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As of one hour ago, you’re going on a date tonight, and apparently, you’re in charge of picking the place. After you take some deep breaths and realize that it’s not possible for the room to actually be shrinking, say that you’re going to Fiaschetteria Pistoia. They don’t take reservations, but the waits aren’t nearly as bad as the ones at nearby Via Carota, and the small, brick-walled spot is ideal for pretending to be interested in whatever happened at the dog park today. Order a $30 liter of house wine, some prosciutto with black truffle, and cacio e pepe, and there’s a good chance you’ll be invited to the dog park soon.
Sure, your significant other has reminded you every day for the last two weeks to make a reservation for date night, but you just never quite got around to it. Instead of risking a polite argument like the one from Valentine’s Day two years ago, head to Fiaschetteria Pistoia in the West Village. Dinner at this tiny Italian spot kind of feels like a romantic meal in your apartment, except for the fact that the food isn’t burnt or delivered from somewhere else. Split some small plates, cacio e pepe, and a $30 liter of wine, and it’ll seem like it was your plan to come here all along.
If There’s A Wait, Drink At: Marie’s Crisis.
The original Avenue C location of Fiaschetteria Pistoia is one of our go-to casual Italian spots (although it’s currently closed due to a fire), and the same team just opened a second location the West Village.