PLAN DATE: MON / JAN. 21
Tonight’s about discovering some of East Village’s hidden gems. Start at Haile, a small, understated restaurant that promises some of the best Ethiopian food you’ve ever had. With exposed brick walls, framed folk art, and an unassuming atmosphere, the restaurant is perfectly romantic for the two of you to enjoy each other’s company (and your meal). The spot also caters equally to vegetarians and meat-lovers alike, with enough options to satisfy whatever your taste buds desire. Order a combo and have your meal ‘family-style’. The two of you will share the injera (bread) alongside the sides you’ve ordered, actually eating out of the same plate. It doesn’t get more intimate than that.
Afterward, keep with the laid-back vibes and head over to B-Side, a small dive bar that you might miss if you’re not careful. Seemingly unimpressive on the outside, the bar more than makes up for it with its offerings. The co-owners (one of whom is the drummer from the rock band Demander) have dedicated this spot to music-lovers and so the jukebox here is specially curated—think artists like Motorhead, the Misfits, Elvis—it’s all very punk-rock-glamour. End your night with a few beers, playing a game of pool with other patrons, and taking in the chill vibes.
182 Avenue B, Manhattan
idk tip: If you’re feeling like a drink with dinner, they have a lovely honeyed wine we’re big fans of.
204 Avenue B, Manhattan
idk tip: Happy hour here goes from 3pm-8pm every day, with drinks priced half-off.