The Little Owl

4.8
2060 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

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

In celebration of New Years Eve, Chef Joey Campanaro has created a 4 course prix-fixe dinner at $150/person. (There'll be a $75/person charge if this reservation is cancelled within 48hrs of December 31st, and a full charge of $150/person, if you fail to attend & fail to cancel.)

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 2060 People Are Saying
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RS
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The meal was wonderful. The service spectacular! Highly recommend.

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EH
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful little restaurant, fab food and fab service. Will definitely be back on our next trip to NYC!

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d
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gracious about us running late due to transit issues and committed to working it out. Delicious food in a super cozy space.

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

We could tell that they were waiting for our table to combine for a large group. We were not close to being finished. Both my friend and I are former restaurant people. The manager came over and explained that the large group came very late for their reservation. She offered to move us and pick up our tab for our drinks. We were happy to help and appreciated our complimentary beverages

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SD
New Orleans
56 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite NYC restaurant! Lamb shank was amazing.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the location and the food was excellent. We really enjoyed the risotto and our server was always there when we needed something.

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MB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice lunch with family and friend. Quick service and wonderful atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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SD
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best you can find in the intimate-type dining establishments.
Food is outstanding and the service level is top notch.
Get a reservation, you will need it!

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TM
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful little restaurant! The food in this place is just wonderful. We had the risotto to start and the pork chop for main - the Little Owl is apparently for the famous for the latter and you can see why. It's not an exaggeration to say it is one of the best chops I've ever eaten. The atmosphere in the Little Owl is also fantastic. Definitely book well ahead (up to month) to ensure you get a table - this is one to look forward to.

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CC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! The staff was very friendly and attentive. The menu choices were varied and delicious. We were in town from Oklahoma and had read a comment about it from Iron Chef Michael Symon. We will be back!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early birthday present

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PC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite in the city

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CV
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was fabulous, but felt hurried and rushed. Definitely trying to turn the tables as quickly as possible. My husband summed it up perfectly “our dinner arrived quicker than it does at McDonalds”; our reservation was at 6:30 and our entrees were delivered to us at 6:46.

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LR
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was nice place and great food. I’m glad to was in friend birthday there

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JC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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LD
London
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great ! No trip to NYC would be complete without a visit to Little Owl..

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d
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall it was good. I had the fish and it was extremely salty. Otherwise the rest of the meal was good.

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AE
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The Little Owl was charming in ambience, friendly and professional in service, and delectable in food offerings. I recommend it.

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E
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our annual Holiday trip to NYC from WDC always includes dinner at The Little Owl. TLO never disappoints! This time we tried the chicken and the halibut. Wonderful.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Thanksgiving

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MH
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice Thanksgiving dinner in the city

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G
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant! Had booked a table for dinner but when we arrived they were running a little late and our table wasn't ready. As it is very small there wasn't much room to wait inside so went for a short walk and came back 10 minutes later. Table still wasn't ready so really friendly and welcoming manager offered us a complimentary drink while waiting. After another wait we were then offered complimentary appetisers at seats at the bar. Eventually we were shown to our table and enjoyed delicious main courses and desserts. Really nice atmosphere in the restaurant and that coupled with the manager's friendliness and also that of our server made this a very enjoyable night out after the slightly faltering start.

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e
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A local gem that never disappoints. Delicious, fresh ingredients that deliver a flavorful meal. The staff is courteous without being over-solicitous.

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BB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
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 on November 17, 2018
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
16 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
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 on November 14, 2018
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 on November 12, 2018
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 on November 12, 2018
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
23 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
3 reviews
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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