I had been hearing great things about the roasted chicken dish for two at Rotisserie Georgette in Manhattan. I tried it with a friend and I can tell you, it was one of the best meals I’ve had in a long while!
Peking duck, which can be split by two or more, is another one of my favorite dishes. If you’re also a fan, the meal at Decoy in the West Village (pictured above) is a must-try.
What I love about meals for two is that they are made to share so it makes the dinner, a fun, communal event. When it comes to dining in NYC, there are plenty of these shareable feasts that deserve attention. Read on to find out more.
Decoy: Peking Duck
You might have a little trouble finding this subterranean spot in the West Village. It’s downstairs from sister restaurant RedFarm on Hudson Street but you won’t have any trouble devouring the super tasty, Peking duck from owner Ed Shoenfeld and chef Joe Ng. The duck, which features crispy skin and moist meat, comes with all the fixin’s: homemade pancakes, julienned scallions and cucumbers, hoisin sauce, and a few others, as well.
Georgette Rotisserie: Poule de Luxe
This stylish and comfy bistro on East 60th Street, owned by Georgette Farkas, a trained chef and former communications director for Daniel Boulud, is famous for its Zimmerman Farm rotisserie chickens. The signature item is the Poule de Luxe, a whole roasted chicken for two stuffed with wild mushrooms and herbs and topped with a layer of foie gras. Delicious! There’s also plenty of decadent sides including guyure-infused baked potatoes and stuffed portobello mushrooms.
Lure Fishbar: Crispy Asian Snapper
If you are a seafood lover you’ve come to the right place: Lure Fishbar is a longtime SoHo spot that has everything from clams and crab legs to sushi and seared diver scallops. Its dish for two is the crispy Asian snapper, which comes with a spicy ginger sauce and stir-fry vegetables. If that’s not enough, you can choose from some of the flavorful side dishes including bok choy and lobster mac ‘n cheese.
The Breslin: Rib Steak
This hip AAA Three Diamond Rated gastropub in the NoMad neighborhood is from Michelin-starred chef April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig, Salvation Taco). There are plenty of meat dishes on the menu including a chargrilled burger and a braised lamb shank but the rib steak is one of those great meals for two for when you and a friend want to go full carnivore. The meat is 40-day dry aged USDA prime rib, seasoned with kosher salt and seared in a steel pan. It’s then served on a wooden cutting board and with béarnaise sauce and fries.
Vaucluse: Duck a l’orange
If you’re a fan of Michael White’s restaurants (Marea, Ai Fiori), you’ll want to visit his latest offering, an Upper East Side brasserie called Vaucluse. The menu features French classics such as entrecôte and sole meunière as well as rabbit and cheese ravioli and seared scallops. Its dish for two is canard à l’Orange, which is a roasted Rohan duck served with a wine-based citrus sauce and slices of orange.
Extra Fancy: New England Clam Bake
You’ll get in a summery mood by ordering the New England Clam Bake at Extra Fancy, a popular seafood restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with a cool backyard patio. This meal for two comes loaded with lobster tails, shrimp, mussels, clams, potatoes, corn on the cob and served in a broth with grilled bread on the side (great for dipping in the broth). It’s like having a little taste of New England in Brooklyn.
La Sirena: Branzino
Mario Batali’s latest restaurant is La Sirena in the Maritime Hotel in Chelsea. It’s a gorgeous-looking spot with tiled floors, silver leather banquettes, modernist chairs and a 38-foot long white marble bar. The menu features antipasti (grilled squid, marinated anchovies, etc.), pastas (linguine with clams, spaghetti with sausage) and plenty of fish options including the branzino for two which is grilled and beautifully seasoned and served whole.
Georgette Rotisserie: Tarte Tatin
If you are able to get through the rotisserie chicken for two, go all the way (you can get back on your diet tomorrow!) and order the restaurant’s signature dessert, the tarte tatin (above), also for two. The caramelized apple tart is perfectly prepared (baked upside down with its crust on top, then flipped just before serving) and topped with a generous dollop creme fraiche. It’s decadent and it’s not to be missed.
Is there any other meals for two in NYC that you would like to recommend? Tell us in the comments.