An Escape from Sunday Showers

Little Owl, at the corner of Bedford and Grove Streets, in the West Village

It’s been very wet in New York today. The kind of day where you want to do nothing other than catch up on sleep or on your Netflix queue.

The only thing tempting enough to lure us out into the seemingly unending downpour? The promise of a delicious brunch.

Not wanting to be out in the rain for too long, we decided to stay close to home. We grabbed our umbrellas and ran up Bedford Street to The Little Owl. A perfect little spot for waiting out a stormy day.

The Little Owl, a 10-table restaurant in the West Village

When we say little, we mean very little. The space houses just 10 tables, all close together, surrounded by large windows. Even with today’s cloud cover, the restaurant was filled with light, which gleamed brilliantly off of the gold painted tin ceiling.

Luckily for us, the usually packed café was understandably quieter today, and we were surprisingly seated right away.

The menu at Little Owl

We sat at the prime corner table—perfect for Village people watching—and our waitress brought over two piping hot cups of coffee, in mismatched mugs. The Little Owl is always full of such tiny quirks that add to the excellence of Chef Joey Campanaro’s seasonal menu.

We tried the Cherry Bomb cocktail, a sanguine punch of Wakatake Onigoroshi “Demon Slayer” sake, with sour cherry and lime. Refreshingly tart and not overly sweet—a perfect wake-up call for the taste buds.

Chef Tampanaro's meatball sliders at Little Owl

As for dishes, Little Owl is (rightfully) famous for their gravy meatball sliders, an unctuous blend of beef, pork, veal and pecorino cheese, served three to a plate with perfectly matching buns.

These meatballs have grown so popular that more than a thousand are served each week at Little Owl and the recipe has even been published in New York Magazine.

Cherry Bomb and smoked salmon at Little Owl

We feasted on these, as well as equally tasty plate of smoked salmon and eggs, accompanied by chives and a tender baguette and a dollop of tangy crème fraîche. Cheddar grits rounded out our homey, cozy meal.

After sipping our coffee and watching the Village pass by for a few moments, we braved the raging shower and took a walk through our neighborhood. We love to take in the beautiful homes and the rain poncho-adorned tourists, all the same.

Have a great Monday!

- Ryan and Laura

The Little Owl on Urbanspoon


  1. myFudo
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:43:55

    Love the photos. The burgers look delicious. Now I can’t get it out of my mind.


    • Smith & Ratliff
      Aug 16, 2011 @ 14:07:25

      Thanks! I could go for a round of those sliders right now. Did you see the link to the recipe? Maybe I’ll give them a try at home! -LR


  2. michelle
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 10:59:28

    I was there two nights ago and had the sliders. So good!!


Leave a Reply

Back to Top