PLAN DATE: TUES / MAY 28
Come for the happy hour, stay for the free snacks. Welcome to Emporio—a neighborhood gem serving up $5 (imported Italian) wines and complimentary bar snacks (we’re talking wood-fired oven pizzas, Italian olives, and polenta chips) from 5:30pm—7pm, Mon—Fri. Emporio is more than just a good happy hour though, it’s also a buzzing brunch and dinner restaurant focused on quality, with their mozzarella, burrata, and fior de latte cheeses all being imported daily from Italy, and pasta made on site. The cozy trattoria-style dining room on a quiet pocket of Mott Street attracts locals and visitors alike with casual but cool, non-touristy vibes in an otherwise, pretty touristy block.
Just a few blocks away, Casa Bocado beckons at the Sohotel. Chef Ivy Stark (Dos Caminos, El Toro Blanco) serves regional Mexican cuisine like tacos, toasted pepita dip, Mexican-style sushi like tuna with chiles and spicy wakame, pan-roasted red snapper with red chile adobo and salsa verde and for dessert, a churro sundae. If tequila is your tipple of choice, you’re going to be spoilt, with over 80 types of tequila on offer—mas, mas por favor. Tropical flowers float from the ceiling and fresh green foliage fills the large space, reminiscent of the chic, modern restaurants you’d see in Mexico City. Brightly painted walls, leather-clad booths, and colorful cocktails—Casa Bocado is an (Instagram) hotspot in the making.
231 Mott Street, Manhattan
idk tip: While you’re seated at the bar for happy hour, make a follow-up date to come back for the burger—wow.
341 Broome Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Sidewalk seating makes for the perfect summer date night.