PLAN DATE: THURS / MAY 9
Helping with research and development may not seem like a fun date, but that all changes when food is involved. Convivium Catering, a longstanding catering company, has opened R & D as their test kitchen and bar, a place to try out their meals and provide you with a casual yet excellent dining experience. The space is designed to be homey yet upscale with sleek marble walls, chrome fixtures, and plenty of greenery. Headed by a chef known for vegan and vegetarian food, this spot serves up tapas-style dishes with casual, relaxed service. Head over with a thirst for a good drink and a sense of adventure—you never know what you’re going to get.
Pop over to Bar Belly for more small plates and specialty cocktails. This oyster bar has a cozy, vintage vibe with artfully chipped paint, a pounded copper bar, and old school suitcases and dart board for decoration. Their elaborate cocktails include selections like the Mucha Chica—a pisco and hibiscus concoction—and twists on classics like their Lady Winser, a gimlet remade with flavors of yuzu, cucumber, and honeydew. On the menu, oysters are paired with upscale bar wood like lamb sliders, burrata, and free truffle popcorn. Finishing off the vibe is live music, played by mellow jazz trios.
Lower East Side
R & D By Convivium
6 Ludlow Street, Site 2, Manhattan
idk tip: Reservations aren’t required, but the space can be booked for events so call ahead to make sure it’s open.
14 Orchard Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Come to happy hour for $1 oysters—east and west coast.