PLAN DATE: THURS / FEB. 28
Spending time with the one you love is always a good time, and it’s even better when you get to expand your tastes. Start tonight at Buenos Aires, an Argentinian steakhouse in the East Village. Argentina native Ismael Alba opened the spot to bring the truest taste of his homeland to New York City. With a warmly lit dining room, exposed brick walls, dark wood chairs and tables, and dark wood framed mirrors, expect elegance in an inviting atmosphere. The cherry on top is the authentic Buenos Aires vibe—from the black and white photographs of traditional scenes of the city, the cowhide seating area in the back of the dining room, and the Argentinean tunes that round off the experience to make it an unforgettable night for you and your love.
Then, expand your palate to Hawaiian flavors. Take a short walk down to Mother of Pearl, a post-modern, Polynesian cocktail bar. It’s the perfect follow up to a night all about authenticity. The entrance is lined with hardy banana plants and sheer curtains. Flowery banquettes and a tiled bar top with Polynesian statue inspired bar stools complete the picture. While their vegan fare is definitely a plus, the real show-stoppers are their cocktails. Ask for their Shark-Eye cocktail—it has passion fruit with maraschino and bourbon, and it’s poured over pebble ice into a shark-shaped glass. Cherry-red tiki bitters are dashed into the drink and allowed to dribble down the side of the shark’s mouth to finish.
513 East 6th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Dessert is a must here. We recommend the Panqueque de Dulce de Leche.