Looking for the perfect date night spot in NYC? Check out these understated finds that not only provide the best food and drinks but the perfect atmosphere.
Eastside Sophistication: MIFUNE New York
Michelin-recognized Japanese restaurant MIFUNE New York is discreetly tucked away in midtown, featuring Washoku cuisine that is showcased two new tasting menus. The sleek, open restaurant is inviting, with service that is accomadateing but not overwhelming.
Created by Executive Chef team Yuu Shimano (Guy Savoy’s eponymous three Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris)and Chef Tomohiro Urata (three Michelin-starred La Maison Troisgros in Roanne), the duo bring a tasting that is creative, surprising and beautiful in presentation.
Don’t miss out on the Quail Caviar (a Chef Shimano creation that resembles a bird’s nest with a poached quail egg atop crispy potatoes with sturgeon caviar and sunchoke purée underneath, served with a thin slice of buckwheat crepe), the playful Foie Gras Hatcho Miso Monaka, Red Snapper Soupe De Poisson and Kombu Steamed Fluke. Save room for dessert, as you don’t want to miss the creative daily specials.
The menus are priced at $85 and $125 per person with an optional wine and sake pairing for $65 and $75. For full menus, click here: MIFUNE New York Tasting Menus
Italian Elegance: Bottino
Bottino, by Executive Chef/Partner Jamie Kenyon (Daniel, Bar Boulud, Perla, and Eataly), has curated a menu perfect for date night sharing.
Standouts include the sharable Murray’s Burrata with market vegetables or 20-month aged Prosciutto San Daniele served with young Tuscan pecorino. Pasta should not be overlooked, with a focus on the Cavatelli Alla Norma (house-made pasta with charred eggplant, tomato, pepper, and smoked ricotta salata) and the Tagliatelle Bolognese (house-made pasta, organic veal, pork and beef Bolognese). Seafood standouts include the Branzino, pan-roasted and served with a purée of cauliflower and a drizzle of pomegranate vinaigrette. All pair perfectly with a classic glass of wine or Italian apertivo.
For more information: www.bottinonyc.com
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