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.
More spots in East VillageSee more
Short Stories is a little East Village bar that’s great for a relatively quiet cocktail.
Paper Daisy is a casual cocktail bar in the East Village with plenty of tables, solid bar snacks, and a nice front patio.
More French spotsSee more
Vin Sur Vingt
The Upper West Side location of Vin Sur Vingt is a brick-walled French wine bar that’s good for early-in-the-game dates.
Daniel is a New York City fine dining classic. Save it for a special occasion and eat in the salon, where things are a bit more laid back.
Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte
Le Relais De Venise L’Entrecôte is a French restaurant in Midtown East where the only thing on the menu is very good steak frites.
Suggested by our writers
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.
Ruffian is a tiny East Village bar with a huge natural wine list and a short menu of really good Mediterranean food.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more