PLAN DATE: SUN / MAY 6
If you enjoy music while you’re out on the town, then Harlem Nights has you more than covered. This laidback bar is covered floor-to-ceiling in guitars and violins, has brass instruments hanging from the ceiling, and even has a gutted piano doubling as a wall fixture. So, to start the night off, order one of their craft cocktails, enjoy some live music (not with the aforementioned instruments, though), and maybe even order some starters to hold you over ‘til dinner (we recommend the beer-battered chicken nuggets).
Once you feel loosened up, indulge in some authentic French-African cuisine courtesy of Ponty Bistro Harlem. Between the modern, matte black entrance, marble tabletops, and African art donning the walls, this charming bistro is a necessary stop for all Harlem-bound foodies and romantics alike. Chef Cisse brings a unique blend of elegance and attention to detail with gorgeously-plated options like the Terrine de Foie Gras, Grilled Shrimp Basquaise (with lemongrass curry coconut), and the parchment paper-wrapped Stuffed Flounder Alla Papillote. You two will fall in love with this restaurant’s modern charm and sophistication.
Can Get Pricey
2361 7th Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: You may be adults, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get nostalgic for summery childhood treats. So, do yourselves a favor and order a couple cherry limonade snow cones.
Ponty Bistro Harlem
2375 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, Manhattan
idk tip: Their Tarte Tatin (aka caramelized apples) is a perfect dessert for anyone craving something sweet, light, and very French.