Best date night restaurants downtown?
Recently moved to NYC and having a pretty good (yet sometimes frustrating) time finding interesting "date night" restaurants. We go out once a week, and tend to lean more towards Farm-to-table, New American, French, rustic Italian, and seafood spots. Clearly all the top-tier places are obvious (EMP, Per Se), but what are some other key spots. Really enjoyed Gramercy Tavern, L'Artusi, and Prima, Saxon+Parole was okay. Totally underwhelmed by Locanda Verde and Balthazar.
Bonus points for places will exceptionally executed cocktail menus.
Mas Farmhouse if you liked Gramercy Tavern.
Dell'anima if you liked L'Artusi.
I think Public is better than Saxon and Parole, give that a shot.
The restaurants with the best cocktail programs are probably:
Momofuku Ssam Bar
I'm not saying this to be argumentative. I'm really wondering.
Because I date in a suspect demographic, I've found myself eating at Standard Grill many times since it opened.
I don't understand why people praise it.
Sure, it's better (even much better) than you'd expect a restaurant with such a guaranteed and presumably undiscerning crowd to be.
But is it good, relative to other places that charge the same prices but aren't in the Standard Hotel in MePa? I personally don't think so. I wouldn't pay that money for that food, ordinarily.
What am I missing?