Ah, New York University! I think back to my days there with fondness. I still hang out there all the time, if only to watch street magicians and make awkward passes at the co-eds. But I also have occasion to eat and drink nearby, and can speak with authority on where to do so.
Fresh, puffy, and often hot, Bagel Bob's bagels are some of the best in the neighborhood, and good even when untoasted.
It looks too modern to be old, but in fact this is one of the oldest bars in New York; it's been refurbished, but the ghosts are still there, along with the steak and shrimp cocktail.
This Greenwich Village diner is undoubtedly best known for its mammoth hamburgers, which are cooked under metal cups and so loose and juicy that their buns can barely contain them. Get them with bacon, and some onion rings too!
Understated, affordable, and putting out some very student-friendly Japanese food, Dojo is one place near NYU that you can eat a light, healthy meal without breaking the bank. It may be the only such place. Which is why it's still here.
Is it the thick coal-oven pizza, the piano music, or the primitive paintings that adorn the wall? This is the last of the mohicans, a holdover from when New York's restaurants had real personality. The pizza is pretty goddamned good too.
Caffe Reggio is practically the last survivor of an ancient race -- the Italian cafes and restaurants of the old greenwich village. They still make a mean cappucino, and who's to say the gangly kid at the next table isn't the new Dylan?
A somewhat iconic Village diner, the Waverly is actually much better than most people believe. The breakfast is among the best in town.
In many ways, Joe's is the quintessential New York slice. It's not the best, but it perfectly embodies what a New York slice is supposed to be: thin crust, a small amount of greasy cheese, some acidic sauce, and a paper plate to hold it all up. It doesn't bend or drip or have caper berries. No. It's just Joe's.
Some of the best burgers in town can be had at this NYU joint, which is open late and has great shakes and cocktails. The burgers all Pat LaFrieda specialty blends and travel well for delivery.
The city's most skilled and ardent supporter of Spanish food is surely chef Seamus Mullen, and this tribute to the fire-roasted pleasures of Astorios, in the country's northern part, his greatest accomplishment.