Farmhouse Food & Romantic French Decadence on the LES
This classically cute little restaurant is the perfect place to settle down for a good ole’ American meal with your love. With its checkered white and black floor, red leather seating and straightforward menu chock full of farm fresh American favorites, Farmhouse serves up a meal that won’t let you down. Think plentiful starters like mussels in white wine sauce and hearty meatballs, then move on to mains like butternut squash ravioli and of course—the cheeseburger. When it comes to cocktails, you’ll want to go for their Old Fashioned or the Ginger Martini. Top it off with a side of fries and some pecan pie, and you've crushed it.
While simplicity often makes romance, every once in a while we need a good dose of unabashed extravagance. Enter: Excuse My French on the Lower East Side. Walk in and see still-life paintings in gaudy gold frames on green and gold wallpaper, and a fake library wallpaper hiding the bathroom door. The tapas-style restaurant serves French-inspired bar food and lends itself well to sexy conversation. We also love their cocktail selection—shout out to the color-changing L’Antonieta which pays homage to 20th-century Mexican intellectual Antonieta Rivas Mercado, who shot herself on the altar of the Notre Dame cathedral in the name of unrequited love.
81 Ludlow Street, Manhattan
Excuse My French
96 Orchard Street, Manhattan