Notoriously tiny (or cozy as everyone calls it) and popular, this little neighborhood spot is always fully booked and the waiting list for walk-ins extremely long. But this Labor Day weekend, I managed to snag a coveted reservation for brunch yay! I had been to The Little Owl for dinner before and felt meh about my experience. But I have heard that brunch here is the way to go so what the heck, lets give it a second go!
Located deeeeeep in the West Village, The Little Owl is actually in the building that the tv show Friends made famous. Look familiar?
|The Little Owl is located in the Friends building!|
When you walk in, its a bright space with a homey feel. I can understand the appeal of dining here - its comforting and relaxing.
|Big windows brighten up the dining room (sorry didn't use flash in this pic)|
|Small yet comforting feel in the dining room|
Ahhh finally...our food! We ordered the Whole Wheat Pancakes, Grilled Irish Bangers, Poached Eggs, and the Bacon Cheese Burger. My dining compadres thought the Whole Wheat Pancakes tasted a touch too healthy and were missing some sparkle. The Bangers were good though.
|Whole Wheat Pancakes and Grilled Irish Bangers|
The Poached Eggs were served with fontina sausage biscuits, greens, and hollandaise sauce. Aka this was Eggs Benedict. Good thing my dining compadres were gorgeous marketing gals because if I just ordered the Poached Eggs, I would need a second order and/or a side order (no potatoes???) to fill me up.
As for me, I went with the burger. This was really tasty - great flavor and not dry. Bacon was juuuust perfect and the dish came with a side of seasoned fries!
|Bacon Cheese Burger|
Sadly, I didn't get the wow factor during my earlier dinner experience nor did I feel like it was an amazing experience at brunch. There are many other restaurants in the city with just as cozy spaces, even more memorable food, and most importantly a manageable wait situation. Coming all the way to West Village for a table that may or may not come my way is too much of a gamble for me. It all seems to be a bit over-hyped in my opinion anyway...
Piggy says No
The Little Owl
90 Bedford St (corner of Bedford and Grove St)
Thanks for reading - Piggy KK