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the little owl

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90 Bedford St., New York, NY 10014 40.732141 -74.005249
at Grove St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-741-4695 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, Mediterranean
  • Price Range: $$$

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  • Critics' Rating: **

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    8 out of 10

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Official Website

thelittleowlnyc.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, noon-2:30pm and 5pm-11pm; Sat, 10:30am-2:30pm and 5pm-11pm; Sun, 10:30am-2:30pm and 5pm-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.; A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.

Prices

$19-$32

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Hot Spot
  • Lunch
  • Notable Wine List
  • Catering
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

The little owl is another neighborly little place where the high quality of the cooking is out of all proportion to the restaurant’s unassuming size. There are ten tables in the tidy white space, and 28 chairs, and the most arresting feature of the room is the ceiling, made from antique stamped tin and painted gold. Thirteen dollars buys several plump grilled scallops served over a green, cheesy risotto mixed with fresh spinach and nuggets of lobster. These intricate little creations are the handiwork of Joey Campanaro, who used to work for Danny Abrams (the Harrison, the Red Cat) and who has perfected that chef’s uniquely pleasing American bistro style.

Note

The wine list offers a nice selection of half-bottles, and the big bottles are generally well chosen and never over $100.

Brunch
Sat.–Sun., 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Catering
Fans of Joey Campanaro’s (of Kenmare fame) lauded Little Owl restaurant can enjoy his Mediterranean-influenced menu, including perennial favorites like the gravy meatball sliders, at their wedding receptions. From $275 to $300 (all-inclusive).

Ideal Meal

Crispy soft-shell crab, pork chop, warm chocolate cake.

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