The Little Owl

4.9
2828 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Little Owl offers bold-flavored Seasonal Mediterranean cuisine with friendly and professional service. Currently, they offer outdoor dining against the backdrop of their treasured and storied West Village with a single chef's table indoors for larger parties. Both their tented area on Bedford Street and their sidewalk seating along Grove Street are equipped with heaters for guests' warmth.

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.

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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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2828 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCRay
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Skip the overpriced dinner and come for brunch instead — huge menu of every good sweet or savory brunch staple plus a few unique ones, super reasonable prices, and easier to get a resy (and warmer temps during daytime if you’re doing winter outdoor dining on their street during Covid like I did here). Would recommend the poached eggs on biscuits and the bellini for brunch! Our host and waiter were also both attentive and kind, even on a cold and busy Saturday afternoon at peak brunch.

Heating for outdoor winter seating was also very good, lots of heat lamps above the tables hanging from the roof, and one at floor/foot level for each table. Enclosed on 1 side, plus small partitions on each side of your table.

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MichaelT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, great food, nice service. Would definitely recommend.

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BillB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their outdoor space is not only nice looking but extremely well-heated. Very comfortable! And the food was excellent

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ElizabethE
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great octopus and fries! They did a grey job with outdoor dining and Covid restrictions. We were warm and felt safe!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every moment. Service was awesome- friendly and professional. Good was spectacular!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to the Little Owl for dinner in February 2021. I arrived slightly ahead of my reservation and was able to enjoy a drink at a standing table while waiting. The restaurant was backed up so I ended up waiting a long time and after my scheduled reservation time to be seated. When I was seated outside (my preference), I was comfortably wearing a t-shirt because there were plenty of heaters.

I ordered a creamy beef tagliatelle that was a daily special as an appetizer. It was splendid, and the portion was generous for an appetizer. I ordered the filet mignon for my entree and was thoroughly satisfied as it was prepared to my specification and was well balanced with traditional mashed potatoes and broccoli rabe. The drinks were enjoyable as well, in particular, I enjoyed their take on a Negroni which includes spritzer to make it bubbling.

Although I waited a long time, it was very generous of the staff to comp my meal (and to insist, even after I offered to pay for the drinks at least), showing that they truly care about their customers, treating them as neighbors! Strongly recommend based on the quality of their food and the commitment to their guests’ experience.

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vipOwenB
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great service by Maggie and our servers although it seemed like a crazy night there as we were sat almost an hour late. Food excellent. Love this spot and they made my friends birthday one to remember.

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krimart
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was fantastic as always! Waiter was so friendly, charming and accommodating of our special diet - and it was a cozy outdoor space - a little close but with barriers btw diners

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Baller
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic menu offerings, and delicious food in a comfortable externally heated but well-ventilated setting. Great service and prompt close-out which helps when having a business day lunch or an early evening dinner.

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gretchen
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great...he and the amazing food made for a really great outdoor dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food wonderful service!

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FrannieG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, except I do recall some poor (radio-like) music being played in the background. If they insist on playing music outdoors at Little Owl, I’d suggest that they just play something like classical or solely instrumental, not music with words - like soft rock, or even classic rock (which I normally like!). But recorded music with lyrics is inappropriate for fine restaurant dining.

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MB18
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great outdoor dinning both from an ambiance and social distancing perspective.

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vipNYCfeinschmecker
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really great dining experience (very good food, very good service, nice ambiance, but a salad, an entrée, and dessert with two glasses of wine and no sides will set you back $140 (with COVID charge, tax, and 18% tip).

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Deniserod
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We got seated outside, but there were no heaters on our table (the ones beside us had). Coffee was watered down and downright cold, food was a very small portion and cold as well. Orange juice was completely sour. Had the chilaquiles and eggs were overdone and guac did not even cover 3 nachos. Very dissapointed

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining was so warm! And the food was, as always, magnificent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect lunch outside with heaters.

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vipCat16
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved dining at The Little Owl. Super warm outdoor heaters, spaced out with plastic shields between and delicious wine and food!

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vipMarkG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

Great service

best outdoor dining in NYC

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JoelleK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booking the reservation was easy, we were greeted warmly, waiter explained all the dishes, The wine menu is great. Our dinner to desert was delicious. Thank you.

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AubreyH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour! And such a cute setup.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was really good, service could’ve been better.
I waited a long time for the bill and then he wouldn’t refill my coffee as often as I liked.

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vipOlivia
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best outdoor dining setup yet -- was 20 degrees out but was able to take off my coat and not have frozen toes. Food was amazing too and actually stayed warm the whole time unlike some of my other outdoor dining experiences elsewhere.

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vipKatieH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wine! The outdoor dining set-up keeps you extra warm.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff took a lot of precautions. they do charge a covid relief fee but i understand why. great food and service, def. a good outdoor experience—lots of heaters!

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CMB1
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining due to Cuomo. Our first time outside in the middle of winter and it was actually perfect. Food amazing and awesome service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!

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JohnG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joey is amazing. Get his cookbook. Outdoor seating is warm.

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ElizabethB
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner with a party of 4 last Saturday when it was about 35 degrees at 6pm. The heaters are FANTASTIC - two per table. We were literally sweating. Do not worry about being cold, even if you're a baby with the cold (like me). The food is delicious, wine was great, and service is amazing. Such a cute area and really fun. Would go back any day. Made a reservation through Open Table which was easy. Overall incredibly impressed with my experience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Really special evening. Wonderful service and super duper tasty. Order 3 deserts like we did!

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vipkarenn
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific, warm and festive, great to have this little gem in the neighborhood, maybe I should keep it a secret. Food was delicious and service terrific.

MB
vipMarissaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a pleasant and delicious dining experience!

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NicoleL
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

so delicious! they had ample outdoor heating

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vipmmyl
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Highly recommend this for brunch

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kevins
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.

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Sam12
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, delicious food, would strongly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent service. They also have a great outdoor setup, the night we went the real feel was 17, but each table has its own overhead heater as well as one to aim at your legs, we were very comfortable considering how cold it was.

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LisaS
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger ever, lovely server, great outdoor seating set up. I'm so happy we braved the cold because brunch warmed us all up:)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10!!! Excellent burger and Caesar salad

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shawnb
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

They’re trying

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 4.9 stars by 2828 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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