La Bonbonniere is an old school diner on 8th Avenue, where the West Village folds into the Meat Packing District. It’s a neighborhood favorite that feels like it’s been around forever, the go to place for breakfast or a burger. In short, it’s the kind of place every neighborhood should have (and, miraculously, it still exists in the West Village somehow).
The place was relatively full during our lunch time visit, so full that we had to sit at the counter. The front door was open to the street since the weather was mild. Despite the open door, the street noise wasn’t that bad. There was no music playing, which helped a lot. The only real noise was from the staff talking to each other and the short order cook’s metal spatula hitting the grill top. It’s an open kitchen, so that can’t be avoided. The sound was more noticeable for those of us who were seated at the counter; kitchen sounds should be less obtrusive at the tables.
Overall, for a full place with a door open to 8th Avenue, La Bonbonniere was quieter than we expected. It’s not calm, but it is at least tolerable. It is a good, Inexpensive option in the West Village. Cash only. Odd hours.
Monday: 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Wedensday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
28 8th Avenue (betw. W. 12th and Jane Streets), New York, NY 10014