Here are five Lower East Side restaurants perfect for celebrating the occasion, plus you have even more great options in the app. From champagne toasts to decadent dishes, let Reserve help you cozy up to a romantic meal.
5 ROMANTIC LOWER EAST SIDE RESTAURANTS
Located inside the Ludlow Hotel on the Lower East Side, Dirty French dishes out classic French bistro fare, updated with modern techniques and bold flavors. Chandeliers hang from the wood-beamed ceiling, and red leather banquettes fill the contemporary space. An entirely French wine list and tropically inspired cocktails are served up at the corner bar.
Le Turtle serves modern, vegetable-forward French fare. The restaurant is laidback and rustic but also cool, featuring a pink velvet wraparound booth, pine-wood banquettes and a neon light installation. French and natural wine bottles are available.
THE LUCKY BEE
The Lucky Bee brings a farm-to-table approach to Southeast Asian street food. The restaurant, with vibrant pink and aqua splashes, features a standout hawkers station — inspired by those typical of the Thai region — where guests can watch the chefs prepare small plates and shuck oysters. A nod to the restaurant’s namesake, the cocktail list offers drinks made with honey and raises money for the New York City Beekeepers Association.
Tucked into a cozy space at the end of an unused alley off the Bowery, Freemans specializes in simple American cuisine inspired by Old World traditions. Classic cocktails, new concoctions and small-batch whiskies and spirits are served at the U-shaped bar, and an Old World-style wine list features many hard-to-find bottles as well as food-friendly, organic and biodynamic wines. The quaint, rustic interior features Colonial tavern decor like wooden chairs and quirky patterns.
BOWERY MEAT COMPANY
Bowery Meat Company delivers unique takes on traditional steakhouse fare, serving up modern meat dishes as well as old-school Italian-American classics from Chef Josh Capon. The restaurant’s inviting, retro vibe — finished with sleek wood details and geometric designs — is ideal for enjoying a great steak, along with something from the wines, spirits or beer list.