RECIPE FOR ROMANCE

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For a youthful date night, head to chef Jesse Schenker’s buzzing West Village haunt Recette, an upbeat spot with ‘90s music on the stereo and an eclectic mix of locals and wandering foodies occupying the tables. Your evening will feel intimate, though, thanks to flickering candles and a warm staff that seems to anticipate your every need. The people-watching here is top-notch, and once you and your date have finished constructing back-stories for your fellow diners, take in the sidewalk scene from massive windows while feeling cozy in your own Parisian hideaway. The name is French for recipe, and you’ll enjoy sampling a range of the kitchen’s expertise thanks to a menu built for sharing. Chef Schenker is young and innovative, as seen in his Iron Chef stint, and you’ll have plenty to talk about as you dig into cod fritters with lamb sausage and curry and quail stuffed with cornbread and chicken hearts. Being a French spot, the wine list is appropriately deep, but first warm up with a cocktail from a list that offers clever variations on classic recipes, like cinnamon-and-fig-infused vermouth in a Manhattan. At dessert you’ll imagine yourselves at a haute campfire, savoring s’mores made with burnt marshmallow, graham cracker ice cream, and chocolate ganache spiked with cayenne. It’s a perfectly cheeky note to cap off a night of approachable avant-garde cuisine.

Recette

328 W 12th St New York NY 10014

(212) 414-3000

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