PLAN DATE: SAT / AUG. 25
Tonight proves that bigger isn’t necessarily better—and it all starts at Nakamura. This cozy noodle house is a far cry from your microwavable ramen college days, from its acclaimed head chef Shigetoshi Nakamura and unique ramen options (like chili granola and bamboo shoots) to the restaurant’s colorful layout and unpretentious atmosphere. When you step inside, you’ll be immediately taken by the brick and subway tile walls, turquoise hues, and, of course, the bold marquee sign set above the counter letting you know exactly where you are. This is casual dining with a refined palate.
After dinner, double down on petite layouts at Windmill. This French bar is one of the most intimate spaces in the neighborhood, with a black and white palette that walks a fine line between sleek and rustic. A whitewashed brick wall, matte black Edison pendant lights, and the floor’s unique hexagonal tile and wood transition technique lend to the romantic charm and vintage European bistro vibes. This cocktail bar is brand new but feels like it’s ripe with history. (And, if you’re hungry, their bar snacks are top notch, with a special shout-out to their skewered soft shell crabs.)
Lower East Side
172 Delancey Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Aside from ramen, this is also a great spot for sake (hot or cold). And, though it’s all equally delicious, we’ll give the edge to Kikusui Funaguchi.
43 Clinton Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Since we’re nearing the dog days of summer, we recommend the Summer Breeze (with Pineau de Charente, dry vermouth, Angostura, orange bitters, and seltzer).