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Celebs Flock To This No-Frills Italian Spot In The East Village And So Can You

  • Food
  • Theater

Tonight, kick things off with what might be the East Village’s best Italian trattoria. Rooted in a traditional Italian atmosphere, what sets this restaurant apart from the competition is the attention to detail. From the gorgeously weathered wallpaper to the crystal chandeliers, Emilio’s Ballato somehow manages to feel upscale and rustic all at once. A celebrity hotspot (President Obama took his daughter Malia there for dinner), this place offers up classic Italian fare, but one dish you’ll want to consider is their Gamberi Oreganate (that is, if you like shrimp).

After dinner, embrace your inner vaudevillian at Duane Park. This ritzy, turn of the century-style venue is hosting The Plume Review’s live burlesque show, perfect for an untraditionally romantic night out. The show is filled with jazz, tap-dancing, and tassels, while the bar offers up a bevy of craft cocktails honoring the era from which its shows are inspired, including their must-try Lady Marmalade (roasted citrus-infused tequila, dubonnet, blood orange, and fresh lemon). Performers take the stage at 9:30pm.

Emilio's Ballato

55 East Houston Street, Manhattan

Duane Park

308 Bowery Street, Manhattan

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