Address: 53 Great Jones St. (Lafayette St. & Bowery)
Review: il Buco Alimentari & Vineria is the slightly more casual spin off on the nearby il Buco, but by no means is there a step down in flavor. Seated at the bar in the back room we had a view into the open kitchen and were able to watch the bartenders do their thing while getting input and help on how to best pair their impressive wine list with what we ordered. We had some house made ricotta that was melt in your mouth good and some meats from their market as well, but the focus of the meal was definitely the short rib, a piece of meat to be remembered – it was fall of the bone delicious. The portion size was more than enough for two after some starters. Though the service was a bit spotty and slow for some courses and the price tag isn’t too wallet friendly, it’s the amazing food that will have you coming back for more.
Address: 325 Bowery (2nd St. & Bleecker St.)
Review: Located in the East Village/NoHo area, this is a terrific spot for a cozy date with some delicious food as well. The decor is stylish but comfortable. The booths upstairs are a favorite and work well for a quiet conversation or can even accommodate a double date with some of your pals. They do a good job of executing some old comfort food standbys – fried chicken, burgers, and shrimp and grits. With prices that won’t break the bank, Peels is a good spot for a cozy date on a cold winter night to sip on some hot cocktails and fill up on some home style cooking. (They have a great brunch too!)
Address: 316 Bowery (at Bleecker St.)
Review: Saxon and Perole is a great spot for some tasty food and cocktails right on Bowery in NoHo. Grab a seat outside on a nice night and watch the world go by, or cozy up indoors where the interior decor lends itself to a perfect romantic date setting. The “Little Bit of Everything” plate was the perfect size to share for 2, they have a decent selection of super fresh oysters and if you’re in the mood for some meat, “The Burger” is fantastic. Definitely try the side of chili-caramel brussels sprouts if they have it, even the non-vegetable eaters will enjoy them. They also have some good specialty cocktails, though they could be stronger. If you’re looking for a place with a cool vibe, romantic decor and great food, this is the spot.
Address: 31 Great Jones St. (Lafayette St. & Bowery)
Review: Five Points is a great spot for happy hour. They have good deals on both their refreshing cocktails and yummy small plates. Their oysters were great! Super fresh and shucked perfectly. The pork shoulder hash was the highlight of the meal, and the waygu beef burger was delicious. With their fresh decor and nice bar area, Five Points is a good place to meet up for some tasty food and drinks in an inviting setting.
Address: 57 Great Jones St. (Bowery & Lafayette St.)
Review: Bohemian is hands down one of our favorite restaurants in NYC. It’s got a cool speakeasy feel with its unlisted phone number and no walk-ins policy – you have to know someone who’s been there to be able to get the number and a reservation of your own. It’s down a long hallway behind a butchers shop and through a secret door. If and when you can find your way in, it’s got a really chic/modern vibe, naturally lit from the skylight above and a very limited number of tables. The food and specialty cocktails here are out of this world. We only had time for some small plates but each one was fantastic – the mushroom coquette with uni, the washu-gyu beef sliders, the beef short rib sashimi and the foie gras soba noodles. We’re dying to go back to try out the steak and branzino. If you can get your hands on the number and snag a reservation, Bohemian is a great place to impress your date with a delicious meal in a small intimate atmosphere.