To keep tabs on every New York restaurant and bar opening is folly. But to keep tabs on the most worthy? Yeoman’s
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You’re here because: 222 seats of French grub, romance and general joie de vivre is exactly what date night calls for.
You’re dining on: The Chef’s famed Escargot de Bourgogne. Or just grab a baguette sandwich to go.
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Lower East Side
You’re here because: You popped in for their sophisticated Apéro Hour for cocktails and Scallop Ceviche but decided to stay forever — or at least for dinner.
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You’re here because: A swanky, Sinatra-era jewel box in the Beekman Tower has date night written all over it.
You’re dining on: Small plates like Pork Belly Sliders and Hudson Valley Foie Gras accompanied by loud cocktails like the Purple Tuxedo with gin, lavender and — yes,
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You’re here because: The best nights out with friends start with an easy, breezy bistro dinner.
You’re dining on: Deconstructed and surprising Cider-Braised Bacon Dates, the best West Coast oysters money can buy and fresh-baked Chocolate Chip Cookies that will haunt your dreams.
You’re here because: The best way to enjoy Michelin-star Chef Masa Takayama’s kaiseki (aka traditional multi-course Japanese dinner) is in an intimate, softly lit 39-seat hideaway.
You’re dining on: A rotating omakase-only menu, meaning Chef’s Choice or bus. So sit back, relax and enjoy.
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You’re here because: Cocktails and oysters go together like Trump and Twitter. See also: a built-in piano and a costume chest that guests are very much encouraged to sample from.
You’re dining on: A raw bar nonpareil, including