In a city so large and bursting with people and activities, it’s nice to take some time away and plan a date night. Yes, you can find a spot and have a quiet meal. Leave your phones and ipods at home and actually spend the evening talking, not texting. When I want to be wined and dined, I like these restaurants.
Emporio (231 Mott Street) Emporio is a small Italian wine bar and Italian restaurant with plates made for sharing and homemade pastas. From 5pm-6:30pm daily take advantage of $4.50 drafts and wine and free appetizers at the bar. I love their Aperol Spritz. The cavatelli and veal meatballs are excellent. Even sitting at the bar is an intimate relaxing experience.
Aroma Kitchen & Wine Bar (E 4th & Lafayette Street) You’ll feel like you stepped into a small Italian farmhouse. Brick walls, wooden tables and candle light make the perfect ambiance for a romantic evening. From 5pm-6:30pm daily, enjoy 1/2 off wine glasses and bottles. It’s $15 for a flight of three wines and an appetizer. I like to order a few dishes and share. I could keep ordering all night.
8th Street Wine Cellar (28 West 8th Street) I love the menu at 8th Street. It’s meant for sharing and covers all different foods. The bacon and figs with aged balsamic and mascarpone cheese is unbelievable. It sounds weird, but it’s anything but.