231 "Drinks & A Light Bite" restaurants in New York.
When you don’t want to commit to a full dinner (blind date, catching up with an aunt, waiting two hours for a table elsewhere), bars with good food are ideal. Make an easy exit after the first round, or go for a second and maybe some food if it’s going well. Either way, these spots have you covered.
We like this tiny French restaurant on the Lower East Side so much we almost didn’t want to tell you about it.
Part natural wine bar, part restaurant, The Four Horsemen is one of our favorite places to drink and eat in Brooklyn.
Ruffian is a tiny East Village bar with a huge natural wine list and a short menu of really good Mediterranean food.
Karasu is a Japanese speakeasy/izakaya you find by going through the back door of Walter’s in Fort Greene. Go for cocktails and fried chicken.
Dante is the rebirth of a beloved 100-year-old Greenwich Village restaurant. It’s ideal for a first date over drinks and small plates.
Located inside the Redbury Hotel, Vini E Fritti is a wine and snack bar that’s a great place to meet someone in Nomad.
Tournesol is a French small plates restaurant in Long Island City that’s ideal for casual date night.
So it’s not often that a wine bar comes with an enthusiastic Infatuation Approval, but Terroir’s new outpost in Tribeca most certainly does.
Atla is the new small plates Mexican restaurant in Noho from Enrique Olvera of Cosme.
ROKC is a restaurant serving ramen and oysters, but this place is all about the cocktails, which get served in lightbulbs and conch shells.
Lavender Lake could get away with being a just great bar with a large outdoor patio. However, it scores extra points from us for putting some care into curating a small but solid selection of bar s...
Zizi Limona is a Middle Eastern spot in Williamsburg that works for pretty much any casual dinner situation.
Have & Meyer is a tiny Italian wine bar in Williamsburg where you can get over 90 natural wines by the glass.
Thanks to the prices, this casual(ish) bar in The NoMad hotel probably isn’t a place that you can afford to visit often. But when you do, eat dessert.
Aria in the West Village is a picture-perfect, cozy little room, ideal for a first date experience that may end up with you making out in the street.