West Village Eats: Where to Eat Near IFC Center

Photo via Tertulia

Since opening its doors in 2005, IFC Center has become one of the best arthouse movie theaters in Manhattan, showing everything from Oscar-winning features and shorts to rare independent films and brilliant ongoing repertory programs. Whether you’re escaping the summer heat and hiding away with Christian Petzold’s fascinating Phoenix or coming for a weekly midnight movie, you’re sure to work up an appetite soaking up all that cinema. With an overwhelming number of dining options in the West Village to choose from, knowing just where to have a meal can be stressful. To help, here are five great restaurants near IFC Center.


Photo via Murray’s

Murray’s Cheese Bar 

264 Bleecker St., New York, NY

From the good folks that brought you the cheese sensation Murray’s, the Bleecker Street companion Murray’s Cheese Bar offers some of the most rich and delicious food in the neighborhood. Come for a bite before a movie and order a large glass of red wine paired with a well-curated cheese plate and return after for a hearty Murray’s melt or refined mac & cheese. 

What to Order: Murray’s Melt, Mac & Cheese, Cheese Bar Sliders, Kale Sprouts
Distance from IFC Center: A 3 minute walk

Cornelia Street Cafe

29 Cornelia St., New York, NY

Since 1977, Cornelia Street Cafe has been a beacon for the West Village’s thriving creative community. From artists and actors to poets and patrons, this beloved landmark serves up delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day in a cozy and welcoming cafe setting. Come for dinner and feast on their steak frites and return after you take in a movie for a cocktail and live jazz.

What to Order: Steak Frites, Eggs Benedict, Bistro Burger
Distance from IFC Center: Less than a 3 minute walk


20 Cornelia St., New York, NY

This intimate and inviting West Village staple features a delectable seasonal menu in a romantically rustic setting. Dine under the stars in their garden patio or cozy up inside with tried and true favorite dishes like the mac n’ cheese and pork belly. Make sure to save room for their heavenly chocolate and butterscotch puddings or their flourless chocolate cake.

What to Order: Pork Belly, Mac n’ Cheese, Heirloom Tomato Salad
Distance from IFC Center: A 2 minute walk


Photo via Tertulia


If you’re in the mood for sophisticated and unique Spanish cuisine, Chef Seamus Mullen has you covered at Tertulia. From award-winning seafood tortas and flavorful cured meats to their praised paella, this charming rustic restaurant is sure to satisfy your post-movie cravings and become your new go-to for exquisite Spanish fare in the neighborhood. (359 6th Avenue)

What to Order: Tosta Matrimonio, Paella del Huerto
Distance from IFC Center: A 2 minute walk

Pearl Oyster Bar  

18 Cornelia St., New York, NY

Reinventing “beach food” for the refined palates of the West Village, Pearl Oyster Bar is one of Manhattan’s best restaurants for satisfying seafood cravings. Choose from a to-die-for lobster roll, fried oysters and seafood stews, and order a glass of wine and spend your lunch or dinner in this cozy and quaint Cornelia Street spot chatting about the movie you just watched.

What to Order: Lobster Roll, Fried Oyster Roll, Little Neck Clams
Distance from IFC Center: A 2 minute walk

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