Wilfie & Nell is a cozy little bar situated right on the edge of that part of the West Village that you might also know as “the vortex.” Even if you grew up in New York, are dependent on Google maps, and have taken a few orienteering courses, chances are you still get turned around down here. Luckily, there are plenty of good reasons to find yourself lost in the neighborhood, and this place is one of them.
Even though Wilfie & Nell serves brunch (on the weekends) and dinner, you should know that it’s first and foremost a place you come to drink, rather than a place you come to eat. Consider it an added bonus that the bar food you’ll likely be eating while standing near a tiny ledge is pretty good. Tables fill up quickly, as do the bar seats, and thirty people can make the place feel crowded thanks to low ceilings and strange layout. Nonetheless, it’s the kind of bar that will get you cool points on a date, or maybe even land you one for later in the week. Just try not to spill mustard on your pants while you eat in the corner.
Shredded pork on a nice fluffy little bun. These can be a little dry, but throw on a pickle and some of the mustard that comes on the side, and they’re at the very least serviceable.
Far and away the best thing on the menu at Wilfie & Nell, and one of the best grilled cheeses we’ve eaten. Served on Blue Ribbon Pullman with perfectly gooey cheese - add caramelized onions. Excellent.
Really good thick cut fries, served with malt vinegar, which we love.