PLAN DATE: THURS / NOV. 29
To our vegan lovers, Red Bamboo’s the spot for you. All about the comfort food, Red Bamboo has a large menu with selections of Asian, Caribbean, and American dishes. Whether you go for the Ginger Beef—marinated soy beef stir-fried with garlic, scallions, ginger, carrots, and sugar snap peas, or go the Caribbean route instead with their famous Creole Soul Chicken—panko-breaded fried soy chicken with Cajun and rosemary seasoning, you and your love will leave the restaurant sated and oh so ready to become regulars at this homey spot.
Afterward, keep with the intimate feel for the night, and walk down to Bar Veloce. Tucked away on the (always) busy Houston Street, this nondescript wine bar offers an extensive selection of quality Italian wines to pick from—including Pugliese reds, Sicilian whites, and Lombardy roses. Cozy up together and sip at your red, white, pink or even dessert wine, as you enjoy the romantic’s delight that is Bar Veloce.
140 West 4th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: The space is small (and popular) so be prepared for a wait.
146 Houston Street, Manhattan
idk tip: If you’re overwhelmed by the variety, ask the bartenders for help; they’re incredibly knowledgeable and very friendly. This said, we also recommend the Rose.