The Little Owl is Still Perfect

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The Little Owl is still perfect! I've gone for brunch, lunch, and dinner (including my birthday dinner last year) over and over again - and it remains one of my top five favorites in all of New York. One of my brothers is here for six weeks from L.A. for work, and we met there today.

It. Is. Perfect. Tiny, cozy, homey, delicious, friendly, and one of the best corners in the city. Share the signature dish - meatball sliders on garlic buns - three to an order. It's one of the greatest bites you can have in the city. You can only get the whole wheat pancakes at brunch and they melt in your mouth as opposed to your normal doughy, heavy pancake.

Then wander the West Village - over to the Hudson River, on Bleecker, Hudson, and Christopher Streets - a Sunday that's hard to beat!

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Brunch at The Little Owl

Look familiar? It's where Monica, Rachel, Chandler & Joey lived on Friends! And it's also where one of the best restaurants in New York, The Little Owl, is.  This tiny corner restaurant seats 34 people max, but if you go exactly at 10:30 a.m. when it opens on Saturday or Sunday, you won't wait for brunch. I've been for dinner, which is also great, but you can't beat the location for brunch on a gorgeous New York day.  Winter came for two days, and it is now spring again. 

The host is one of the nicest guys I've ever met at an NYC restaurant, the whole wheat pancakes were fluffy and divine (they are Alton Brown's favorite "cake" from Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate), and the brussel sprouts were addicting. I just might go back next weekend.

How To Get a Dinner Reservation

Call at 10 a.m. exactly one month before the date you want to go-if you want to go on February 12, call on January 12 at 10 a.m.  OpenTable Reservations open 28 days before, so all the good slots will be taken by then. Better to call!