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Pier Pressure

The Gates might be gone, but “Ashes and Snow,” at the Nomadic Museum on Pier 54, has just begun. Which means that West Village restaurants become an even hotter ticket.


1. Spice Market
This sexy, spicy scene is a showcase for Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Gray Kunz’s idea of Asian street food.
403 W. 13th St., at Ninth Ave.; 212-675-2322

2. Wallsé
Subtle and sophisticated Austrian fare, with a winning wine list and a knockout brunch.
344 W. 11th St., at Washington St.; 212-352-2300

3. 5 Ninth
Chef Zak Pelaccio is a free spirit with an Asian-leaning palate and a penchant for pork.
5 Ninth Ave., nr. Gansevoort St.; 212-929-9460

4. Barbuto
Simple and seasonal, this Italian-accented canteen cheerfully feeds fashionistas and common folk alike.
775 Washington St., at W. 12th St.; 212-924-9700

5. The Spotted Pig
Manhattan’s first—only?—gastropub bills itself as a bar with (very good) food . . . and a celebrity investor or two.
314 W. 11th St., at Greenwich St.; 212-620-0393


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