Walk past the Ravagh Persian Grill on 1st Avenue (there are two other locations), and there’s a good chance you’ll see a relatively empty restaurant space. Don’t be deterred. This is a great place to come when you want a low-key dinner involving perfectly-grilled kebabs, rice, and persian stews like ghormeh sabzi (with herbs, beans, and beef) and khoresh fesenjan (with chicken, walnuts, and pomegranate). The portions are large, the setting is tranquil, and it’s a great place to treat like an extension of your living room.
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The Roost is a bar that happens to also a be a coffee shop in the daytime. So feel free to work here during the day then bring a date at night.
Bibi is a plain-looking little wine bar in the East Village that’s perfect for a low-key date night.
Zaragoza is an excellent place for a quick Taco Fix in the East Village. Although eating in is an option, this should only be thought of as a Serious Take-Out Operation.
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