The East Village is so concentrated with restaurants, the question is less “Is there anywhere good?” and more, “How the hell am I supposed to pick a place?” Chill. We can help.
When it comes to picking a date spot, you want a place that’s cozy but not boring, exciting but not a sh*tshow, and, delicious. If you’re looking for such a place in the East Village, here are ten excellent options. Follow up date guaranteed or your money back. (Not actually, but good luck.)
1. The Eddy
The Eddy is straight up delightful. It’s comfortable and bright, with good style plus interesting food and cocktails. This has quickly become the first place we suggest for dinner in the East Village.
Narcissa is a hot, trendy restaurant without being a total clusterf*ck. The food happens to be great and the space surprisingly cozy. You might see Cameron Diaz here, but you can also pop in and have a date night at the chef’s counter.
Tuome has all the date night trappings – little tables, brick walls, on a quiet street, but the unusual Asian-ish food is the big seller here. Both adventurous “I spend every Sunday in Flushing” types and people who just want a piece of fish will be happy here.
As your grandmother possibly said, the best way to impress a potential love interest is to take them out for a nice French meal. But that doesn’t mean La Grenouille, you weirdo. Paris is full of places like Le Philosophe these days – modern, sleek, but still unquestionably FRENCH – and everyone trusts people from Paris. The prices – for both food and wine – are also probably the most reasonable thing on Bond Street.
Suggest Prune for dinner and your date will almost definitely say, “Oh, I’ve been there for brunch!” Impress this person by rolling in for dinner, when the waits are not an hour long and the food is just as great.
Huertas does a $60 Spanish set menu in the back dining room, which is excellent, as well as lighter tapas options in the front bar area of the restaurant. Go big or go… to the bar. Versatility + good vibes = strong moves.
The East Village is full of simple Italian restaurants. It’s not the best known, but Il Posto Accanto is possibly the best tasting.
Quality Greek food in a charming space. That’s what we’re here for.
Upstate has one of, if not the, largest daily selections of oysters in NYC. There are often like, 20 kinds a night. Try 12 of them, and that alone could make for a conversation topic. But Upstate is also stocked with excellent wines and beers, an amazing pasta, and crazy friendly service.
10. Jewel Bako
There may be better sushi in New York, but this place makes you feel like you’re in a super fancy subway tunnel. It’s in the upper tier of sushi spots, and has a varied menu with lots of options depending on how you feel. How you’re going to feel, mostly, is that you picked right.