PLAN DATE: SUN / JUNE 9
There’s a lot to be said for a great sign. Malatesta Trattoria has one of those great signs in that it’s rustic and unassuming and speaks to exactly what’s inside: a neighborhood Italian restaurant that is casual, cozy and so reliably good, everyone who’s ever walked by has probably already eaten there. Among the special touches that will charm you are the handwritten menus, the pleasantly cheap bottles of wine and the simple, welcoming interior. It’s good for big groups or small ones and perfect for when you just want a good meal without any fuss. Stop in for an early dinner and enjoy a Caprese salad or a simple tomato basil spaghetti to share. If you’re feeling carnivorous—which you probably are—order the polpette (veal meatballs) or sirloin steak. And of course, the tiramisu is a must for your sweet tooth.
The night is still young! Keep the energy going and visit The Stonewall Inn—site of the 1969 riots sparking the gay rights movement. Open until 4 a.m., you and your S.O. will have plenty of time to bask in the history, and one another’s affection of course. While a Sunday night visit may be a little more tame, feel free to come back for a Friday or Saturday night dance party or drag show.
649 Washington Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Bring lots of cash. Part of Malatesta’s simple, old-fashioned charm is that no cards are accepted.
The Stonewall Inn
53 Christopher Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Don’t miss checking out the back wall! It’s plastered with historic photos and plaques.