Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Park encompasses almost 10 acres. Its location adjacent to NYU makes the park both a popular hangout and a great place for foodies. Visitors to Washington Square Park can eat at one of the many restaurants in the area.
If you want to grab a quick latte and a pastry, you’re in luck; just cross the street to visit Starbucks or Oren’s Daily Roast. Other coffee shops within a block or two include Mille-Fuellie Bakery and Café, Think Coffee, Third Rail Coffee and CafeTiny Organic Coffee Shop.
If you’re craving a slice or a whole pie, head to Otto Enoteca Pizzaria. Just one block north of the park, this upscale, but still casual, eatery serves a range of pizza, pasta and starters using both traditional and unusual ingredients, from octopus to chickpeas, roasted beets to artichokes, as well as a vast selection of cheeses. Ben's Pizzeria, Fav II Pizza and Francesco Pizza are also nearby.
Just one block from the park, Cafetasia serves Thai-inspired cuisine, while SushiYawa offers a selection of sushi and other Japanese favorites. Other Asian restaurants within a few blocks include Apple Restaurant and BomBar, Galanga, Beyond Thai, Curry Kitchen and the Kati Roll Company.
For a quick meal, grab a table at Pop’s of Brooklyn. This New York institution serves American favorites like burgers, wings, cheesesteaks and milkshakes. Cosi offers sandwiches, soups, salad and other lunch selections. Other nearby restaurants for a fast bite include Gizzi’s Café, Peanut Butter and Co., Café Reggio and Red Bamboo.
For an upscale meal, head to Blue Hill. This elegant-casual eatery serves a seasonal menu created from ingredients produced in the nearby Hudson Valley. Il Molino serves rustic, hearty fare inspired by Italy’s mountainous Abruzzo region.