Plus, the space is narrow, so it's easy to get cozy.
Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar (West Village) : Meeting for a quick drink.
Jeffrey's Grocery (West Village) : People who want to go out to a place that feels instantly recognizable.
For those seeking an old-world setting for their date, this West Village wine bar is the spot.
It hasn't lost its charm in the near decade since it opened, sticking to its MO of Italian wines; rustic cooking like crostini with walnut pesto, olive-oil-whipped salt cod, and rabbit potpie; and a casual environment where you can talk for as long -- or short -- as you'd like.
Sometimes you want to have fun and be close to plenty of post-dinner bar options without spending a ton.
This Houston Street taqueria is not the best in town, but the southern Mexican cooking is enjoyable, the decoration kitschy and fun, and the margaritas cheap and plentiful.
Andrew Carmellini's Bowery spot specializes in pasta and small plates, so you can split fried calamari with spicy aioli and tuck into bowls of spaghetti and clams, or fusilli with veal Genovese, while sharing stories of your semester abroad in Rome.