GREENWICH+ WEST VILLAGE
American. Originally opened in 1922 as a Prohibition- era speakeasy that housed the writing-and- drinking sessions of literary greats such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck, this storied restaurant remains incognito behind a nondescript green door on a classically charming West Village street. D (M-Sa). 86 Bedford St., btw Barrow & Grove sts., 212.675.2081.
DENINO’S PIZZERIA & TAVERN
Italian. In July, this family-run New York City institution hit the two-year anniversary of its Greenwich Village locale. The Deninos have been serving their cheesy, classic pies, housemade mozzarella sticks and specialty sangria pitchers to Staten Islanders since 1937. L & D (daily). 93 MacDougal St., btw Bleecker St. & Minetta Ln., 646.838.6987; 524 Port Richmond Ave., at Hooker Pl., Elm Park, Staten Island, 718.442.9401.
Mediterranean. A bright and airy setting with a colorfully and florally decorated bar set the scene for Latin-accented dishes, such as Catalan paella and pork loin ribs. L & D (daily). 64 Downing St., at Varick St., 212.604.0500.
JOHN’S OF BLEECKER STREET
Pizza. This no-frills, no-slices institution has been serving brick- oven pizza to New Yorkers since 1929. High ceilings, wooden booths and lines typically out the door characterize the walk-in- only experience. L & D (daily). 278 Bleecker St., at Jones St., 212.243.1680.
Thai. A tucked-away bar serving housemade cocktails complements this simple, homey restaurant serving Thai specialties like pandan wings with honey chili sauce. L & D (daily). 36 E. 8th St., btw Greene St. & University Pl., 212.529.2363.
Middle Eastern. New York born-and-rasied chef Melanie Shurka names her space after her favorite dish: kubeh (Levantine dumplings made with semolina and bulgur wheat and served in broth). Specialties include Syrian codfish kubeh in tomato, fennel and arak soup, and beef kubeh in beet broth. 464 Sixth Ave., at W. 11th St., 646.448.6688.
Contemporary Italian. Guests can match basil pesto, creamy Alfredo, meat ragu or marinara sauce with a choice of five $8 pastas, made in under three minutes. L & D (daily). 510 Sixth Ave., btw W. 13th & W. 14th sts. No phone.