Photo: Extra Virgin/Michele Gaton
Extra Virgin has been serving the West Village for 16 years, showcasing a menu of imaginative Italian, French and Mediterranean dishes in an energetic environment where hospitality and attentive service is the top priority. Owned by Michele Gaton, (General Manager of Union Square’s Coffee Shop) and partner Executive Chef Joey Fortunato (Manhattan Ocean Club, Layla, Picholine, Tribeca Grill), Extra Virgin was opened quite serendipitously, as the pair only had one day to seal the deal after finding the perfect location. The duo rolled up their sleeves and poured their hearts into creating what has become a quintessential neighborhood eatery. They have officially opened outdoor seating for Phase Two and are already prepared for Phase Three with a restaurant design using clear glass partitions between the tables to ensure the safety of their diners.
Owner Michele Gaton is currently championing a petition asking Mayor de Blasio to close West 4th Street between Charles and Perry Street to traffic to accommodate extra outdoor space for restaurants and businesses. Michele strongly believes this will not only help to keep customers and residents safe, but also assist with the businesses that have taken a severe economic hit during this time. The petition can be found on Change.org here: https://www.change.org/p/mayor-bill-de-blasio-west-4th.
Extra Virgin’s all-day menu is served from 11am-10pm every day except Sunday when it is served starting at 10am with fan favorites including The Garcia Omelette, a best seller for the last 16 years with roasted peppers and onions, chorizo, serrano chili, jack cheese and ranchero sauce, served with fries or a salad. Also being offered Banana French Toast with caramelized bananas and whipped mascarpone, and starters such as Spicy Shrimp Tacos with a chile lime aioli and pineapple salsa, and Ahi Tuna Tartar served with avocado purée, mango salsa, pickled cucumbers and wasabi vinaigrette for some punch.
Extra virgin is located at 259 West 4th Street; Website: www.extravirginrestaurant.com; Phone: 212-691-9359; Instagram:@extravirginnyc; Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-10pm; Seating Capacity: Currently 24 (Outdoor Only). Extra Virgin also offers takeout and delivery. They can be found on GrubHub, Seamless, Postmates, Uber Eats and Caviar, serving their all-day menu, wine and cocktails.