July 17, 2014
This week we went to Westville in the East Village for probably the thousandth time ever but since it's kind of a downtown staple, it was time for a review. Basically Westville its kind of like a slightly ratchet but also slightly more artisanal version of The Smith. Personally I'm not that into the atmosphere and general comfort level, but since our besties are like literally Westville's #1 fans we're going to overlook that and actually evaluate the food since that apparently matters in restaurant circles.
Westville has several locations throughout downtown, so this review is specifically about the East Village location. They're actually pretty different from each other in terms of crowd and atmosphere, though not so much menu. Guess you'll just have to see for yourself on a presonal Westville food crawl.
Pretty low-key. Kind of like a hipster version of a diner, except with uncomfortable seating. Also, we always seem to have temperature regulation issues here. Too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer, maybe because they want people to eat fast. You can also sit outside in the summer, in which case this drink would probably enhance the experience:
People seeking white-people food.
The service is usually really fast because there's a wait and they want to get you out. If you order delivery, it takes under ten minutes as long as you don't do it on Seamless. Also, like that movie where Catherine Zeta-Jones plays a bitchy chef, this place takes no reservations. Nor are there big group brunches here which is a total mistake on their part in my obviously expert opinion.
Is it conducive to instagram? The lighting is good during the day but the food is kind of like, not that beautiful.
Neighborhood: East Village
Watermelon and Feta Salad - Sooo summery. I mean you could easily make this in your house but it's so much better when someone does that shit for you. Sort of wish the watermelon was a little colder - the ultimate food snob comment.
Smoky Mac and Cheese - The main feature of this dish is the smokiness. It comes with bacon but we're not really bacon girls. It's good because the top is like a little crispy, but not burnt, and the bottom is liquidy. I was full after this and would be totally okay with this being my whole meal.
Grilled Salmon Salad - The salmon was a little hard and dry but the mint dressing was good.
Fish and Chips - A little too much fry, and not enough fish. Still better than what you'd get in London. The fries on the side were phenomenal though and the condiments killed it.
Market Plate - Westville has a million different vegetable side dishes you can order. It's betchy because you can get a plate of four of these and call it a meal.
Honey Dijon Brussels Sprouts - Not the best brussels sprouts I've ever had TBH. Like they definitely needed to be less dense in the middle and just overall cooked more, but maybe we got a bad batch. I've had better ones at the other locations.
Yuca Fries - Ugh so good. Not like French fries since there's "vegetable" inside, but they're not like zucchini sticks where you can take the zucchini out and leave the fried part on your plate. You have to like eat the whole thing and it's actually so worth it.
Sauteed Broccoli - With garlic. If you're a broccoli person these should do it.
Cauliflower Dijonaise - Sort of sweet and slightly Asian tasting, but a little bit oily.
Roasted Zucchini - With melted mozzerella cheese and cherry tomatoes. This tastes like it just came off a grill in your backyard. The cherry tomatoes were actually my favorite part of this.
Mixed Mushrooms - With leeks and herbs. Nothing too crazy.
173 Ave A
New York, NY 10009