Desnuda: Wine, Food, and Romance

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While New York has its fair share of wine bars, there’s something special about Desnuda. This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spot in the East Village is worth seeking out on your next date night, because its nondescript exterior–it doesn’t even have a sign–belies a world of wine, food, and romance. Guide your sweetheart to a seat at the wood and tile bar and get ready for a feast for the senses. The well-curated wine list focuses on Spain and Latin America–the velvety Jelu pinot noir from Argentina is worth seeking out–so share a bottle as you watch a pair of talented chefs turn the miniscule space behind the bar into a culinary theater. As a cevicheria, the menu is primarily raw, with a focus on shellfish and creative interpretations of ceviche and tiradito, but there are a few items that make creative use of hot plates and blow torches. To really amp up the romance, however, order the tea-smoked oysters. The chef gathers Sichuan tea smoke into glasses before lowering one onto each freshly-shucked oyster. Watch as the swirling smoke “cooks” the oysters, then lift a glass, release the smoke, and experience this unique treat together. The delicate balance between the fragrant tea and briny oysters is simply magical, and you might just want to order a half-dozen more. Go ahead. There’s no hurry at this laid-back spot, where you can savor every sip, every bite, and every moment you have with your sweetheart before heading home with the promise of returning again soon.

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Desnuda

122 E 7th St New York NY 10009

(212) 254-3515

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