Recette

Address: 328 West 12th Street, New York City, 10014, United States
Telephone: 212-414-3000

- Mid-range

4.6

One of the best and most affordable brunch places in the West Village.

Like many a West Village resident, I've not been happy with the influx of mini-mall type eateries and shops. That's why I welcomed the addition of Recette in early 2010. It's a small restaurant, run by people who care about good food and good times rather than the bottom line. It's one of my favorite dinner and brunch spots in the area. 

Food and drink
4.6
90%
Service
4.9
90%
Food and drink
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.1
90%
Ambience
4.5
90%
Location
4.4
90%

Food and drink

The food is fresh and the menu is split into two sections: snacks and plates. As the names suggest, the portions are significantly larger for the plates. But all dishes emphasize flavor and craftsmanship. 

Recommended dishes

The best dishes marry seasonality and innovative seasoning. I liked the white anchovy and salt cod fritters; my friends, the spring pea soup with sea scallops and foie gras and the Berkshire pork belly with fingerling potatoes. I also loved the hamachi snack. Wish it was a bigger portion. 

Ambience

Antiques and votive candles create an inviting and homey atmosphere, which is reflected in the food and the crowd. The eatery is usually filled but never noisy or boisterous. It's a great place to take a date. 

Service

Excellent. I can't say enough about the warm staff and their efficiency and you have three people who serve you. 

Location

On a quiet street in the heart of the West Village. It's a bit off the usual track. 

Price advice

Depending on whether you order several snacks as your main course or a plate or two, dinner for two costs about $90. If you want to save a bundle, head to the restaurant for Saturday brunch which is only $20 per person. 

Tables to book

I like the window seats as they afford views of the street.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Singles
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Romance
  • Trendiness

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