The sit-down sister restaurant to Jason Wang’s Xi’an Famous Foods chainlet, Biang!is the spot for introducing your date to the cumin and dried-chili-spiked flavors of Xi’an’s Silk Road cuisine.If you’re looking for a spot that’s open late, or a cheeky spin on something usually reserved for fancier occasions, come here.Champagne and fried chicken are always winners, but the restaurant also serves a pan-Southern menu of dishes like buttermilk biscuits and shrimp and grits.For those seeking an old-world setting for their date, this West Village wine bar is the spot.
The room is attractively snug, yet there’s still some space between the tables, which when combined with the dark, moody lighting at night will make you feel like you have some real privacy.
At Anita Lo’s elegant flagship, the room, with its neutral colors and spare decorations, manages to be elegant without feeling ostentatious.
The food draws from various Asian influences — see the famous foie gras soup dumplings or the pakora fried oysters currently on the menu — without strictly sticking to the continent.
Big dishes — like that duck — must be ordered ahead and may be too much for two, depending on your ambitions, but there are plenty of sides, like fried rice and Katz’s pastrami triangles, to satisfy.
El Maguey y La Tuna (Lower East Side) Best for: An easygoing place to grab food before hitting the bars.