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Cafe Minerva

302 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10014 40.737034 -74.003846
nr. Bank St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-242-4800 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, Bistro, Coffeehouse, Italian
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

1, 2, 3 at 14th St.; A, C, E at 14th St.

Prices

$14-$18

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • WiFi

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Not Accepted

Delivery Area

Charles St. to Horatio St., 7th Ave. to Greenwich St.

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On one of the West Village's most quintessential dining blocks, Cafe Minerva is an under-the-radar neighborhood joint without a lengthy wait. The wine list's welcoming price tags — twenty bottles priced at $20 — draw a small crowd, but the food menu is worth staying for. Many of the restaurant's small plates revolve around the toasted bread from Sullivan Street Bakery, which elevates the simple selection of antipasti, panini sandwiches, and mussels. Entrées are well priced and well executed: Hints of anchovy pop between bites of the lemony pan-seared branzino, and the surprisingly moist chicken breast with its oily, starchy mix of parsnips and potatoes is better than many. The one-page menu also remains unchanged between daytime European-style café service and its dimly lit evening counterpart, making both a low-cost bottle of Vermentino while the sun's up and a $9 farro salad over the glow of a laptop later that night possible. Or if there's no time, just stop in for one of the neighborhood's best espressos.

Recommended Dishes

Crispy chicken breast, $18; steamed P.E.I. mussels, $14; escarole crostini, $9

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