PLAN DATE: FRI / JUNE 21
Tucked into a tiny (very tiny) space next door to Casa Mono, this wine and tapas bar has been pouring out good wines and even better vibes for more than a decade. It’s dark and sexy, and usually filled to the brim with locals grabbing quick drinks before dinner, or couples on dates—enter YOU. The pared-down, small plate menu scrawled on the mirror behind the bar in addition to a world-class, all-Spanish wine list and buzzy vibe make it the perfect pre-dinner drink spot. A true New York icon, you’ll probably find yourselves back here more than once.
Rezdora (which means “grandmother” in the Modenese dialect) is a rustic, Italian restaurant anchored in the culinary delights of Emilia-Romagna, a region that includes famous food cities like Bologna, Modena, Parma, and Piacenza. The chef, Stefano Secchi, worked at Michelin three-star Osteria Francescana in Modena—if you watched Master of None, you’ll be very familiar with this city, and no doubt, excited. The menu is concentrated on pasta, with seven choices, compared to only four secondi, including two versions of bolognese—your only issue is choosing which one, duck or the more obvious beef. Sitting just a little below street level, the brick-walled room is simple but in the best Italian way, the marble bar is surrounded by plush stools, and a leather banquette running the length of the space serves as seating for a row of small tables. Bellisimo.
125 East 17th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Ask your date to get there earlier to nab a couple of seats.
27 East 20th Street, New York
idk tip: Reservations a must—you can make them on Resy.