If you’re looking for a date spot with someone who your coworker promises that “you’ll actually like,” La Diagonal’s big corner space is ideal for drinks and some snacks. This Mexican restaurant is a few feet above the sidewalk and there are tons of big windows (that they open up when it’s nice out) so you can look out like you’re in some sort of Harlem villa. The tapas are pretty expensive and not nearly as exciting as the restaurant’s set-up. Get a few mezcal drinks and the tuna ceviche and use the word agave like you know everything about the plant.
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