PLAN DATE: MON / FEB. 18
This quaint, cozy little eatery is not only where you and your love can share a delicate French meal, but also get a dose of much-needed greenery to fuel your spirits in the dead of winter. An ambiance destined for romance, it’s all lush green plants, exposed brick, rough wood floors, and flowers galore that surround you bite after bite of your decadent, classic bistro meal. The fries that come with the steak frites are perfectly crispy, you can’t forget to try the seafood linguini (fresh pasta, clams, mussels, creamy saffron sauce; featured on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate). With amazing apps that go a long way, like duck wontons with cranberry ketchup, it’s just the spot to cozy up and indulge.
After you’ve both snuggled up, wined, and dined, head over to rustically cute craft beer and cocktail bar The Belfry, a dark and warm East Village nook that offers a comfortable, pleasantly decorated atmosphere to get a little boozy in. They’ve got a bunch of lovely cocktails, like the tasty Perfect Pear (naval strength gin, elderflower, lemon, pear) or the wonderfully autumnal Maple New York Sour (rye, lemon, maple syrup, red wine float), but the real kick is their spunky pickle focus. The menu spans everything from The Classic (Irish whiskey and the city’s best pickle brine) to the interesting BB-Cue Back (Bulleit bourbon followed by a smoky spicy brine). So, if you like pickles, or even if you don’t, this is the perfect eccentric twist to add some fun to your night.
4004 190 1st Avenue, Manhattan
idktip: You need to finish your meal with some beignets—these sinful fried confections come with an oreo inside.
222 East 14th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Definitely go for their interestingly classy Pickle Martini.