4 Great NYC Dinner Date Spotsby Alexis Lamster on February 06, 2012
Few things top a quaint, dimly lit Italian trattoria that feels a bit like home. With a garden out back and plenty of seats placed not too close to one another, you’ll be able to wine and dine with some measure of privacy. This East Village favorite is most well-known for their pastas, and particularly for its namesake. Ordering the cacio e pepe, a traditional Roman dish, is sure to impress as a large wheel of pecorino cheese is brought out tableside as they serve you your dish.
With an ardent staff, this Alphabet City fixture boasts a full menu of Cuban cocktails that are hard to pass up. An ideal choice for lunch, dinner, or brunch, this restaurant features perfect dishes for splitting (try the ceviche and empanadas), while the entrees include authentic highlights such as rope vieja, maduros, and the much-heralded Cuban sandwich. Enjoy your meal under dim lighting as music plays overhead and the restaurant buzzes along.
Earning two stars from the New York Times’ venerable food critic Frank Bruni, this downtown restaurant with its triangle-shaped dining room is a delight. Chef Jonnatan Leiva has crafted a menu full of American dishes with a certain Mediterranean flare. An ideal meal would be the Ahi tuna tartar, crisp pork belly, and brussels sprouts, or the standout whole chicken for two. Note: there is a four-course tasting menu for $49 that is an absolute must.
This Syracuse-based eatery will make you believe there’s no need to travel south to get some great ‘cue. The pork ribs will make your mouth happier than its ever known, while the fried green tomatoes and mac ‘n cheese will fill your belly. Surprisingly though, it’s the chicken wings in Dinosaur’s unreal sauce that are the real kicker. Come on a Friday or Saturday night and you’ll be able to enjoy live jazz as you dine on some of the best barbeque in the country. Our recommendation: use the wet-naps your server provides!