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Date Night: The First Month

December 7, 2009

Peasant

So, about three months into living together, J and I decided that we were desperate for a date night. Though we absolutely love (love!) living together, we end up seeing each other in our pajamas more than in real clothes. And we end up eating Trader Joe’s frozen dinners or take-out more often than dinners out at a real restaurant. So, we instated date night. We make a plan to have dinner at a new restaurant (usually in Manhattan since we tend to stay in Brooklyn on regular nights), dress up a bit, order a bottle of wine, and have a real conversation! It’s been fantastic. So here’s the round-up so far:

1. Peasant, Elizabeth St between Prince and Spring (Nolita)

This was an amazing meal, and an amazing date-spot. The restaurant is warm and cozy, with a very Italian rustic feel. And the dinner was INCREDIBLE! One of the best we’ve had in a while. I had lamb with polenta (yum!), and we had a great, fresh mozzarella appetizer. I kept thinking that this would be a perfect first date pick.

2. Freeman’s, End of Freeman’s Alley (Lower East Side)

We decided to give this LES restaurant a try since J had been there for cocktails, and I had been there for a birthday dinner ages ago (where we saw Mike Meyers and my dad embarrassingly went over and told him he loved the movie So I Married an Axe Murderer). It was a 7.5 out of 10. Good food, nice atmosphere if a bit too bustling, and good service. The downfall of this place is that it doesn’t accept reservations and the wait is almost always over an hour. This makes it a difficult date spot, especially if you were meeting someone new. We headed next door to The National for a few glasses of wine to kill time.

3. 10 Downing, Downing at 6th Ave (West Village)

We were excited to try this place, as we love New American cuisine with a rustic and/or seasonal twist. But it was a big fail. My scallop dish and J’s “special” braised lamb weren’t good. We thought maybe we just ordered wrong (b/c the burger entree with a fried egg on top looked pretty fantastic), but I can’t give a pass to restaurant where two of the eight or so entrees aren’t very good. Our wine was also sub-par. The saving grace was a delicious banana split dessert with gelato. The decor is bit more open-air than J and I go for (we like cozy date spots), so I wouldn’t recommend this one and we probably won’t go again. Disappointed.

What are your favorite date restaurants in NYC? J and I have been to so many!

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