There’s something of a poetic side to the newly opened Villanelle in Greenwich Village. The name Villanelle alludes to a tradition of sung poetry dating back to 16th-century Naples. The restaurant’s menu, crafted by executive chef Nick Licata (formerly of Degustation and Jack’s Luxury Oyster Bar) is fittingly vegetable-forward, with ingredients sourced from nearby Union Square Greenmarket.
Beets are paired with radicchio, grapefruit, and robiola cheese; parsnips are baked, braised in butter, and served with white chocolate and crispy parsnip skin. There are seafood and meat options as well, but always with a focus on vegetables: slow-braised pork cheeks are accompanied by carrots and carrot greens; arctic char comes with sorrel, dill oil, and caramelized cream.
The cocktails are named after poems, like The Wasteland (a bourbon Old Fashioned with black pepper and maple syrup) and Into That Good Night (mezcal, Chartreuse, and sherry).
Open Monday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m.
15 E. 12th St. (between University Place & Fifth Avenue)