PLAN DATE: TUES / AUG. 6
If you like your romance like you like your attention—front and center—then there’s no better place to start the evening than with drinks and small plates at Dirty French in the Ludlow Hotel. Something about this place feels straight out of a sexy Parisian film scene, lightly remixed with Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. The staff all seem to be straight off the runway, and the chandelier-laden ceiling is mesmerizing. Can’t grab a last minute table? Take a seat at the Lobby Bar—there’s a limited, but still pleasing, food menu.
For a mix of high and low, make your next food stop Vanessa’s Dumpling House, a quick and crowded hotspot known for its cheap, delicious digs and no frills goodness—aka just the spot to pile on different snacks and dishes till you’re stuffed. Load up on dumplings (steamed, fried or drizzled with spicy sauce), slurp on their nourishing soups, devour their Beijing style buns and don’t forget to at least split a stuffed sesame pancake, the perfect combination of savory bread, fresh vegetables and your choice of meat. There’s no way you won’t feel the love using a pair of these chopsticks.
Lower East Side
180 Ludlow Street, Manhattan
idk tip:We recommend making a reservation in advance if you ever choose to come on a weekend evening.
Vanessa’s Dumpling House
118A Eldridge Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Definitely order some hot green tea to sip on after your meal—it’s the smoothest blend you’ll ever taste.