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Midtown East

Take Your Best (Taste) Buds on the European Trip of a Lifetime with Italian Pastas and French Baked Goods

  • Dessert
  • Drinks
  • Food

Start date night with a romantic table for two at the Midtown Italian restaurant Barolo East. This spot is serving house-made pastas and Northern Italian dishes in a warm and cozy dining space, complete with candlelight and white linen tablecloths. The food is on point, from the Calamari Fritti  and Spaghetti Al Frutti Di Mare (shrimp, calamari, clams, and mussels in red sauce) to the Vitello Saltimbocca  (veal with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, and sage). You’ll definitely want to try something from every course. And don’t forget about their extensive wine list to pair with your meal.

Get a change of scenery for dessert, and head to Eclair Bakery, where your tastebuds will travel from Italy to France. From the macaron to the kouign amann, you’ve arrived in French pastry heaven. This small, no-frills patisserie delivers on both baked goods and coffee. While there’s a wide range of desserts to choose from, the eclairs are the real star. You can go with the classics, like chocolate and pistachio, or try one of their contemporary flavors, like the red velvet or matcha. Either way, you’ll find something you love.

Barolo East

214 East 49th Street, Manhattan

Eclair Bakery

305 East 53rd Street, Manhattan

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