PLAN DATE: TUES / DEC. 4
French eatery Papilles is relatively new to NYC after opening back in June 2018. The restaurant takes traditional French dishes and spins them upside down with a dining style described as “cuisine vagabonde” — (translated to vagabond kitchen). Here, you’ll find appetizers like beets in different textures with huckleberry coulis, hazelnuts, and autumn spices vinaigrette, and entrees like risotto with sunchoke, comte cheese, dry vermouth, and brown butter èmultion. The dessert offerings, of course, include a cheese plate but also a lychee dish with star anise cream and an elderflower biscuit.
Once you’ve taken your taste buds on a culinary journey, walk next door to vibrant East Village staple Yuca Bar for some of the most affordable cocktails the area has to offer. The drinks are as fun and festive as they sound with house specials including the Yuca Tai with Mountgay Eclipse rum, coconut, pineapple, and mango; the Jalapeno Mezcalita made with Montelobos mezcal, Cointreau, jalapeno, and lime juice; and the Yucajito made with coconut rum, pineapple juice, and mint. If you know it’s going to be a long night, opt for the pitchers of sangria with prices starting at just $29.
Can Get Pricey
Fun, Different, Adventurous
127 East 7th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: The owners wanted a small restaurant so they could connect with customers, so we suggest making a reservation online.
111 Avenue A, Manhattan
idk tip: Happy hour is every day until 8pm so consider making your dinner reservation on the earlier side.