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A Decadent French Meal Paired With A Scholarly Cafe From the 60s

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The decadent French cuisine at Harlem bistro RDV-Rendezvous flirts with a little Mediterranean flair which, along with the guidance of an expert Sommelier, will bring you the dinner of your dreams. Think French onion soup, moules frites, escargot, foie gras—the whole nine yards. Their Sommelier is passionate about wine and loves to share his knowledge and experience with guests. So make sure you add a little something extra to your dinner by saying hi to Kfir. You'll be treated to stories about the history of the wine and the wine-making process.

This charming old-time establishment has all the magical vibes plus seriously good desserts. Although The Hungarian Pastry Shop is a hub for Columbia students and scholars nearby, it offers a homey, rustic space to nab a little table for two and create your own private romantic world. The scrumptious spread of Eastern European treats spans the likes of fruity, crispy strudels (from the staple apple to a more interesting poppyseed) lindsor tarts, and fruity hamentashen to mountainous baklava, sinfully creamy Napoleon, and the most succulent cheesecake in New York. Aside from absolutely exquisite sweets and Euro-themed espresso drinks, you’ll find yourselves situated in a truly idyllic, scholarly-chic setting, with low light, tables crammed together, and the same abstract, original art that’s been inspiring its many patrons since it first opened in 1961. Its close proximity to St. John the Divine means you and your love can even spoon each other treats under the awe-inspiring shadow of its gothic beauty if you want a change of scene. Pro-tip: this will be the best hot chocolate you’ve ever had, so make sure you bring cash to cop it with—58 years in the business and things are the same as they were in the sixties.

RDV Rendezvous

2072 Fredrick-Douglass Boulevard, Manhattan

The Hungarian Pastry Shop

1030 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan

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