Windmill is a little bar on the Lower East Side that has great food, which isn’t surprising, considering it’s from the people behind Le French Diner (one of our favorite casual French spots). The menu isn’t very long, but it has things like crudo, foie gras, and various skewers that pair well with alcohol. Don’t come for a full dinner, but if you want to eat a bowl of sliced scallops over creme fraiche while you have some drinks, Windmill is perfect for that, and it should work equally well for a 300th date or just a snack by yourself.
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Spicy Village is not a romantic date spot. Unless styrofoam dishware gets you all hot and bothered. Take your friends, bring a bottle of wine, and prepare to spend $10 a piece on some delicious Chinese grub.
The Late Late
The Late Late is a bi-level bar on the Lower East Side with a subtle Irish theme and a lively basement on weekends.
CloudM Rooftop Bar
CloudM is the rooftop at the CitizenM Hotel on the LES. It isn’t the coolest rooftop in the world, but it has a great view, and it stays pretty quiet.
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Balthazar, you had a good 16-year run, but it’s time to step aside. Lafayette is now the quintessential French bistro of bustling downtown NYC.
Papilles is a small French restaurant in the East Village that’s a good option for a casual date night.
Yatenga is a casual neighborhood French restaurant with outdoor seating, daily Happy Hour, and some very good mac and cheese.
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Wildair is a casual wine bar on the Lower East Side, attached to the acclaimed tasting menu restaurant Contra.
Contra is a Lower East Side tasting menu restaurant with adventurous food that actually tastes good.
Ruffian is a tiny East Village bar with a huge natural wine list and a short menu of really good Mediterranean food.
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