Tartine is a minuscule, all windows space situated on the corner of West 11th and West 4th Streets. The green and white awning and the bitty outdoor tables are quite inviting. The Bring Your Own Bottle policy is ALSO pretty inviting. This French delight is perfect for a fun inexpensive date or catching up with a FEW girlfriends. But intimate is not on the menu. The tables are close together and for those attention deficit diners, there is plenty to eavesdrop in on. The lighthouse themed room can get a bit stuffy in the winter, but in summer.....the outdoor tables are waited patiently for. Neighborhood-ers and the like stand around talking and sipping their wine while they wait for sometimes over an hour before getting a coveted seat at this West Village gem.
Also a quaint spot to go alone in the AM or for lunch. Bring a book, have a pastry and some tea, and people watch. Loads of celeb spottings if you keep your eyes peeled
Must Try the....
Sauteed Chicken with Lemon and Sage: 0pt for fries over the side salad. Some of the best in the city.
Tartine's Croutons: with herbed goat cheese and roasted red peppers.
The Mussel's: while I don't enjoy mussels, they are being devoured by other patrons every time I am there. I hear the Curry version is the best. Usually on the "Specials" menu.