food was delicious, portions were very small though and thus overpriced (2) service staff made us feel rushed, and moved us out quickly as soon as we received the bill (and not very warmly or subtly)

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CarolineW
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cute place! Little expensive, but I am a ho for their rose sangria.

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DanM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seating was outside and very tastefully done, food and service was excellent. Recommended!

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vipjohn
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Covid mandated outdoor seating - very well done. All tables occupied but well-spaced and service excellent. Food as great as always. A very pleasant evening out.

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vipmarkc
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not very much food for the price. It was brunch. Dinner’s here much better for what you get.

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vipZan1
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from the minute we arrived. Our table wasn’t quite ready so we had drinks brought to us and constant communication from the great front of house guy. Very tasty food and the Happy Hour we slipped in to (3-5) was very good: $1 tapas and bogof wine.

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vipHungry99
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to end our Sunday. Our server was amazing welcoming , attentive and just great energy. I’d forgotten about this little gem

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Jared
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for brunch outside on a quiet side street. Eggplant parm is delicious and the french toast looks great but didn’t get to try it. Only miss was the fresh orange juice which tasted a bit like tangerine.

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vipSENEM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a nice dinner with my boyfriend for my birthday despite rainy weather. The food was delicious, West Village ambiance is always nice and the prices were within the expected range. It is a nice, sweet, small place. The staff were kind but I cannot say as an establishment they go the extra mile to make the customer feel special.
I am not writing this as a negative comment but just to assist the management and the team in future operations.
I was not planning to have a birthday cake so did not order but they knew it was my birthday. In the end of the meal, I asked for a candle with my dessert and they provided, together with dessert wine, which I appreciated. Thank you. However, I would have expected the nice gesture from their side without me asking for it. Even small. Anyways, it was a nice evening and dinner in overall during these unprecedented times and Covid-19 reality. Thanks to the team.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Little Owl using the Order Online button. The Little Owl also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 741-4695.

The Little Owl is rated 4.8 stars by 2698 OpenTable diners.

The Little Owl does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://shop.thelittleowlnyc.com/collections/little-owl-gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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