PLAN DATE: THURS / JULY 25
The rustic-chic vibes are real here at pretty and pleasant Portuguese restaurant Taberna 97, a hole-in-the-wall eatery serving up fiery, farm to table foods. The romance at this tiny tavern speaks for itself, with chunky wood beams lining the ceiling, intricate, geometric tiled blue floors and warm, wonderful golden candlelight sinking into the red brick walls that make up the sweet scene for your hearty Portuguese dinner. With everything from ingredients to decor shipped straight from Portugal, this food-and-wine-forward menu includes Croquets de Alheira (sausage croquettes), Cod Fritters (parsley, aioli, lemon), Jumbo Shrimp (white wine sauce), and Grilled Sirloin Steak Au Poivre for a simple, satisfying selection of Portuguese homestyle cooking. You’ll feel so happy at home with your love, you won’t know when to leave.
This sultry, sexy, low-key bar specializes in Mezcal, Tequila, and Rye, so you know you and your person are in for a flirty night with each other for sure. The upscale-Western feel here combines with an impressive selection of drinks and spirits for a unique, memorable cocktail experience, with shiny dark wood, deep turquoise walls and smoky leather seating setting up the perfect place to indulge and get boozy. Think fresh drinks like the Caminante (Azteca Azul Tequila, Jalapeño, Lemon, Almond, Mint) Romero (Rey Campero Espadín Mezcal, Genepy, Mango Brandy, Rosemary, and Primer Beso (Cruz de Fuego Espadín Mezcal, Watermelon, Pineapple, Lime, and if you’re feeling frisky, hit one of their four different Flights of Rye or Agave.
97 Saint Marks Place, Manhattan
idk tip: Seafood is a specialty here, and we really recommend their Grilled Octopus.
649 East 9th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: If you find yourself craving something special to go along with your drinks, do not hesistate to order a few steamy, authentic Tamales.