West Village old-timers may still associate the triangular space opposite Jackson Square Park with Café de Bruxelles, a stronghold of Belgian beers and moulesfrites. But more than two years ago, it was replaced by the French-themed Lyon, which has now been reconceived as Cole’s Greenwich Village. A few of the new partners also operate the Soho rooftop bar Jimmy, and as you might expect, they’ve amped up the cocktail program at Cole’s. They’ve also hired chef Daniel Eardley, a local-and-seasonal specialist late of Brooklyn’s Chestnut, to turn out dishes like grilled sardines with duck-fat potatoes, pork chop with white polenta, and plancha-crisped chicken
Cole’s Greenwich Village, 118 Greenwich Avenue, at West 13th Street; 212-242-5966
*This article originally appeared in the January 28, 2013 issue of New York Magazine.