Elevate your next bar date with a trip to Chapter One, a West Village tavern that puts a modern slant on the classics. You’ll feel the staff’s warmth right from the door, where in nice weather the glass rolls away to better take in the street scene. Grab a seat at the bar, a high-top table, or get cozy on a candlelit corner of the burgundy banquette in back. Vintage black and whites on the walls add to the neighborhoody feel as you check out the menu.
Sharing bites never made date night less intimate, and you’ll want to split smart starters like beef tartare with black garlic and pickled mustard seeds, or the homey whipped salt cod, smoothed out with smoked potato. The chef’s from Dixie and you’ll catch his accent in mains like seared scallops with peas and bacon, and smoked pork ribs with beer-braised collards. (There are house-made pork rinds, too, but maybe you’ll tip your hand to that addiction at a later date.)
The drinks match the food, with a focus on quality and a dearth of pretense. The bourbon in the house Old-Fashioned has been waiting patiently for twelve years to shine with the citrus and bitters in your glass. There’s wine, too, with the casks coming from just down the road at City Winery. Raise a toast to each other. It’s time for dessert. The apple-IPA fritters are off the hook, adding a hint of bitter beer to salted caramel ice cream and sweet walnut streusel. After that, it’ll be time to turn the page.