The Lowest Key of Nights in the East Village
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When you're in the mood for a classic Italian meal and an atmosphere suited perfectly for warm conversation, go to Porsena in the East Village. Don't even debate for a second on what to order—the name of the game here is pasta. Order three and split them all. Go for the chitarra with lump crab meat, the paparadelle in a brown butter sage sauce and the rigatoni al norcino with garlic sausage. No shock here, but the dessert is also spectacular and changes on a nightly basis.
After, take a quick stroll to The Gray Mare for an after-dinner drink. A fancier pub built for a more mature East Village vibe, this place is a neighborhood mainstay. Complete with sexy, dim mood lighting, a plant wall, and a portrait of George Washington—it's the cozy bar you're always in the mood for.
21 East 7th Street, Manhattan
The Gray Mare
61 Second Avenue, Manhattan