If it isn’t already abundantly clear, we love our West Village Shop location. This neighborhood is so alive, so full of history, culture, diversity, and fun, and we are so grateful to be a part of it. This new West Village column is dedicated to things we love in our community, whether it’s a delicious restaurant, cozy club, interesting shop, neighborhood secret spot, or tradition. We want you to know about it, so that you can feel engaged as our customer, and of course, just in case you ever have the opportunity to pay us a visit.
Our first pick is Rosemary’s. A delicious and charming Italian restaurant just a few blocks away from us on Greenwich Avenue. Several of our team members have been there for both lunch and dinner, and we can confidently say that it passes the “things we love” test with flying colors.
The ambiance is a highlight. An enchanting woodsy theme characterizes the main dining room, complete with twinkle lights all over the ceiling, and brilliant verdure lining the walls. Perhaps the most unique feature is the rooftop farm that Rosemary’s uses for their herbs and produce. It’s simply beautiful, and the freshness of the dishes created by chef Wade Moises is a testament to the success of this special touch.
The food is exceptional. Trendy Italian is probably the best categorization, and there’s a little something for everyone on the varied menu. A signature dish that doesn’t disappoint is the focaccia. The plain focaccia with rosemary is so flavorful and fresh on its own, that a picky table need not order the more complex variations. Of these variations, however, the fig and prosciutto is the clear winner. It’s to die for. The perfect marriage of salty, sweet, and of course, peppery fresh picked arugula from the farm.
Our favorite menu item, by far, was the Siciliana chopped salad. It presented such a bold combination of flavors, including sun dried tomatoes, raisins, ricotta salata, and caper berries. The main dishes are excellent. The market fish, and several of the pastas serve as standouts (we loved the fresh pesto on the fusilli alla Napoletana). They also have an extensive Italian wine collection. You really can’t go wrong.
So, whether you are stopping by for a quick lunch between appointments, or enjoying a leisurely dinner on a weekend, we highly recommend Rosemary’s. It’s a place we love!