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What’s a Sexy Date Night Spot With Live Music?

In this Ask Eater, a reader seeks romance on the cheap

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Hi Eater,

I screwed up. I was going to take my fiancée to a Broadway show, but it costs thousands of dollars. Do you have a recommendation for the best place to go to have a decent meal with live music, preferably jazz? We live on the Lower East Side and would prefer not to go too far away from there. We don’t go out much, so I want it to be a special date night, couple-y experience.


(Still Trying to Be) A Doting Fiancé

Hi Doting,

Broadway is predictable and definitely not romantic, so it’s really better it turned out like this, anyway. Speaking of anyway: Anyway Cafe is the answer to your problems. This East Village Russian charmer is a total under-the-radar gem that has low-key live music every night of the week.

You and your fiancée will feel like you discovered something special together when you walk into this dimly candlelit space, where infused vodka flows freely. You asked for decent food, which is what Anyway Cafe delivers, with its old-school menu of pelmeni, stroganoff, gravlax, and more.

Get a little tipsy together, listen to the sexy beats, and I just bet you’ll be happy with where the night leads you.

— Stef

Anyway Cafe

1602 Gravesend Neck Road, Brooklyn, NY 11229 (718) 934-5988 Visit Website