Corner Bistro’s burger always seems to make the “best burger” lists, no doubt due to its status as a village institution (“the last of the bohemian bars in West Greenwich Village,” proclaims the Corner Bistro website). We thought the burgers were fine, though not the best we’ve had, but the prices are good (drafts under $5) and the place was surprisingly pleasant at lunch. The tables in the front were almost all taken when we stopped by, and the bar was about half full. We avoided the back room because one guy–one very loud guy–made the space noisier than we liked, so we went to the front and took the last empty table.
The Corner Bistro has tin ceilings and corner windows, but the space didn’t feel live or pingy. There’s a lot of wood to absorb and deflect sound. The tables are fairly close together, but it was fine. A group of women to our left were great–chatty but not at all loud. A couple to our right, on the other hand, were loud, with one of the couple laughing as she spoke….endlessly. But even with a loud laughing-talker nearby we found the space to be mostly relaxing and would definitely recommend Corner Bistro for lunch.
We couldn’t extrapolate for dinner or later, though, as the room could get packed and the introduction of large quantities of beer could change things. After all, the following equation is almost always true: people + booze = noise. That said, we can unreservedly recommend Corner Bistro for lunch, and simply advise that you proceed with caution at happy hour and on busy evenings.
Monday through Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
(at Jane Street), New York, NY 10014