josh and i had one of those date nights last week where we were still sitting in a restaurant downtown at 10:45PM and as parents, it felt so rebellious and thrilling and fun to be a part of that sort of nighttime nyc scene that we really aren’t at all a part of these days. i know i’ve talked before about how we try hard to squeeze in date nights every so often because we find them to be so important for our relationship and marriage, but it’s just that when we do go out, we’re usually home fairly early. we’re just too tired! and sleep! sleep is such an incredible godsend when you have little ones at home.
we had dinner at minetta tavern, a special spot josh has been wanting to go to for years so it was fun to finally make it happen (it was great! we recommend it!). before dinner, we wandered all around the west village talking and taking in the scenes around us. it was a good night, and one of those summer nights where new york felt really special.
we don’t often take the camera out with us on date nights, but i’m so glad we did on this night because we had a lot of fun snapping pictures like the olden days (before having kids i feel like i always loved documenting date nights more.) anyway, night time pictures are so different but kind of great in their own right.
this handsome man is my favorite.
i ordered the mussels and then the pasta zaza which was so good. josh ordered the endive & trevisano salad and did the black label burger because he’s back on the hunt for his best burger in nyc and anxious to try them all! he usually prefers a thinner diner style patty over the thicker bistro kind, but this one surprised him because of how great it tasted the whole way through and didn’t even need cheese because he kept saying it was so rich! anyway, that’s the burger review. (by the way, if you have any burger spots in the city worth trying, send them our way. josh is very much into finding the very best these days!) also try the pommes anna (an alternative to french fries that was amazing.)
and this chocolate soufflé was incredible. someone at the table beside us ordered one and when i saw it i was like, “that looks like it feeds at least six people!” but then somehow josh and i plowed through the entire thing just the two of us and i was all, “never mind!”
this little block holds a special place in my heart from a million years ago when i first happened upon it. it’s also where our family took our christmas card photos this past winter.
summer nights in the city. hard to top. love this place and getting to explore it with my man by my side.