PLAN DATE: TUES / FEB. 19
If you’re looking for classic ambiance, classy service, and impressive cuisine, check out Gotham Bar & Grill. An award-winning East Village fixture since 1984, the restaurant is spacious and stylish—think elegant banquet hall—and reliable. Nestled along a gorgeous, tree-lined street in historic Greenwich Village, the spot was created in homage to the energy and beauty of a Parisian brasserie. The menu, created by Chef Alfred Portale, features a variety of fine dining delights like tuna tartare, beet salad, ceviche and risotto, all with a unique flavor infusion just different enough to make it memorable. If you’re looking for decadence, try the $250 caviar dinner.
Is a whole cupcake too much for you? Baked by Melissa has just the sweet treat you need: bite-sized cupcakes in a variety of flavors. Choose from inventive options like tie-dye, chocolate caramel cookie dough, and mint cookie, or go classic with milk chocolate or strawberry. If cupcakes aren’t your thing, the menu includes macaroons in flavors like salted caramel and snickerdoodle. Whatever you choose, the fun, colorful treats will bring nothing but delight, even if you’re watching your calories.
Gotham Bar & Grill
12 East 12th Street, Manhattan
idktip: The three-course lunch is a great way to sample the menu and get a great deal. $48 for an appetizer, main and dessert.
Baked By Melissa
7 East 14th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: If you or your date is not a fan of gluten, there are plenty of options available to satisfy your sweet tooth.