First Date, East Village, Degustation?
I am going on a first date and trying to keep it in the East Village or close. I'm looking at Degustation - I like the fact that it is a very different with cool food, but not in love with ordering a $75 tasting menu (I've read the 5 course really isn't enough food) on a first date as it could look like I'm trying to hard and also make the date feel a bit uncomfortable. Does anyone have any recommendations for a spot either in or close to the East Village that's a good spot for a date? Thanks!
Apiary is great for first dates. It's solid food that's not too "out there", but still delicious. Also, the vibe is nice, but isn't overly romantic (which could be off-putting for a first date). I think Degustation would be a little too... stuffy for a first. Also, since you're sitting side by side, you can't carry on a conversation quite as well if you were seated across the table from him/her.
Village Yokocho ??
Japanese, lots of small plates, great food, sprawling menu, not too pricey, very energetic and fun. Gets busy and does not take reservations though.
If you live in the area, poke your head in. You'll know in a minute whether it's for you.
8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003
It might also be awkward to be sitting side by side at an open kitchen for a first date...
Do you know if she has food aversions or allergies? Degustation can be intimidating for picky eaters: tomatoes, sardines, oysters, squid, octopus, quail,and I think duck have all shown up on the menu at one point or another.
I would do Prune, Apiary, Hearth, Redhead, maybe Motorino, or something in the Frank, Max, Supper, etc vein would be safer.
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003
Osteria Morini and Rubirosa are relatively new places that are fairly close to the east village. They are 2 different styles of Italian food, but both are excellent, and have a casual ambience that is good for a first date. I love Degustation, but I would save it for when you know each other a bit better.
Here's a link to my recent report on Rubirosa:
218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012