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This Hotel Bar on the Lower East Side May Inspire a Night of Sexy Parisian Role Play (You’re Welcome)

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If you like your romance like you like your attention—front and center—then there’s no better place to start the evening than with drinks and small plates at Dirty French in the Ludlow Hotel. Something about this place feels straight out of a sexy Parisian film. The staff all look like they walked straight off a runway, and the chandelier-laden ceiling is mesmerizing. Can’t grab a last minute table? Take a seat at the Lobby Bar—there’s a limited, but still very pleasing, food menu.

For a mix of high and low, make your next food stop Vanessa’s Dumpling House, a quick and crowded hotspot known for its cheap, delicious digs and no-frills goodness—aka just the spot to pile on different dishes till you’re stuffed. Load up on dumplings (steamed, fried, or drizzled with spicy sauce), slurp on their nourishing soups, devour their Beijing style buns and don’t forget to at least split a stuffed sesame pancake—the perfect combination of savory bread, fresh vegetables, and your choice of meat.

Dirty French

180 Ludlow Street, Manhattan

Vanessa’s Dumpling House

118A Eldridge Street, Manhattan

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