The East Village is full of places the size of small U-Haul trucks that serve wine and Mediterranean food to people on dates. While Papilles, a white-brick space with about 10 two-tops and a handful of bar stools, is a part of this club, it also stands out by taking its French food quite seriously. Dishes like rabbit saddle with apricot chutney and mustard whipped cream are as good and complex as what you’d expect to find at a white-tablecloth French spot - and while other things, like the guinea hen, are less impressive, overall this place deserves a spot in your East Village date night rotation.
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Veniero’s Pasticceria & Caffe
This East Village institution is one of the few tourist traps actually worth a visit in the neighborhood. Get a cannoli and a box of rainbow cookies.
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Fabiane’s Cafe & Pastry Shop
Fabiane’s is an all-day French cafe two blocks from the Bedford L stop in Williamsburg.
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Il Posto Accanto
Il Posto Accanto in the East Village is home to some of the best meatballs and pastas in town. Plus, it has a great wine list and open air dining.
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