L. E. Travel Tips: Monument Lane in the West Village

So many restaurants in NYC miss the mark in one category or another. The food is great, but the ambience is all wrong. Or the atmosphere and staff are fantastic, but the cocktails or food lack inspiration or originality. Then there are some places that are perfect for colder months, but feel a little too heavy during spring and summer. 

After a few visits to Monument Lane, I'm happy to say this place checks all the right boxes. The colonial-tavern decor of this West Village bistro creates an intimate, warm, and welcoming atmosphere. Large windows line three-fourths of the corner location which brings in ample light and creates a strong connection to Greenwich Avenue. The cocktails are creative and delicious and they offer a nice array of craft beers.

Smokey Tequila Bloody Mary

Smokey Tequila Bloody Mary

Brioche French Toast with mascarpone and spiced apple butter.

I've never been disappointed by the food... fresh, delicious, and beautifully plated. The menu features ingredients from regional farmers and changes weekly. While my photos feature a recently brunch visit, I also highly recommend Monument Lane for dinner or for a place to grab drinks.

The bar and large neighboring communal bar table are perfect for grabbing drinks and/or a bite with friends, a date, or for going solo. And they offer tables outside during warmer months. The staff has always been helpful and thoughtful. 

In closing, I want to congratulation and wish Monument Lane a Happy 5th Anniversary! A significant achievement in the NYC restaurant scene.