Get directions | 42 Grove St., New York, NY 10014
Hours | Sunday 9am-, Monday 8am-, Tuesday 8am-, Wednesday 8am-, Thursday 8am-, Friday 8am-, Saturday 9am-
Take a French bistro, place it in a skillet, and let it reduce for 24 hours. What you’ll wind up with is a more concentrated restaurant with a lot of personality and very little elbow room. In other words, something like Buvette.
This West Village restaurant has been around since 2011, and it’s a very small place filled with enough vintage knick-knacks to decorate every apartment in a two-block radius. It’s a little bit cramped and aggressively quaint – but that’s part of the charm, and the food will help distract you from the fact that any reasonable person could feel claustrophobic here.
Buvette’s dinner menu is about the size of a birthday card, and it’s divided into a few sections of small plates. The first two (Tartines and Legumes) are mostly just snacks or sides – like a pile of shaved carrots and a potato gratin with chunks of pork belly – and further down, you’ll find some slightly larger things. We especially like the mildly spicy merguez sausage, the rich coq au vin, and the lobster l’Americaine that’s essentially a miniature pot pie. But the very best time to eat here is actually the morning. Your brain might evaporate if you witness the crowds at weekend brunch, but you can (and should) stop by early on a weekday to eat a croque madame with prosciutto or a waffle sandwich that comes in a pool of butter and maple syrup. And don’t forget the steamed eggs. They’re worth being late to work for, and possibly even quitting over, depending on how much you like your job.