Jonathan Wu’s Chinatown restaurant serves Chinese-American like nothing you’ve had before.The room is attractively snug, yet there’s still some space between the tables, which when combined with the dark, moody lighting at night will make you feel like you have some real privacy.Picking the right restaurant for dinner is always important.
Plus, the space is narrow, so it’s easy to get cozy.
Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar (West Village) Best for: Meeting for a quick drink.
Tucked into a dark corner on Downing Street, this Bromberg brothers bar is well-designed, with its blond-wood walls, French limestone floor, and elegant marble bar cast in soft lighting.
Food is light — think dishes like an “egg shooter” with Cajun shrimp and pickled peppers, toasts with smoked duck and foie gras, and French bread pizza — so you can order as little as you like or follow up with a full meal elsewhere if things are going well.
Lo’s desserts, like her poppyseed bread pudding and salted butterscotch beignets, are also notably delicious, so make a note of it if your date has a sweet tooth.