Speakeasies. New York wrote the book on ‘em. Now we’re lousy with ‘em.
Don’t get us wrong — an element of secrecy can make for a great date night. But there’s only room in this town for but so many garter-sleeved shaker jockeys.
Here’s the alternative to that: SRO, the new “speakeasy pizzeria” tucked inside a romantic Bowery boîte and now accepting reservations.
Named for the single-room-occupancy apartments of the Bowery’s gritty heyday, SRO’s the brainchild of Neapolitan pie guru Giulio Adriani: a guy whose pizzaiolo accolades require their own trophy case.
Works like this: enter your email on SRO’s website and you’ll receive a password. Ring the provided number and give them said password in exchange for a reservation.
Then grab your date and pop down to Bowery tapas den Espoleta. Inside you’ll be directed to an unassuming door that leads to a charmingly Lilliputian dining room decked in white subway tile and vintage Bowery photography.
The three-course tasting menu features your choice of pie straight from the wood-burning oven (a rotating menu known to showcase such combos as chorizo and shishito peppers) and wine pairings from SRO’s Master Sommelier.
Great date, no matter how you slice it.