PLAN DATE: THURS / DEC. 13
If you crave affection and alone time simultaneously, then Ichiran is the perfect spot for date night. This Japanese noodle house doesn’t just specialize in tonkotsu ramen, but in private eating booths. So, here’s how it works: you sit down at a booth that’s divided with partitions on both side and in front of you (meaning that even your server can’t see you/won’t chat with you), and you order silently. It’s that simple. You and your S.O. can craft a unique dinner experience together, texting back and forth about Ichiran’s amazing special red sauce, how unexpectedly relaxed you are, and how distance (and, in this case, silence) makes the heart grow fonder. Just remember to order some of their matcha draft beer (and keep in mind that they don’t accept tips).
After dinner, go from Japanese cuisine to Italian drinks. The Vine, which is located inside the Kimpton Hotel Eventi, is a gorgeously upscale Italian cocktail lounge that pairs an eccentric spirit with contemporary, polished sophistication. Between the rope fixture strung from the ceiling to the sleek bookshelves showing off a display of quirky collectibles, there are talking points galore here (which perfectly contrasts the tone over dinner). You’ll especially love their signature drinks that are twists on classics, like their Early Grey-based Gold Rush and their “Oak-Aged” Negroni.
132 West 31st Street, Manhattan
idk tip: One of you should order the creme caramel, one of you should order the matcha pudding, and then you should pass them back and forth to each other between booths. It’s unusual but cute as hell, people.
851 6th Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: Assuming you have room for a second dessert (who doesn’t?), pair one of their three exceptional port wines with their dark chocolate panna cotta. They were seriously made for each other.