GUIDE: New York

Date Night

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    ABC Kitchen + Cocina

    Multiple Locations:
    Union Square, Union Square

    Cuisine: American, Latin American, New American

    $$$

    Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina share the same distinctive, whimsical-meets-chic aesthetic, seasonal market inspiration, and thoughtful, just-a-bit quirky ethos. READ REVIEW

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    Aurora SoHo

    510 Broome St.

    South Village

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    The three co-owners (one's the chef, another designed the place) who keep this restaurant in perfect yin-yang shape: It’s hopping but not too hopping, with a pure Tuscan farmhouse ambience. Even the waiter plays his role to a tee. “I’m from Verona,” he says, with barely a trace of an accent. “You know, Northern Italy.” Just like Aurora. READ REVIEW

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    Aurora Brooklyn

    70 Grand St.

    Williamsburg

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    The trip to this Brooklyn restaurant from Manhattan is much quicker than a flight to Italy “and well worth it” for big bowls of maltagliati Bolognese; and Tuscan-style fish stew, says New York magazine, “… with the biggest benefit of a Brooklyn lease: a huge garden.” READ REVIEW

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    Bacaro

    136 Division St.

    Lower East Side

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$

    “Blown-glass chandeliers and a marble bar on the upper floor and a lower level that recalls medieval catacombs are easy on the eyes,” according to Time Out New York. Sounds like the perfect setting for carefully culled Italian wine and great small plates of Italian food. READ REVIEW

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    Bobo

    181 W. 10th St.

    West Village

    Cuisine: French

    $$$

    creativity and comfortable nonchalance implied by the hot spot’s name is channeled into an accessible and perfectly curated dining room, amazing backyard deck, and wonderfully hip garden-floor bar. Adorned by trinkets and tomes carefully scattered on mantels and bookcases, the restaurant features small plates and market-fresh entrées that somehow manage to be subtle and over-the-top at the same time. READ REVIEW

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    Bottino

    246 Tenth Ave.

    Chelsea

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$

    Don't miss the lush garden in the back of this joyful Chelsea gem where gallery hoppers feast on old-school Italian fare. Expect art industry mainstays to be holding court at one of the large tables in the back. READ REVIEW

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    Caviar Russe

    538 Madison Ave.

    Midtown East

    Cuisine: Caviar, French

    $$$$

    Caviar Russe is where prix fixe and à la carte menus offer a mix of New American cuisine, superfresh sushi, and of course, sublime caviar, which is integrated into many of the dishes. The entire production is luxurious but never overwhelming, and the service at Caviar Russe is unpretentiously impeccable. READ REVIEW

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    Claudette

    24 Fifth Ave.

    West Village

    Cuisine: French

    $$

    There is no lovelier place in Manhattan on a sunny summer afternoon than Claudette. The whitewashed room is broken up with bursts of color, leaving a space that feels both Provençal and tropical. READ REVIEW

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    Convivium Osteria

    68 Fifth Ave.

    Park Slope

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    Husband and wife team and chef-owners Carlo and Michelle Pulixi opened Convivium in 2000 on what was then a desolate stretch of Park Slope just off the bustling Flatbush Avenue. Along with the neighborhood, the restaurant has continued to blossom and it's now easily one of Brooklyn’s most under the radar, wonderful dining experiences. READ REVIEW

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    Gente Ristorante Italiano

    153 E. 45th St.

    Midtown East

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    Great Italian food—from a menu that seems to go on forever—is hiding in plain sight, just around the corner from Grand Central. READ REVIEW


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